Speak into My Life if You Know Me

Here you can find 20 questions that the Acts 29 Network recommend that each potential church planter ask themselves before pursuing the call to the plant a new church.  Detailed explanations can be found on the original post, but the 20 characteristics abbreviated are:

  1. Am I a Christian? (John 3:16)
  2. Am I passionately in love with Jesus and is He the Lord of every area of my life?
  3. Do I believe His word and does it affect my life deeply?
  4. Am I Spirit-filled, Spirit-directed, Spirit-led and Spirit-controlled? (Acts 1:8)
  5. Am I qualified as an Elder? (1 Timothy, Titus)
  6. Do I love the local church as the expression of a gospel community on mission? (Matthew 28:18-20)
  7. Am I a missionary to the city? Am I sent for the advancement of the gospel in the city (John 20:21)?
  8. Do I have a clear vision for this new work? (Nehemiah 1:3, 4; 2:11-18)
  9. Am I willing to pour myself out in obedience to the vision? (Phil. 2; Romans 6)
  10. Am I healthy? Physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, relationally, maritally
  11. Am I the kind of leader many people will follow? Have I served as a church leader successfully? (1 Tim. 5:22; 3:6)
  12. Can I preach effectively?
  13. Can I guard the doctrinal door with Biblical clarity and tenacious confidence?
  14. Can I architect a new work with entrepreneurial skill?
  15. Am I called to plant a church at this time and in this place? (Acts 17:26; 1 Peter 5:2)
  16. Have my church leaders commended me for this calling? (Acts 11:22-26; 13:1-4; 16:1-2)
  17. Am I a hard worker? Am I persevering? (2 Thes. 3:10; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 2 Tim. 2:3-4; 2:5; 2:6)
  18. Am I adaptable to new people, places and concepts?
  19. Can I raise the funds needed for my family’s needs? (1 Tim. 5:8)
  20. Am I humble enough to learn from others—particularly from those who have gone ahead of me in different areas?
Does anything on this list stand out to you?  #19 is a major concern of mine, but something I am pursuing more training and knowledge about.
If you know me, speak into my life.

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