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Father/Son Transition

Father/Son Transition

In my teens, I experienced a year of depression. God used that to shape me for the ministry. I experienced God in a deep way as I dove into His word and met with my father, a Baptist Pastor, for prayer and support.

It was during this time that our hearts were being joined together. My father was kicked out of the Baptist Church because of his new beliefs about the Holy Spirit and his charismatic expressions. I was impressed by his grace and courage as he pioneered a new church. (Which is now Riverside Church) He often included me in ministry opportunities that helped pull me out of my depression.

After graduating from college and being newly married to my wife Bonnie, I felt a calling on my life for the ministry. After asking my dad for advice, he said….

  1. I could go to seminary or…
  2. Follow the New Testament model of discipleship where he would mentor me in the ministry.

We chose the later and I began meeting with my dad regularly.

  • He taught me the “how to’s” of ministry
  • He gave me different responsibilities in the church
  • Most importantly, we would pray together…for hours!

(Our hearts were bonded during that time)

  • He never promised me a position
  • He would always quote Proverbs 18:16 “A gift makes way for a man”.

He taught me the leadership principles of Jesus that says, Luke 16:10 “Faithful with little, faithful with much”….Luke 16:12 ”Faithful with another man’s things, faithful with your own”.

I decided to faithfully serve and honor my father’s vision for the church.

Over time, he handed the church over to me as he was launched into trans-local ministry.

The key to this working well was…

  1. Our mutual honor and respect for each other
  2. Clear communication with key groups of people in our church.

When he stepped aside, he allowed my wife and I to build the church with our own vision and unique gifts.

  • We didn’t always agree, but he supported us one hundred percent.
  • He is now 95 years old and sits in the front row on Sundays, as my biggest fan.
  • I still consult with him on a regular basis and always let him know that I am standing on his shoulders.

 

Paul Booko, Lead Pastor, Riverside Church, Three Rivers, MI

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Church Planting begins by leaving. The natural tendency people have is not to finish what they started. Imagine if you could see all the projects, dreams, and goals you started but never completed.

  • You started with sincere intentions and full expectations to accomplish each one.
  • Yes this is a tendency, but it does not have to be the standard.
  • We can learn to finish well.

Don’t let your good intentions go unfinished just because you’re ready to start a new venture called planting a church.

Church planting is probably one of the most exciting endeavors that I have ever taken on personally.

  • The idea of being a “new start-up” kindles the entrepreneur spirit that is in all of us.
  • Casting vision, branding, recruiting, marketing, and launching all have aspects of pioneering a new business.
  • The difference is this. We’re not here to build our brand. We’re here to build the kingdom.
  • So before getting swept up in the hysteria of going somewhere and starting something new, we need to take time finish well where we started.

The real work of church planting begins the day we approached the leadership of our sending church.

  • I made a decision in my heart that day.

If I was going to ask for the blessing of our leadership to go, I was going to honor their leadership as if I were going to stay.

  • I didn’t “check out” and focus only on the new.

It was difficult at times, but I was convinced that the more energy I invested in finishing well, the more momentum I would have when it was time to set out.

  • Transparency was key.

Keeping open channels with your leadership about where your heart is and where your focus is will keep you humble and engaged.

  • Where you are today is where you are building the kingdom. It doesn’t start on the day you launch your church.

There was also a phrase I truly believe came from the LORD during that season of leaving. The phrase was simple, “it’s all kingdom”. I don’t know how many times I repeated that phrase in my head. In fact, I live by it still today! Remember that, “it’s all kingdom”.

  • If you are building poorly where you are today, that is not going to change when you move somewhere new.

It will all end up in a pile with the rest of your good intentions.

  • Convince yourself to finish and leave well.
  • Keep working on building the kingdom where God has you.

When you leave, that work ethic will follow you. And, so will the blessing of your leadership.

 

Jarod Smith, Lead Pastor, New Tribe Church
Church Planter with Life Mission Church, Olathe, KS

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