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)