Eric at “A Pilgrim’s Progress” continues discussing his transition from a more institutional, organizational church toward a more organic church. In his most recent post, “Experience and an M.Div. Do Not Mean I’m Qualified to Plant a Church,” he talks about the reaction that he’s received from several institutional type pastors.
There is one response I was not prepared for. When I’ve talked with some folks, usually pastors, they have given approval (not that I asked for it) to the idea of me planting and leading a church in my home. Please let me be clear: if a church starts, it will be God who plants it. I’m happy to be a part of it. Also, it is God who will lead it. Again, I’m just happy to be part of it.
It is the pastors I have talked with who assume that I will be both planting and leading it (several posts ago I spoke of me planting a church in my home; I regret the use of that language. The Holy Spirit is the real planter). They have approved for basically two reasons: A) I have experience as an institutional pastor, and B) I have an M.Div.
Eric concludes with this:
Experience and an M.Div. mean little as far as qualifications go. Planting a church needs one primary thing: complete joyful submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It also needs a secondary thing: commitment to love others before self.
Eric’s post is very good. You should read all of it.
But, he brings up a very going point. Neither experience in a church nor an education make someone qualified to plant a church, to be an apostle, to be an elder, etc.
So, what does?