Core Competencies

By Bill Egan, Director of Church Planting

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What is the skill set necessary to be a successful church planter? Certainly, the broad list of qualifications for any leader in the Church from 1Timothy 3 and Titus 1 would be an excellent place to start. In addition to the skill and character requirements, church planters must possess unique defining capabilities in order to be effective.


While there are many such core competencies, one that stands out is boldness. I love meeting church planters that seem unphased by the real and potential obstacles related to church planting. This is more than optimistic thinking, it is a clear vision for the task they have been called to accomplish. I consider this a “core competency” because this clear vision is what drives their strategy forward.


In this context, boldness is being keenly aware of the Lord’s calling and equipping for this task. This assurance allows the church planter to give away the keys to the Kingdom to others freely. The church planter must understand that to be successful it will require an army of trained and mature believes beyond their own capabilities. Boldness is what allows church planters to empower others to become fellow harvesters in expanding God’s Kingdom, not their own. 


This boldness goes beyond a specific skill or character trait. In reality, it is part of the successful church planter’s worldview. Joshua was encouraged to lead the Israelites, not because of his skills, character, or abilities as a leader, but because the Lord Himself was accomplishing His plan through him. We read in Joshua 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them.” 


Knowing this changes everything, and gives the church planter courage to succeed. This is why I think boldness is a core competency for any church planter. It is very freeing to realize that as we advance the Kingdom together, it is, in reality, the Lord who is doing all the advancing, we simply walk in obedience as His servants.