Planter Assessment

058 - Passion 4 Planting

Sean Cronin joins me for episode 058 of the show. He works for our church planting organization called "Passion 4 Planting." The heart of P4P is to see churches multiply with the purpose of making disciples who make disciples. They come alongside churches with project management, free resources, templates, planter residencies, assessments and more. If you have ever felt the tug toward church planting, I can't recommend touching base with P4P enough.

Even if you aren't a church planter in waiting, your church can still connect with P4P. Maybe you have a dream for going multi-site or launching churches. P4P comes alongside those churches and leaders to help with training, preparation and strategies to get there. So P4P isn't just for brand new startups. Their mindset is a Kingdom mindset to help churches multiply and make disciples.

Highlights | 

  • We developed our system partly to come alongside churches to help them multiply and make disciples.
  • We have a vision to multiply, but how do we do it?
  • We are helping church planter residents ask the right questions about how to plant a church.
  • Let's be intentional and strategic about leadership development with our church plants.
  • The smartest thing Dave Ferguson has ever done was connecting NewThing to Passion 4 Planting.
  • Bootcamp breaks down strategies and plans for your church plant into a week long intensive training.
  • We partner with local churches to help them with strategies by giving away free tools and templates.
  • If you have questioned if God is calling you to plant a church, take part of Passion 4 Planting's assessment to find discernment.
  • Many planters are vision drunk on their own vision.
  • The wells of resources for church planting are drying up and church planters are going to have to be more creative when it comes to funding their plants.

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035 - This Question Wrecked Me!

Passion 4 Planting hosted a church planter assessment a couple weeks ago. This was one of the most intense things I have done in a while. Working with four couples to help discern God's call on their next step in life was not a small task. It was a huge task. The couples were fantastic and I know God will do great things through them. But before they will do those great things, God wrecked me with one of the questions we asked them.

Name 5 spaces where someone who doesn't know Jesus knows your name.

This question wrecked me. I immediately began to think for myself what the answer to that question would be. I started writing down those spaces in life for myself to see where I land. I ended up with 4 of 5, but only 2 of them being intentional about actually getting to know people who don't know Jesus. How messed up are my priorities in ministry when that isn't the first thing on my list.

So I have gotten intentional. I am looking for my 5th space. I am getting intentional with my current 4 spaces. And I am challenging you in this question also. Maybe you are way ahead of me and have this one all figured out. I'm sure most of you do, but I was off for sure. Where are 5 spaces in your life where someone who doesn't know Jesus knows who you are and you are there intentionally to get to know them with the purpose and intent of introducing them to Jesus? 

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