You might be a church planter if…

Hal SeedToday’s guest post comes to us from Hal Seed, the Founding Pastor of New Song Community Church and church planter. Hal has helped launch a church planting movement that has planted 163,000 churches in the past fifteen years.

My favorite comedian these days is Jeff Foxworthy. He’s famous for his long list of “You might be a redneck … ” jokes. (“If you’ve ever made change in the church offering plate, you might be a redneck.”)

Last week, I was training a group of church planters when the thought occurred to me, I’ll bet there’s a bunch of funny church planter lines like that. So I put together a list. It turns out, there’s not much humor in it. Church planting is the serious work of heaven. There’s plenty of laughter and joy in it, though.

So, with a nod to Mr. Foxworthy, here are 15 ways to know if you might be a church planter:

1. If you love dreaming about what could be for God, you might be a church planter.
2. If you can’t stand the thought of lost people going to Hell, you might be a church planter.
3. If you like lost people as much as or more than you like found people, you might be a church planter.
4. If you know the exact population of the city you live in, how many of them go to church and how many don’t, you might be a church planter.
5. If you love leading people to Christ, you might be a church planter.
6. If you like taking risks, you might be a church planter.
7. If you’re willing to ask others to pray for you and support your dream, you might be a church planter.
8. If you can persevere when all Hell breaks loose, you might be a church planter.
9. If you realize you started all sorts of new things when you were a kid, you might be a church planter.
10. If your wife is committed to risking and reaching out, you might be a church planter.

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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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