The first step to finding planting leaders is to cultivate an organizational culture of taking risks with new ideas and innovations in ministry. For potential planters who are already involved in the established church or organization, a culture of risk-taking gives them the opportunity to grow from taking smaller risky steps of faithfulness to taking larger and riskier leaps. A culture of risk-taking will also tend to attract and retain people who have a higher risk tolerance and who might be more inclined to begin innovative or entrepreneurial ministries. Cultivating a risk-taking culture begins with leaders modeling and promoting appropriate risk-taking for the sake of the mission. When leaders risk their power, reputation, and person in following Christ, then others will join them.
—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?
—Mark 8:36 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:
Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
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