Church Planting /
Am I a Christian? (
John 3:16) Am I passionately in love with Jesus, and is He the Lord of every area of my life? (Personal spiritual dynamics is the second most important area.)
Do I believe His word, and does it affect my life deeply?
Am I Spirit-filled, Spirit-directed, Spirit-led, and Spirit-controlled? (
Acts 1:8) Am I qualified as an Elder? (1 Timothy, Titus)
Do I love the local church as the expression of a gospel community on mission? (
Matthew 28:18-20) Am I a missionary to the city? Am I sent for the advancement of the gospel in the city? (
John 20:21) Do I have a clear vision for this new work? (
Nehemiah 1:3-4; 2:11-18) Am I willing to pour myself out in obedience to the vision? (Phil. 2, Romans 6)
Am I healthy—physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, relationally, maritally?
Am I the kind of leader many people will follow? Have I served as a church leader successfully? (
1 Tim. 5:22; 3:6) Can I preach effectively?
Can I guard the doctrinal door with Biblical clarity and tenacious confidence?
Can I architect a new work with entrepreneurial skill?
Am I called to plant a church at this time and in this place? (
Acts 17:26; 1 Peter 5:2) Have my church leaders commended me for this calling? (
Acts 11:22-26; 13:1-4; 16:1-2) Am I a hard worker? Am I persevering? (
2 Thes. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 2 Tim. 2:3-6) Am I adaptable to new people, places, and concepts?
Can I raise the funds necessary for my family’s needs? (
1 Tim. 5:8) Am I humble enough to learn from others—particularly those who have gone ahead of me in different areas?