Here is what I shared with our team this afternoon as we are gearing up to God’s move in our city. I do pray that as a pastor and church planter that I do not try to crank up the ministry work in the flesh so here are
1. Prayer. A lot of church planter never mentions this because they feel that it is a given but in my experience, the moment I take out prayer from the list – it never gets priority. Prayer is something a church team should practice if they want to see their church grow.
2. Spiritual Warfare.
Eph. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Unless we move in the supernatural – don’t expect the supernatural to happen. We are in a spiritual fight. We are talking about real demons and Satan and angels and the Holy Spirit. This is what I love about church. You can’t plant without putting up a fight. It’s like plants vs zombies but in real life.
3. Inspiration – every pastor and church leader must provide inspiration. This means he must be be dwelling in the Scripture.
1John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Bill Hybels calls it energizer. Leaders are energizers. We create an atmosphere of faith wherever we go. Our leaders and our congregation must be inspired to do something great for the kingdom of God.
4. Focus. Answer the question – what am I called to do and what am I paid to do (if you are a staff of the church) and do it. If it is not clear- ask your senior pastor about it. For our team it is simple.
Dennis Sy – Make disciples and preach the Word
Tito Almadin – Make disciples and pastoral care
Jayson Lo – Make Disciples and discipleship ministry
Ganns Deen – make disciples and run the worship services.
Lifebox staff – Make disciples and campus ministry.
5. Hard Work.
You can’t expect all of these happen without you working hard.
Prov. 10:4 Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Prov. 12:27 The lazy do not roastb any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
Work as for the Lord and not for men. Work hard so that you can go home and not think about work because during work hours, you work as hard as you can.