Thoughts on Planting:
Multitude of Gifts
By Bill Egan, Director of Church Planting
Church planters and pastors generally carry quite heavy loads. Unlike other vocations that have seen a slow down due to our current pandemic, church planters and pastors have found themselves working to balance unusually busy work schedules. Much of this is due to the need for utilizing social media platforms such as Zoom in order to help people stay relatively connected. All these new tools have been a tremendous help, but have also created steep learning curves to figure out which tools work best for each given opportunity and this is in addition to all the regular duties of a church planter.
If there was ever a time when church planters and pastors needed help, I can’t think of a more opportune time. In Ephesians 4:11-12 it describes how God gave a multitude of gifts to his Church for the purpose of equipping the saints for works of service. Leadership multiplication is key to seeing a healthy vibrant church in our local community. We’ve heard the saying, “we are better together.” This is absolutely true…we can’t do it alone, nor were we called to.
Pressure and stress tend to reveal blind spots. Every obstacle creates opportunities if we seize those moments. Church planters who had the foresight of multiplying leaders within their congregations are in a much better strategic position to manage these unforeseen challenges. The good news is that even if we have been caught off guard and realize we overlooked this vital strategic component, it’s never too late to begin.
As church planters and pastors consider their congregations, they can begin by earnestly praying for insight and wisdom to identify the multitude of gifts the Lord has already poured out among the saints. As these gifts become clear, equip, train and empower members to serve in strategic ways that help move the church forward in advancing the Kingdom together.