Author: RICK RUST
Praise the Lord that many pastors have a burden and a heart’s desire to reproduce their church by planting new churches. So, you have money, the will, resources, all you need now is a man to plant the church. However, as the question is so often asked, where do we get the man to pastor the new work?
I Pray to the Lord of the harvest
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
A pastor was praying for God to provide a church planter for a new work, and one day, a friend came and told him that God had moved him on from his ministry. The friend asked the pastor to pray for him. The pastor then asked him to pray about being the church planter for a church he was burdened to start. Today that friend is now pastoring this new work. God answered prayer!
II Use your connections
Let it be known that your church is burdened to plant a church in your area and that you are actively seeking a man to pastor this work. Call your pastor friends, colleges, or other connections. If possible, go to a college and share your burden. Many times, there is a young man out there that has a burden for an area but feels it is impossible for him to accomplish what God has for him. By you coming, he could see that there is someone who cares and is willing to come alongside of him.
III Intern staff
Bring on a staff member with the goal of him starting a church in the future. When you do this, your people will get to know him and his family and will be excited about helping with the new church plant.
Summer internships are also great ways to find a church planter and to create a bond between him and you. Again, the young man will connect with your church.
IV Train them up
What do we expect missionaries to do on the foreign field? Do we ask them to plant a church, then hope that someone will come along to plant the next one? We need pastors with a burden to train up some young men through their churches with a heart for church planting. Training could be done through a bible college, Bible institute in your church, or even a mentorship between him and the pastor. This used to be very common in our circles, but we have gotten away from it. I know this takes time, but if churches across the country would start doing this, we could see God produce a great harvest down the road.
We must remember that at the end of the day, it is all in God’s hand and in His timing when a church reproduces itself. Some couples, after they get married, have a hard time having a child. Again, it is in God’s hand whether they have a baby or when. However, the couple will do whatever it takes to have a baby the entire time they are praying for a child. We need churches who will pray and do whatever it takes to reproduce their church while they wait upon the Lord.