a Biblical thought...
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
a Book thought...
We may be embarrassed about Christianity but we don't have to be embarrassed about Jesus. (p60 Kimball)
a Dave thought...
The following ten basic skill sets are the kind of skill sets and traits that church planters need to have in order to be effective in their church planting mission. They are based upon a study of scripture (see Ephesians 4 and Matthew 28), a major research project by Dr. Charles Ridley and Robert Logan and extensive conversations with Church planting leaders.
The Competencies they think are necessary are...
1. Visionary Leadership Skills
2. Starting-Gathering Skills
3. Communication Skills
4. Evangelistic Skills
5. Discipling Skills
6. Equipping Skills
7. Team Building Skills
8. Group and Leader Multiplication Skills
9. Knowledge of Church Planting
10. Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
On Friday Kylie and I did an assessment with two competent facilitators for 7 hours to discover how we fit when it comes to these competencies. In a week we will have a report given to us with our strongest areas and our work areas displayed, and a recommendation whether we are fit to plant a church. I am very much looking forward to the results and hope one day this door will open for us. I am a big believer in assessments but yes they do fail and in the end nothing beats determination, passion and God.
Just a thought.
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