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Initiative

  • Jim Townsley
  • Dec 29, 2017
When it comes to church planting there is an intangible quality that is called initiative. Some people have it and others don’t. Without initiative a man needs someone to prompt him to do his duties, but when a man has it he is self-motivated and his accomplishments come from his personal drive and desire. Factory workers punch a clock when they arrive at work and punch out when they leave. Everything is organized and scheduled for them and they simply must follow the schedule. But when you don’t have a regular schedule you have to organize your life and schedule your own plans.
So what is this quality called initiative? We generally think of initiative as recognizing and doing what needs to be done before being asked. It could also be described as ambition and the energy and desire that is needed to do something. Initiative believes in the possibilities of opportunity; it sees opportunity where others see barriers. Initiative goes the extra mile. People with initiative will take their talents and multiply them by taking action without being asked and take advantage of opportunities that others pass by. Initiative is crucial for succeeding as a church planter. This quality will help power us though setbacks, failures, adversities, persecution, oppositions, injustice and ingratitude. “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.” - - Proverbs 22:29. We cannot build a church from our office. It is necessary to get up and go out to reach the lost! “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” - - Proverbs 6:9.  
What motivates you? Are you motivated by lost men and women living in your city? Do you carry a burden for your community? There must be a heartfelt burden to start a new church. The driving force behind a pastor should be the worthiness of this endeavor. Building a church requires great effort, determination and sacrifice. If you can’t see the value of lost souls being saved the effort will seem too great. Excuses become the horse that pulls the plow of apathy and laziness. We can all come up with a great set of reasons why we should not do something.
We have to be willing to see what needs to be done for the kingdom and then do it. When we are motivated we can motivate others. Good leadership always inspires others to do their best. Without leadership a church will never meet its potential. Along with initiative, persistence is needed. “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”- - Pro 24:16. Success in church planting requires persistence when failure occurs. There will be failures in the ministry. The real issue is responding to failure as temporary and seeing it as a learning process necessary to grow. Mistakes, failures and trials will be a major part of the challenge in starting and building a church for God. Every challenge must be met with ambition and initiative to accomplish the calling of God in your life.