What I look for in a Church Planter – Part 2 – Guest Blogger Steve Stroope, Author of Tribal Church

Guest blogger Steve Stroope here again.  In my book Tribal Church I talk about what I look for in a church planter. Yesterday we looked at the first characteristic: The Church Planter must be a Strong Leader.

And today, I want to continue with the second vital characteristic that we’d identified in successful church planters.:

The Church Planter needs to have Strong Teaching Skills.

I’m constantly amazed when I hear about church planting networks choosing to invest Kingdom dollars to support a planter without ever hearing them teach!

It seems like for some reason, these networks are hesitant to use this as a criteria for planting effectiveness.

Whether we like it or not, the people we’re trying to reach will use teaching skills as criteria in deciding whether or not to attend, plug in and grow spiritually as a part of this new church.

So the ability to teach well is a non-negotiable for a church planter

And thankfully for us, teaching skills are among the easiest to verify in the process.

In fact, a simple call or email to request past teaching audio or video recordings and a few minutes to review them is all it takes.

And you can quickly validate if a potential candidate has this second necessary characteristic.

Remember, as you look for the right church planter or as you evaluate yourself in preparation for becoming a church planter, that you must be wise and use all the tools at your disposal to be a good steward of God’s resources.



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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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