The Send Network has created an E-book to consider the attributes of a healthy church planter. The authors of this e-book, Rick Duncan, Jamie Limato, Peyton Jones, Charles Campbell, and Brad Brisco, focus on five marks of a healthy planter. A healthy planter is a disciple, shepherd, missionary, multiplier, and collaborator.
Matt Rogers gives us an overview in his introduction:
Anything that’s made to sound simple, probably isn’t. Most of us have tried to put together a piece of furniture by following a few “simple” instructions. After hours of toil, mixed with childlike tantrums, we throw up our hands in disgust, pledging we’ll just make the entire thing from scratch the next time.
Church leaders can be guilty of the opposite extreme. We can take something meant to be relatively simple and make it so complex that it confounds and frustrates even the most seasoned practitioner. Such is certainly the case with church planting.
That’s not to suggest that starting a new church is easy. It’s not. Missiological and ecclesiological challenges abound for one seeking to bring the gospel to bear in a new community. Yet the biblical roadmap is clear. God is not a God of confusion, nor has He asked us to unlock some mysterious puzzle in order to see a new church birthed. He’s given us a clear path to follow.
This e-book is designed to guide you along that path by pointing out the five marks of a successful church planter and pastor. The authors are not theoretical experts, but capable practitioners who have walked this path ahead of you. In the pages that follow, they’ve attempted to distill the key factors that make a planter effective. Their guidance isn’t derived from their individual insight, but from the authoritative wisdom of God found in the Scripture. Let’s journey together to discover and embody God’s five markers of a church planter.