Guest blogger Steve Stroope here, in my book Tribal Church I talk about what I look for in a church planter. For the last 3 days we have looked at the first 3 characteristics of a church planter:
1. The Church Planter should be a strong leader.
2. The Church Planter needs to have strong teaching skills.
3. The Church Planter should have some prior vocational experience and success in that field of endeavor.
And today we’ll wrap up this series of posts by looking at our final characteristic:
There is obviously no simple evaluation tool to measure this attribute, but without it you’re asking for trouble.
That’s one reason why it is vitally important to know the candidate extremely well or know someone who does.
The investment we make is too large to leave this issue to chance or to try and determine character with only a couple of interviews.
Take time before making a decision to look into past history, check references and talk to people that can give you insight in the candidate’s character.
Oh, and you’d be amazed by what you can learn about someone by a careful read of their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Evaluate what kinds of posts they share and the activities they like to participate in.
Of all the essential characteristics we’ve looked at this week, Character is by far the hardest to determine.
That said, no other quality has so much riding on it, so it’s worth whatever time and energy it takes to do your homework.
I hope this brief blog series has been helpful. If you have not yet read my book Tribal Church, I would encourage you to pick it up today and see how God might speak to you as you read it.
Editor’s note: Don’t forget – Nelson is hosting a FREE Church Planting Webinar on “The Top 3 Church Planting Mistakes” next week. If you are a church planter, this is one online event that you will want to attend. It is free for church planters.
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