I'm Twenty Years Old and I Want to Plant a Church
We frequently receive applications and questions from young men who are between eighteen and twenty-four who want to plant a church. Some of them wisely inquire what is necessary for them to be ready to plant, recognizing that they’re ‘not there’ yet.
Clearly church planting is a marathon, not a sprint, and a decision to plant requires a calling and a good deal of sober judgment.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
— Luke 14:28-30
As we help men think through whether they should plant a church, we encourage those who are under twenty-five years old to wait now and prepare to plant.
What does it look like for you to prepare to plant a church? Become a member in your local church. Serve there. Let your service and the leadership there help test, develop and grow your character, skills and calling.
The Austin Stone Community Church is an Acts 29 church planted by Matt Carter. Two young men in college are members and leaders at his church, and have started a Missional Community on their campus. This is practice for church planting.
If you’re a young man considering church leadership, becoming a pastor, and especially a church planter, consider how you might serve and lead now in your church. And start reading.