20 Characteristics of a Church Planter


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

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