How do we discern our calling to be church planters, whether individually or those praying about their calling?
Let me share with you three vital components of calling.
1. Aspiration. Think of it as your internal calling. Aspiration presupposes the motivation of the gospel. Why do you want to plant a church? Do you love Jesus first and foremost? Do you love the Church? We need to remember the centrality of the Church in the age of redemption.
2. Adequacy. It’s always good to look at the qualifications when considering whether to be a deacon or elder of the church. As we read through the list, we see certain specific gifts are important, such as being apt to teach. What really stands out is your heart and character. Your walk and “Christ-ness” is what is being known as a leader. Part of your demonstration is your commitment to Scripture and your local church, and those around you also are bearing witness to recognition of your gifting.
3. Affirmation. It’s not a solo calling. Listen to the godly men and women who are in a position to question your sense of calling. If you receive pushback, welcome life-giving rebukes.
Adapted from the Sending Church Masterclass, which provides training and development for kingdom-minded leaders and churches in this Great Commission work. Understand your church’s role and get practical help reaching the nations with the gospel, one church at a time. Start the Sending Church Masterclass here.
Published October 10, 2022