What if God could provide an opportunity for you to spend several days in an environment solely focused on helping you discern some of how God has wired you? A place where qualified people interact with and observe in order to speak into your life?
These opportunities regularly occur for those who think God might be leading them to lead in planting a new church.
I had an opportunity just like this a few years ago when I was assessed as a lead church planter and part of what I get to do now is to help provide that opportunity for others who sense they might be wired to lead in the planting of new churches. Experiencing these moments has changed my life and ministry for the better.
I’ve spent much of this week in Colorado Springs, CO with a group of potential planters and a group of assessors at a Church Planter Assessment Center—one of those environments focused on this kind of discernment. I’m reminded in these moments of how thankful I am for the many people God has placed in my life to call out more in me than I saw in myself. I’m reminded of how heroic church planters are as they lay everything on the line for the sake of seeing Jesus become real to others as they plant the Gospel in their communities.
And I’m reminded to intentionally find opportunities to be the person who calls others to more; to regularly encourage those investing in the hard, good work of multiplication, and to consistently choose adventure over safety when it’s clear the adventure is God’s design.
If you think God might be leading you into the adventure of starting new churches and that your role might be to lead in that process, I’d love to help you walk through a process of discernment.