Who Should Plant a Calvary Chapel?
I Peter 2.9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When speaking of any kind of leadership, you don’t have to dig very deep into secular reading to find that CONFIDENCE in oneself is viewed as a MUST. Take a look at what a few authors have said on the subject matter:
“There is one particular component of leadership that is so important, so necessary, that without it, leadership cannot exist. That component is confidence. Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows.”
“Trying to teach leadership without first building confidence is like building a house on a foundation of sand. It may have a nice coat of paint, but it is ultimately shaky at best.”
“While the leadership community has focused on passion, communication, and empowerment, they’ve ignored this most basic element and in the process they have planted these other components of leadership in a bed of quicksand.”
Yet, we know through our own EXPERIENCE and the WORD of God that confidence in oneself is nothing but a foundation of quicksand.
Jeremiah 17.5-6: Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
Phil 3.3 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—
Confidence is truly a MUST in church planting, but not a confidence in you, your system, or your training; but a confidence in the PERSON and MISSION of Jesus Christ. We must be Christ-Confident. That’s why I love this passage in 1 Pet 2, take this passage in again, and see the truth of who we are in Christ: a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When you know who you are it changes everything. We are confident because we are confident in WHO we are IN Christ.
Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This passage is over-familiar to us all as those interested in planting and pastoring a church, but, what I don’t want you to miss is what Jesus says in verse eighteen. Jesus says, ALL authority in heaven & earth is MINE. Jesus, the one who has called us, this is HIS mission and He’s our backer. We can be confident not because we have it ALL together, but because HE does, and He’s called us to care for and lead His people.
If that doesn’t give you confidence, I don’t know what will. I see a picture of this confidence best displayed in my daughters. I can remember when my oldest was learning to swim, and she would jump into the pool from diving board… she would ask the question, “Are you gonna catch me?” When she jumped and I caught her… we were jumping and catching ALL day. When my youngest daughter was just an infant and would cry, I would cradle her in my arms and she would fit nestled between my hand and my elbow, as I would speak to hear and sway her in my arms, she calmed down.
As planters, we have been given a heavenly calling & mission from Jesus, the one whose calmed storms and conquered death. He’s gonna catch us, He’s gonna calm us; let’s be confident in who Christ is and who He has made us to be… may we be confident in Him!
This article is adapted from some of the content from our Planter’s Manual. Download the full manual from our site to find out more about planting a Calvary Chapel church.