Episode #44 - The HANDS of a Replanter: Pastoral Grit, Resourceful Generalist, and Initiative
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.
Episode #27 - ?Mike Rubino?Boots on the Ground Highlight ?
Joining the guys on the bootcamp today is Mike Rubino, Pastor at Cornerstone in Port Jefferson, New York. (On Long Island)
Mike is an accidental Replanter-he was serving at a declining church as an Associate Pastor when God called him to become a Replanter at that same church. This episode contains some pithy, tweet-able gold as Mike dropped his knowledge. Check it out!
The first thing I want to say about replanting is this-if you’re not called don’t do it.
It’s important to be spirit dependent not self dependent as a Replanter.
Don’t forget the Lord of the work as you are doing the work of the Lord.
If things go well you believe your own “press”, when things go wrong you take it hard.
As a Replanter you have to talk less and listen more – don’t talk so much.
I had to learn to enter a room without bias. When you are in a leadership gathering ask a lot of questions from the people who are in the room. Every decision we made as a team was better than any decisions I could come up with by myself.
Be careful-don’t run over people to reach people.
Pastor-”do no harm” don’t run over people in an effort to lead change.
Replanter-it’s a marathon. You won’t have it figured out in a day.
It’s not until year three that you really understand the problems and it’s not until year five that you have the credibility and trust of the people to lead them forward.
You can teach what you know, but you can only lead where you are willing to go.
Replanter-you gotta get up and go!
Q: What’s the one thing you would like to say to a Replanter who is just beginning his ministry:
A: That their identity is in Christ and not their ministry.
Replanter-stop comparing yourself to other Pastors, be who you God has made you to be.
Our ministries are valuable and there is no loss if we are being faithful to him.
Q: How are you adjusting to the Covid19 reality?
A: It feels like ministry got faster, someone pressed fast forward x 4. This is what we’ve been preparing for-we’ve worked hard on digital online tools to bring the gospel into homes in our area. Our next hire is going to be someone who “speaks” all things digital. Keep it simple!
We have been given a great opportunity to be creative and reach people who are looking for hope.
Florida Man steals hand-sanitizer from Jacksonville FL (check out the video on the Replant Bootcamp Facebook Page)
Min is a Korean-American Pastor, replanting a predominately Hispanic Church in Boyle Heights. He learned about the church from his Director of Missions // Associational Missional Strategist who asked him to join him in visiting the church.
On his very first visit to the church he was asked to lead a song in Spanish, he also prayed in Spanish and taught them a Bible study in English. They kept inviting him back and eventually called Min to be their Pastor.
What did you do first?
I asked for help from other churches and pastors in the area.
I prayed, we prayed for God to work.
I got out and began to meet people in the neighborhood, introducing myself and the church.
What are some of the challenges you faced?
Everything is so new! There is a big learning curve.
There is a cross cultural challenge-there are not many instances of a Korean Pastor leading a Hispanic church.
What have been some of the most helpful things for you?
I’ve learned to ask for help-and God has provided!
Churches have partnered with us to do events like VBS.
We’ve had help remodeling our facilities.
What resources have been helpful to you?
The Replanter Assessment provided by NAMB and the Replant Team.
The training materials and coaching that are available for me as a Replanter.
What advice would you offer Replanters?
Go slower and go with God-bring the congregation along with you. Get counsel as you lead the body toward the vision of a renewed and Replanted Church.
We can look back into Christian history and see God using people cross culturally to present the Gospel-so be bold and be courageous, see each person and people group through the eyes of Christ.
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