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#9 Church Plant Tool

#9 Mix Up The Tool

For me it has been vital to have different tools in my church plant toolbelt.  What do I mean?  It is tempting for me to read, study, interact with only those who belong to my tribe.  I love the reformed groups like Desiring God and Acts 29 but from time to time I need to hear a word from someone who doesn’t theologically land exactly where I do.  Hear me, I am not saying go listen to people who are abandoning the faith.

It is good for me and the church that I am leading to get biblical understanding from several streams that love Jesus.  For example, I really wanted to go to The Gospel Coalition National Conference.  I love everyman who was on that stage and it would of been a great learning opportunity, but I didn’t get to go.  I started looking for something else to take our church plant team to and one of our guys, Chase Davis showed me The Word Conference. I have heard of most of the guys who will be teaching but you usually don’t see them at many of the conferences or events I normally go to.  What I do know is that these men love Jesus and his word.  Because of their love for Jesus and his word I will go and listen to them and hopefully by God’s grace become a better pastor.

In Acts 15:36-41 we have a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas over who to take with them on their missionary journey.  Ultimately they separate and go their own ways and the church spreads.  You see we do not have to agree on everything for the church to grow.  God can send us different ways and still use his church.  What we do need to hold fast to are things like the death, burial, resurrection of Jesus, the virgin birth, ascension of Jesus, the trinity, and salvation by grace through faith.

Don’t just have a tool belt full of the exact same tools.  Mix it up from time to time.  It is fine to have a tribe. All I am saying is listen to others who truly love our Lord.  It will make us all better pastors.

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Godly Leadership

For the past several months I have been involved in a process of getting our church approved to become a church planting church by the Acts 29 Network.  Last night I found out that we did not get approved.  Most of the time when you find out that you did not get approved for something that you applied for you get upset, but not this time.

This process has been one of the most edifying experiences our church has gone through.  It is no secret to those of you who attend Bethany that there have been tons of changes around here and for a good part of it we (Pastor & Elders) have been just trying to do what God has placed on our hearts.  The Acts 29 asessment process has been a catalyst to the leadership changes that are taking place at Bethany.  Mainly biblical eldership has moved to the forefront of how the church will be run in the future.  This has a been a great thing for this church.  Since Acts 29 has got us thinking this way we have become much more intentional in how one becomes a leader in the  church.  Primarlaly we are making sure that any elders/pastors meet the 1 Tim. 3:2-7 & Titus 1:6-9 qualifications.

This may seem silly to some, but as we have studied deeper the call to local church to have qualified men leading it is of utmost importance.

We did not get accepted by the Acts 29 network because or leadership is not where it needs to be and that is fine.  Thanks to the Acts 29 Network we are closer than we have ever been to having Godly Leadership guiding the church.  We plan on reapplying to the network in the future, but for now we are going to work on being the church that God has called us to be. I am excited to be part of a church that takes the Gospel, Jesus, the mission, and Godly leadership very seriously.