I will often get e-mails like the one I responded to today: "I have been following you on Twitter for a while as well as reading your blog. I have the desire to plant churches but am not sure if it is a call from God or just a personal desire. How do you know?" Here are a few thoughts on how to know if you should plant a church:
Passion: You really want to and it sounds like fun. Don't dismiss your desire to plant a church as something only you want. This passion may very well be there because God put it there within you. I know that for me that I get a little buzz just thinking about starting something new, particularly a church or a new site.
Giftedness: You have leadership gifts and a history of starting things from scratch that enroll other leaders and are successful. Before we started COMMUNITY I had started a couple different ventures that saw some success.
Confirmation: Other people whom you trust tell you, “you should definitely start a church and if you do, I would be a part of it”. One of the greatest indicators of your ability to start a new church is others willingness to join you on this mission. We have seen this over and over again in our NewThing churches.
Assessment: Lastly, I would suggest that you go to our NewThing website and take the ELI assessment. There is a small fee, but it is worth it and it will give you some good feedback regarding your potential as a church planter