3. You’re determined like Caleb.
When Caleb is 80 years old, he goes to his long-time friend Joshua and says, “Listen, dude. I have done everything you’ve asked me to do. I have fought side-by-side with you to drive the heathens from the Promised Land for 40 years. I’ve put up with the yammering and complaining of the Israelites. I’ve eaten so much manna and quail I can’t face another chicken sandwich. Now, GIVE ME MY MOUNTAIN!”
Church planters struggle with understanding the word “No.”
When the school says “No” they hear, “Not today, come back tomorrow.”
When their next door neighbor says “No” they hear, “Not yet.”
When the high-capacity potential volunteer says “No” they hear, “I don’t quite understand the vision.”
Great church planters are determined not to fail.
4. You party like Matthew.
When Matthew realizes Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah, he doesn’t build a church, he doesn’t call a priest and he doesn’t write a poem; Matthew throws a party. And based on the guest list, Matthew’s gang of tax collectors and sinners, it’s likely a party to be remembered. The cops may or may not have been called.
Church planters who reach people who aren’t church shopping, people who don’t even think about church, know how to throw an epic party. There is music, there is laughter, things sometimes get a little out of hand. Church planting and party planning seem to go hand in hand.
Evangelistic church planters tend to party hard.
5. You can lead a band of misfits like David.
“David and his Mighty Men” sounds like a great title for a superhero movie. We have visions of brave soldiers straight out of the movie 300 with square jaws, bulging muscles and wills of steel. But that isn’t who David’s mighty men were. Here’s their description from 1 Samuel 22:
“So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”
These “mighty men” were worthless malcontents running from the law. This was David’s leadership pipeline.
Church planters build leaders from soon-to-be former drug addicts, deadbeat dads and unemployed blue-collar workers.
The John Maxwell leaders play golf and attend a megachurch. Leaders in a church plant work the night shift and hang out at a bar.
When I was trying to grow a church in Huffman, Texas, my leader/misfits were a guy hiding from the IRS, a recovering cocaine addict and a guy who smoked a joint before church every Sunday morning to calm his nerves.