Am I a Church Planter? Some Essential Characteristics
When we think about the question “Am I a Church Planter?” One of the best list of criteria that has been developed is Charles Ridley’s 13 Essentials. These formed the basis of Church Planter Assessments for years & though more recent list may look a little different, Ridley’s work provides the foundation for much of everything done in assessment today. The axiom that Assessments are built upon is “Past behavior is the best predictor is of future practice.” So the way potential candidates & assessors should look at this list is, “Are these qualities present in my life / the life of the candidate?”
These are also good benchmarks for us who are actively seeking to multiply churches. This list has served challenges & tools for personal review for me along my church planting journey.
Here are Ridley’s 13:
- Has visionizing capacity: Generates visions, initiates plans, builds significant projects from the ground floor up.
- Intrinsic motivation: Demonstrates the ability to be a self‐starter who works with diligence and excellence.
- Empowers others to lead: Passes on the baton of ministry so that others can continue the race.
- Reaches the unchurched: Consistently reaches out and influences people toward a relationship with Christ and the church.
- Has spousal cooperation: If married, has a spouse that is committed to collaborating in marriage and in ministry.
- Effectively builds relationships: Evidences the ability to meet new people and engage them in relationships.
- Committed to church growth: Embraces growing the church, numerically and spiritually, and implements church growth principles effectively.
- Responsive to the community: Understands local communities and implements culturally responsive ministries.
- Utilizes the giftedness of others: Assesses, develops, and releases others to serve in their area of giftedness.
- Flexible and adaptable: Negotiates change successfully while staying centered on the overall vision.
- Builds cohesive groups: Orchestrates widely differing people to function as a unified body.
- Resilient: Stays the course in the face of major setbacks, disappointments, and opposition.
- Exercises faith: Evidences a strong, vital relationship with God and willingly takes significant faith risks.
Also see my post “You Might Be A Church Planter If…”
If you’re considering church planting in Louisiana, you can get started with an assessment by filling out our Initial Info Form. Or contact me & I’ll be glad to point you toward some next steps to start your church planting journey.
Also, consider attending our upcoming training called Greenhouse: Creating the Right Conditions for Church Multiplication in Walker on Feb 22-23.