• Gary Comer

    If a Christian with no experience is called by the Holy Spirit to start a church then he should do so.
    If a person “feels” called to start a church, he ought to assess his ‘feelings’ in relation to an actual calling by the Holy Spirit. Enthusiasm/passion is often mistake for a calling.
    I know an untrained pastor who was called by the Holy Spirit to start a church in Alaska. He followed the calling and the church was established and flourished. Other churches he pastored in the SBC also flourished.
    But I have known a lot more who ‘felt’ they were called to the ministry and fell flat on their face. Further, a doctorate from a seminary does not make a pastor or church starter, God does by calling and provision of gifts.

  • Scott

    I liked your article. And I agree that our focus needs to be on making disciples. I am confused with one comment you made. You say “Most importantly – if someone who wants to start a church hasn’t been making disciples who make disciples who make disciples (to the 4th Generation), then don’t send them out to plant a church until they have done this.”
    Surely, you do not mean the 4th generation of Great grandparents to grandparents to parents to children, do you? It seems to me that would make all church planters to be senior citizens before they ever planted their first church.
    (sorry, if this is a stupid question, but I am unfamiliar with that illustration being used in any different context)


    • Scott, I think he just means four deep, or at least that you make disciples that make disciples – creating a culture of multiplication.

    • Scott,
      Thanks for the question. I’m definitely not writing about generations in terms of physical relationships. I’m focusing on spiritual relationships and generations. Paul writes to Timothy in 2 Tim 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
      Here we see four generations: Paul > Timothy > Reliable People > Others
      This is the type of proven multiplier that I believe is best qualified to plant churches – someone who is making disciples who make disciples who make disciples.
      I hope that gives greater clarity.