But in my own journey down that road, I began to find it limiting in a number of ways. I'd love your thoughts on these points . . .
- "Church-planter" draws entrepreneurial spirits, which we need to get new ventures off the ground. But we need pastors to lead churches - even brand new ones. Is it possible that this attracts some of the wrong people to take the lead in starting a new church and subtly excludes some people who could lead churches very strongly?
- We have created large organizations to partner with church planters. Is it possible that we're creating a "welfare mentality" for these pastors of new churches? Would it not be healthier for their support (relationally, coaching and mentoring, financial) to come from a tribe of local pastors who believe in them?
Ok, that's enough for now. What do you think? I'd love to have your help honing some of this new vision God is birthing in my spirit for the next season of my life.