One of the popular books on dating was a book called “True Love Waits”. It is about a change in the way people approach dating. This past week I read a great interview of Tadd Grandstaff who bought up some great points on church planters. One thing I see needs to happen with young church planters is that they need to wait before they go plant. I mean really, “Why Not Wait?” What’s the big rush?
What Waiting Does For You
1. Waiting Prepares You – To many young pastors are running straight into church planting without building the necessary leadership traits, skills and maturity that are necessary.
I know there are some quick learners but truth is I really don’t think you come into your own as a communicator until after for or six years of practice. There is also a false reality of thinking that just because you are the Lead Pastor you are able to lead men or women twice your age.
The size of the vision needs a leader who is large on the inside. Even though Jesus could go into the temple and amaze the religious leaders at 12 with His knowledge, it wasn’t until He was mature at 30 until He launched out into ministry.
Biblical knowledge does not equal life maturity and wisdom.
2. Waiting Prepares The Vision – I believe there is a specific vision that God has for your heart. We are seeing a tremendous rise in church planters who are seeing the glitz and glamor of church. I’m not doubting that there may be a call to do it. I just believe many are circumventing the time line of preparation of the vision.
As I have gotten older the vision God has placed in me over the years has crystallized into a clear picture that is burned inside. Paul with all of his training and teaching still spent many years in waiting for the vision to begin to become a reality.
3. Waiting Allows God To Prepare The Way – There are many areas that need to be in place as you are setting out to plant a church. Sometimes the waiting allows God to better prepare the way. John the Baptist spent many years laying a foundation for the message that Jesus was going to deliver.
Remember God is working in the background on the vision He has for your life.
Bottom Line: Waiting can help produce a stronger and more vibrant church as well as potentially create a more stable foundation for your church to stand on.