Posted in: Calling
A Qualified Man
by Bruce Wesley
I met with a pastor of a large and influential church with the hopes of engaging him in a church planting movement for the sake of the city. Over lunch, his observation about church planters surprised me. “I find that most church planters are characterized by two things: arrogance and impatience.” He quickly added, “And I guess I should not be surprised at that. Who else can believe that he can gather disinterested people, lead them to a new life in Christ and help them embrace a mission to change the world with little or no physical resources?”
I think the second comment was his way of trying to diffuse some of the tension he felt about his own statement. After all, I am a church planter—you know, arrogant and impatient. But he was right about church planters, and that is not good. Arrogance and impatience are clear and obvious disqualifiers for men who seek to plant churches.
Movements require qualified men. It does not matter how many churches we plant if the pastors are not qualified and the churches are not healthy. Furthermore, since church planting has become “sexy,” greater clarity is needed about the qualifications for pastors and church planters.
"Movements require qualified men.
It does not matter how many churches we plant
if the pastors are not qualified and
the churches are not healthy."
At the Acts 29 Boot Camp in Houston, I will address, “A Qualified Man.” I will tell four stories of church planters I have known or coached whose church plants failed. I believe these particular failures happened because the church planters were not qualified from the start.
I hope these stories do two things: (1) help you discern whether you are, “A Qualified Man,” (2) inspire you to engage in a community devoted to becoming qualified men by God’s grace.
Join us. Who knows, God may choose to move in and through us to create a movement for the sake of the gospel like the world has never seen.
|Join Bruce Wesley, Matt Chandler, Leonce Crump, Sam Storms, and Doug Logan at the Houston Boot Camp, May 22-23, 2013.|