Episode 473: Discerning a Call

In Episode 473 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss the process of discerning a call to church planting.

“What advice do you have for someone who is discerning the call to plant a church?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • The importance of prayer and fasting
  • What steps to start with to begin your assessment

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “When I planted my first church I was not assessed. I was not coached. I did not have an online tool.” – @edstetzer
  • “My wife and I planted a church because God directed us to.” – @edstetzer
  • “Prayer was the only thing that we had that helped us to discern a call.” – @edstetzer
  • “Take an in-depth screening with an organization.” – @edstetzer
  • “You should fast and pray until God has given you a ‘come over here and help us’ moment.” – @edstetzer
  • “I do not think you should plant a church until you have a deep burden for the people and the place where you believe you are supposed to plant a church because that burden and sense of certainty in your call will be the only thing that gets you through somedays.” – @edstetzer
  • “If everyone is telling you that you should not be a church planter – God has not wired you that way – but you do it anyway, the end result is problematic and confusing.” – @edstetzer

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Published March 12, 2020

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