Characteristics of a church planter

Been browsing the Redeemer Church Planting manual – great resource – and was struck by these two points under the characteristics of a church planter…

1. Prayer: convinced that prayer is more than a devotional practice; prayer is the work of ministry.
2. Spiritual vitality: exhibits a compelling walk with God demonstrated in a deep commitment to Christ and his Word.

I am not sure that in Australian Church planting cirlces we emphasize this enough. We tend to focus on gifts and a readiness to fight. I am praying as of today that I will be convinced prayer is a work of ministry (Luke 10; Acts 6).


Taking time off in ministry

Found this on Pipers accountability questionaire:

* For the purpose of time invested into ministry and time off for rest and family, the pastors split the each day into 3 Rest & Rejuvenation modules (morning, afternoon, & evening) or 21 modules a week. They have pledged to take off 7-10 R&R modules a week, and to take off 3 of these modules consecutively (to fulfill a Sabbath principle). Most pastors take their Sabbath on Fridays, and choose 4-7 other modules a week to take off.

I reckon this is hard to keep to?  BUT I also reckon I waste time just in the office not being productive!  I hate that.  My mate clocks his hours and when he is done is amount for the week he is done.  Pens down and out of there!

Things to expect of your MTS trainer – number 1

Expect you will be disappointed

One of the things that amazes me as an MTS trainer is that they are often surprised when I disappoint them. Our doctrine of sin and renewal ought to teach us that we ought not be surprised when our trainer lets us down but at the same time we can be hopeful to see change as you nut out your relationship with your trainer.

Making choices

How does this change the decisions we make about career.  A friend of mine (who has only been a Christian a year) had a choice.  A job with more money and fantastic career prospects, but that required a move or stay where he is on less money but around a church fmaily he has just settled into and  more time to get involved with his church family (and probably less liklihood of being lured away from his faith by the pursuit of a career.  An hour before he made his decision he stumbled across this passage:

4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem [a] as well—the delights of the heart of man. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.

11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.

He decided life was not about money and pleasure but about Jesus and he thought he could do that best for now with less money and surrounded by people who encourage him to live for Jesus.  What would you choose?