God has best designed me to serve him in the capacity of teaching, leading, and discipleship. Although my online Discovery Tools assessment has rendered a score of seventeen out of twenty, I believe that my ability to teach, lead and disciple can still be very valuable for developing a church plant. Overall, being qualified for the call to be a church planter is not the same as God qualifying me for the call of church planting, but God has indeed qualified me.
An example of how my prayers have been answered in regard to a call to church planting is that although I never told my friend about my former experience in a religious vocation, after I fasted for a very long time in discerning God’s will for my life, my friend suddenly announced that he would help me start a church. I then explained my prior experience, and he was shocked and could not believe what I was telling him. He thought that he had originated the idea himself.
When I talked to the pastor at my church about professional ministry after my Master’s in Divinity, he simply began talking to me about me starting a church. The fact is that his vision of me starting a church was very clear, and despite the fact that I would like to avoid the hardship, I agree that his vision is correct. Overall, the following paper will thus demonstrate how all three of my naturally endowed abilities (teaching, discipleship, and leadership) can be useful and beneficial for church planting.
Although my Discovery Tools evaluation rated my teaching gift with a score of thirty-one out of thirty-five, whenever I am put into a group with other people I find that I will often find myself explaining things. The character trait originated as early as elementary school, but it has only developed more greatly throughout my twelve years of college education. Even more to the point is that people will often desire to understand things that my studies have given me the ability to explain, so my natural design to teach works well to serve others by using the intellectual resources that I have.
In the past I have used my ministry of teaching to serve Christ by explaining the scripture to others, and to this end my ministry flourished the most at college. My explanation of the scripture has taken many different expressions including web publications, videos, a theological new group, face to face group study, and individual discussion. My ministry of teaching has benefited many people by causing people to be comforted through edification.
I have found that the way that my teaching ministry benefits the body of Christ is by causing Christians to be stronger and more unified through shared understanding. Christ is thus served by my experience, understanding, and knowledge being implemented to bring believers together, take away believer disbelief, and reduce ignorance of the faithful. Overall, my teaching ability is great for planting churches, developing established church, or even for teaching in other settings, but I have found that my passion fits best for young adults and college students.
My leadership abilities come somewhat naturally, but I have learned that my leadership skills are also developed through practice. To such an end my Discovery Tools assessment has rated my leadership gift at a thirty-three out of thirty five possible points. Although my leadership abilities had been very poor when I first began using them more than ten years ago, I have developed and learned how many different people can work together for a common good. In more contemporary times thus I have endeavored to hold management and management related secular positions, and I have been somewhat successful in managing workers.
What I could thus offer for service to Christ is my ability to pool people’s talents and bring the strongest talents together to serve a common purpose of advancing the gospel. Such a service would serve others such that they could in turn serve yet others. Overall, in the end Christ is served by the body of Christ being built through my ability to work everyone’s talents into a process designed for pursuing a common purpose.
The way that a new church plant would benefit from my service is by me identifying the strongest talent in each individual and by encouraging, rewarding, and promoting the use of that one strongest talent in each individual. People would thus be united through the recognition of one another’s strongest points, and through the process people would develop a love and appreciation for one another in a way that honors God. Overall, my ability to lead could thus be used to develop strong relationships between people that are centered upon the mission of the church.
My ability to disciple people has been identified by others as being my strongest ability. In fact I have gained a thirty-four out of thirty-five for apostleship, a perfect thirty-five for administration, a thirty-four out of thirty-five for shepherding, and a perfect thirty-five for discernment on my Discovery Tools evaluation. I have personally mentored many people in the faith on one-on-one bases and sometimes in very small groups as well. The process has provided a much greater depth in faith to the people who I have mentored, and although the process takes a long period of time (such as years) the end result is that people who undergo the discipleship process can become future teachers or leaders in the faith. The discipleship process develops one or a very few people at a time to have a very strong relationship with Christ in the end of the time spent.
Although a new church plant does not always benefit by having an over abundance of future leaders developed through discipleship, those future leaders can have a way of branching out into other churches. Such an influence services Christ by protecting the unity of the church. People of various churches thus become united in a way that serves Christ by lay leaders having a common heritage that allows for the peace to be kept between churches.
The way that a new church plant benefits by having good discipleship is through having people that are strong enough in the faith to not be intimidated by worldly influences that would come from people that are new to the church. Also such strength gives people the ability to be at liberty with the discussion of scripture without the need to rely upon a church leader for interpretation. In the end my discipleship abilities can play a pivotal role in the development of a new church plant.
In conclusion, my ability to teach, lead, and disciple are all great for developing a church plant. Although such gifts may not specifically designate me as a church planter, they certainly do help me to serve Christ in such a way. In the past I have worked on two different church plants, and although neither one lasted for more than a few years the results had been good such that most people greatly benefited from the process. Overall, I do believe that God has wired me for serving him through developing new Christian communities.
Discovery Tools assessment, North American Mission Board http://assessment.placeministries.org/nambqqintro.asp
Discovery Tools, North American Mission Board, SBC Alpharetta, Georgia www.namb.net
 Discovery Tools assessment, North American Mission Board http://assessment.placeministries.org/nambqqintro.asp
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