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Replant Bootcamp

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The guys fielded a question from Johnny Upchurch on Partnership-Thanks Johnny for being a bootcamp listener and for giving us a great question for the podcast.

Q: How do I go about cultivating and growing partnerships with other Replanters and other churches?

Here are some of the quick bullet points from the guys as they answered Johnny’s question.

  • Take the initiative to reach out a fellow Replanter in your area, talk about your questions, joys and frustrations.
  • Have a clear vision and a prospectus-get help and coaching from a church planter in your area-they are usually skilled and experienced in this area.
  • Determine your needs: how can partners and people help you most? Avoid the trap of only considering the building and finances as ways people can partner.
  • Define the Relationship: make sure you both understand the terms of the relationship-partnership is a 2way street, both have something to give and receive.
  • Money often flows toward activity and vision.
  • One of the partnerships you might consider is allowing a church plant, who may not be able to meet in the school they were renting, to join you for worship. Either as an adoption or marriage or sharing space.
  • When considering partnerships make sure you two churches are aligned doctrinally, and missionally. This takes time!
  • Avoid combining two struggling churches-it multiplies the struggle.
  • Churches are built for partnership-it makes sense! It’s important to find ways to partner with other churches in your city.
  • Build a relationship with your Associational Missionary Strategist or Director of Missions-they often receive calls from churches who are looking for partnerships with other churches.

Pathways to Partnership by Bob Bickford and Mark Hallock

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Better Together by Warren Bird and Jim Tomberlin


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Replant Bootcamp

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Take the survey here – https://s.surveyanyplace.com/replanter

What to do once you have taken the survey

Look at your scores. Do you think they are accurate? Did anything surprise you?

Work through the reflection questions

Find a good ministry mentor or coach and work through the reflection questions

Explore the study helps linked in the further exploration section.





Episode # 45 – The HABITS of a Replanter – Affinity for Multi-Generational Ministry, Respect for a Church’s Legacy, and Willingness to Confront

Episode # 45 – The HABITS of a Replanter – Affinity for Multi-Generational Ministry, Respect for a Church’s Legacy, and Willingness to Confront
Replant Bootcamp

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Today Jimbo and Bob talk about the habits of effective Replanters-these are essential characteristics that are critical to effectively replanting a local church.


Affinity for Multi-Generational Ministry: A Replant pastor with an Affinity for Multi-Generational Ministry is able to connect easily with both the young and old in his congregation so each group knows they are loved, valued, and heard, and so all ages are pastored well.

Respect for a Church’s Legacy: A pastor with Respect for a Church’s Legacy knows how to love and build off of a church’s past without allowing people in the congregation to idolize it in an unhealthy way.

Willingness to Confront: The Replant Pastor with a Willingness to Confront is able to willingly (not eagerly) navigate conflict with directness, love, humility, patience, and wisdom – driven by a love for the church and her members.

Are you a Replanter? Want to know more about your strengths and areas for your personal growth?  Take the 13 Characteristics Survey and receive your customized report.


Fun Links

The New Ford Bronco

The Groves Church-Legacy Page

RC Sproul-What’s Wrong with You People?


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Episode #44 – The HANDS of a Replanter: Pastoral Grit, Resourceful Generalist, and Initiative

Episode #44 – The HANDS of a Replanter: Pastoral Grit, Resourceful Generalist, and Initiative
Replant Bootcamp

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It’s hot in Florida and Missouri, Jimbo is another year older and we’re continuing the discussion related to the 13 Characteristics of a Replanter.  Grab a glass of sweet tea or lemonade and join us as we look at the “Hands” Quadrant and discuss: Pastoral Grit, Resourceful Generalist and Initiative.


Pastoral Grit: Pastoral Grit is the ability to persevere through the inevitable difficulties of replanting and remain steadfast to shepherd the church forward as God uses the Replanter to turn a dying church around.

Resourceful Generalist: the ability to speak into and lead in a variety of areas in order to lead the church well. There is no task beneath him.

Initiative: The replant pastor with Initiative leads the church with a passion rooted in biblical convictions and demonstrated in a bias for action. He proactively works to avoid problems, as well as finding or creating new opportunities.


Check out the Am I a Replanter? Online Preview event Monday, July 27th at 7-9pm CST over at the ChurchReplanters Facebook page.

Are you interested discerning your call to Replanting and wondering if you possess the characteristics required?Check out the 13 Replanter Characteristics Survey at Churchreplanters.com


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Episode #43 – The Heart of a Replanter: Gospel Orientation, Missional Focus, Emotional Intelligence, and Spousal Perseverance

Episode #43 – The Heart of a Replanter: Gospel Orientation, Missional Focus, Emotional Intelligence, and Spousal Perseverance
Replant Bootcamp

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Jimbo is back from vacay and the guys break down the characteristics of a Replanter under the category of heart of a Replanter. Stay tuned all the way through from some helpful nuggets and book recommendations by the guys at the end of the podcast.

  • Gospel Orientation refers to aligning the culture and practice of the church in such a way that the core doctrine of the gospel drives its mission and practice in preaching, managing conflict, and leading organizational change.
  • Replanters with a Missional Focus make it a priority to equip and mobilize the congregation to live their life on mission in their community and beyond for the sake of Christ and his gospel.
  • Emotional Intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s own emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.”
  • Spousal Perseverance: The replanter’s wife possesses a love for Jesus and the Church. She is emotionally and spiritually prepared for the challenges that come with replanting a dying church.

Replanter are you married?  Encourage your spouse to join the private Facebook group by emailing replantwives@gmail.com

The guys recommend you and your wife consider Christian counseling, if you need help feel free to email us and request some recommendations.

Here are some helpful book recommendations to study more on these topics.

Center Church by Tim Keller

Missional Renaissance by Reggie McNeal

The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

No Silver Bullets by Daniel IM

The Gospel Driven Church by Jared C. Wilson

Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by Kent Hughes

Future Church by Will Mancini  (coming December 1, 2020)

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Replant Bootcamp

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The guys are back talking about the characteristics present in Replanters.  Listen as they break down stories of the bacon-y greatness of Shoney’s Breakfast Buffet, and the important characteristics of Replanters.


Visionary Shepherd: “A Visionary Shepherd has the ability to sense and see God’s next steps for a congregation and the capacity to lead the church forward as a loving shepherd. He is patient, wise, strategic, and relational.”


Organizational Awareness: A replanter with Organizational Awareness is adept at understanding how power dynamics work within the church, anticipating how changes would be received, recognizing where change may produce friction, and showing an awareness of how current practice and changes affected their position within the community in which they served.


Tactical Patience:Tactical patience is the ability to skillfully implement change at a pace that is appropriate to a specific congregation’s health and needs. It is about having the discernment of knowing when something must be changed and how it should be changed.


For an example of a lapse of organizational awareness listen to EP #20 “How not to change the name of a Replant.”


Book Recommendations for these Characteristics


Embers to a Flame by Harry Reeder III

Leading Major Change In Your Ministry by Jeff Iorg


Fun Links


Shoney’s Restaurant

Send Jimbo some Wright Brand Bacon


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Replant Bootcamp

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This episode has the guys answering a question from Pastor Gary: Our church (7 to 11 members) has decided to stop meeting publicly and wants to regroup in my home-they are also considering a name change and a move closer to town-what advice or wisdom can you offer?

Listen in as the guys have an awkward start, talk Covid19, break it down, and consider some of the options in stopping, restarting and moving a church to another location for greater missional effectiveness.


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Episode #40 – Head, Heart, Hands, and Habits of Effective Replanters and Revitalizers

Episode #40 – Head, Heart, Hands, and Habits of Effective Replanters and Revitalizers
Replant Bootcamp

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The guys continue their discussion on the 13 characteristics found in Replanters and offer a grid for better understanding each of them in categories we can wrap our minds around.


First, we must understand that we begin with the biblical qualifications for Pastors/Elder, these are the foundation and cannot be overlooked. 


Jimbo mentioned the three levels of leadership taught in the Airforce: personal, interpersonal, team, organizational. It’s important to think about growing in each of these levels as you develop as a leader.


Leaders-please understand that you will not be “aces” in all the areas of leadership-this is by God’s design-to make you depend on him and work with others.


For those who are married-it is imperative for your spouse to sense a strong call to Replanting. We’ve found that many Replanters experience the greatest challenges in years 3-5, a spouse must be prepared for and anticipate the struggle as well as being convinced of the call to stick it out.


Stay tuned as the guys talk more in future episodes about these characteristics in depth.

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Episode #39 – The Importance of Self-Awareness

Episode #39 – The Importance of Self-Awareness
Replant Bootcamp

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The guys began the conversation on the 13 Characteristics of a Replanter/Revitalizer by unpacking Self-Awareness. In future episodes they will walk through the rest of the characteristics.


Of all the characteristics, Self-Awareness is foundational to pastoring whether you are a Replanter or Revitalizer.


Crisis provides a great opportunity to develop self-awareness.


He shepherded them with a pure heart
and guided them with his skillful hands.  Psalm 78:72


Ministry is a work of the Holy Spirit-your skill is important but you must be aware of your ultimate dependence on the Holy Spirit.


The greater your skills and gifting the greater the challenge for you personally to rely on your abilities and not the Holy Spirit.


One of the important aspects of self-awareness is understanding that God designed you uniquely. God also places people with other gifting and strengths who will compliment your ministry.  Embrace them as part of God’s design for your ministry.


Your strengths will help you be successful in an aspect of your ministry, not the entirety of your ministry.


Your home of origin impacts your life and ministry. Becoming self-aware of how that creates challenges and conflict is vitally important. Do the hard work of exploring your hope of origin dynamics.  We recommend, How We Love by Milan and Kay Yurkovich.


Ministry is painful because it creates


Jimbo share this quote from Tennessee Williams: There comes a time when you look into the mirror and you realize that what you see is all that you will ever be.  When that happens, you either kill yourself or stop looking in mirrors.


Accepting how God designed you is key to embracing your role in ministry. Find a good personality test like the DISC, get the results and understand your strengths and weaknesses.


One caution-some personality tests suggest that if you are not a certain type of personality. We do not believe that to be the case. Our observational experience has revealed that any personality type can successfully replant a church-with the understanding how their strengths and weaknesses impact their leadership.




Episode #38 – Leading Well in Racial/Ethnic Tension with Dr. James Hawkins

Episode #38 – Leading Well in Racial/Ethnic Tension with Dr. James Hawkins
Replant Bootcamp

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Last week the guys talked with Dr. James Hawkins about how to lead during times of racial tension. As Replanters/Pastors understanding the perspective of our African American congregants, community members and friends is imperative.

Q: As a white pastor with a predominately white congregation how do we lead well in this time of racial tension?

Dr. Hawkins: Some of the reason why we are where we are is because of past sin-we have to understand that. Today, the lines of segregation are still evident in many of our communities even after civil rights victories. In the church, we (Black and White Christians) have not done theology together and not dealt with our shared past trauma together. We’ve also not been equipped to handle this, in many ways we were set up for this moment-the question is now, what will we do with this moment? We have to equip and disciple each other to see these ethnic moments thru the lens of scripture. Here are some helpful questions:

How has my particular ethnic group read and understand scripture related to the kingdom of heaven?

Do I know what I don’t know? (where are my blindspots)

Q: How does a pastor lead a congregation that is reluctant to explore their own biases?

Dr. Hawkins: First, we have to acknowledge that exploring the unknown is scary-we have a natural reaction to avoid what we don’t know. We have to grow to understand the importance of seeking and seeing the kingdom of God over and above ourselves. As Pastors we need to validate our congregations reluctance and defensiveness-but we also have continue to lead toward the kingdom of God.  Be patient with yourself and your congregation. Honor their fear but also ask them communicate their hopes.

Q: What is healing conversations?

Dr. Hawkins: It is a gathering of churches/people to intentionally jump into the deep end in dealing with the pain and problem of racial tension in the church. We facilitate conversations so people can find healing, help and hope and move forward.


Check out these helpful resources:

Watch the Healing Conversations video mentioned in the Podcast.

Listen to more from Dr. Hawkins on his podcast, A More Excellent Way.

Dr. Hawkins’ Book Recommendation: The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby

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