Church Planting with Authenticity

by | May 6, 2024 | Church Leadership, Church Planting | 2 comments

As church planters, our primary call is to shepherd the community, share the life-changing message of the gospel, and help build deep, genuine connections between people and God. Yet, with the weight of so many tasks and challenges, it’s all too easy to lose sight of our own identity and the core of our mission.

The secret? Authenticity. There’s tremendous power in simply being who you are.


Prioritize Your Personal Walk with God


Let’s get real: your relationship with God is your ultimate anchor. In the whirlwind of scheduling events, overseeing tasks, and chairing meetings, it’s crucial not to let your spiritual life take a backseat. Your time with God—whether it’s through prayer, worship, diving into Scripture, or stepping back for a quiet retreat—must be an absolute, non-negotiable fixture in your day.

This isn’t just about checking a box; it’s about fueling your soul. When you’re consistently connected with God, you’re equipped to lead not just with strategy but with spiritual vision and genuine authenticity. Make that daily appointment with God. Stick to it. Because when you’re grounded in God’s presence, you lead with a power that transcends your own capabilities.


Embrace Your True Identity


And don’t fall into the trap of playing a role. The pressure to conform to a specific image can be intense, especially when you’re striving to reach certain groups or achieve goals. But remember, pretending to be something you’re not only muddles your message and compromises your integrity. Be true to yourself—your unique personality, gifts, and style. It’s your authenticity that will resonate with people, often in ways you might not expect.


Stand Firm in Your Values and Vision


Stand firm in your values and vision. You’ll face many crossroads and challenges that will test your commitment. Whether it’s a decision about funding, partnerships, or how to reach out effectively, always align your choices with your core values and mission. Compromise can be tempting, especially when practicality and popularity are on the line, but your integrity is priceless.


Build a Support Network


Don’t go it alone. Church planting can feel isolating, but you don’t have to figure everything out by yourself. Build a network of support—mentors, coaches, fellow church planters—who can offer you guidance, encouragement, and accountability. These relationships are vital for staying grounded and focused.


Continuously Grow and Reflect


Keep growing and reflecting. Staying true to yourself isn’t a one-time deal; it’s an ongoing journey of self-awareness. Take time to reflect on your motivations and fears, identify your strengths and blind spots, and seek honest feedback from those around you. Tools like personality assessments and emotional intelligence tests can be incredibly helpful as you strive to understand more about yourself and your calling.

Your role as a church planter is essential, not accidental. Embrace the unique way God has equipped you to impact your community. Stay rooted in your relationship with God, embrace your true self, seek wise counsel, and watch how your authenticity transforms your ministry and your community.”


Read more blog posts by Jeff Hoglen,D.Min.

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