I love Making Disciples. I love being used by the Lord as a maker of disciple makers. I love analyzing the gospel needs of communities and those individuals which make them up. I love establishing small groups of people who have a desire to gather together in fellowship, worship, encouragement, and the equipping one another in the faith. I love fostering the duplication of those groups. I love the multi-generational natural outgrowth of placing myself amongst people with the good news of my Lord. I love to promote the gathering of believers from different perspectives and unifying the brethren. I love passing on what the Lord and others have taught me. I truly do love all those things.
Here’s the thing though…
I have very little love for being involved in setting up leadership structures within larger groups or “making leaders.” I have very little love for organizing, planning, or delegating the liturgy or order of church services. I have very little love for committees. I have little love for boards of directors within the church. I have very little love for non-particapatory pew sitting. I have little love for being “pastoral.” I have little love for branding, advertising, or promoting a single church. I have very little love for getting people to “go” to church so that they can get what they’re not getting “from” the church every day.
I love all those who can do and love those things. It’s just not me. So, does that mean I’m NOT a church planter? Go ahead, let me have it. I can take it.