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Want To Plant A Church

I am called to fulltime ministry and I have been praying since 2001. Finally this year my wife and I feel we are now ready to go out and plant a church, but our Pastor has a different view. Do we resign and start or should we wait for him until he releases us with his blessing?

Moderator - It depends on why your Pastor is saying no.

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Ask yourselves, are each of you saved and born-again Christians? filled with the Holy Ghost with signs following? do you both have evangelism experience in leading diverse others to the Lord, and able to warfare against the enemies of the cross? And if so, then ask your pastor why he would object? Could it be that he may think that you might take away his sheep from him, to go and congregate with you?
---Eloy on 6/9/08

That's a shepherding type of authority you're talking about. It's quite big in the emergent circles. Shepherding can lead to spiritual abuse. It's the latest in an new type of church dynamic where you are setup like an amway pyramid scheme.
---lisa on 6/9/08

If you have a Divine calling, such as Jesus walking into your room and telling you to go into ministry, then I will advise you MOST CERTAINLY, a Pastors blessing is not needed in such a case, However, if this is not the case, it is important to be UNDER THE COVERING and direction of your Pastors authority. And wait until God directs him to release you.
---Cynthia_1 on 6/9/08

If Jesus had waited for His disciples to get degrees, the gospel would never have been spread around the world. The calling to be a preacher has nothing to do with education. It has to do with whether or not God has called you to preach. If you have been praying for six years and are certain that this is the year to start a church, do it! Jesus will be there with you.
---Susie on 5/7/07

Some are called and sent
Some picked up a microphone and went
---RC on 5/7/07

Yes wait on your pastor's permission.
The bible says submit to authority.
Your pastor is your earthly sheperd watching over your soul. He has to give an account for that.(Hebrews 13:17; 1Peter 5:5)

If you go out on your own you won't have your pastor's approval & would be giving place to the devil in a sense that it would be disobedience.

So just wait until he releases you.
---Rickey on 5/7/07

If God called you into the ministry and to start your own church. Then go right ahead and open up your own church. but make sure it is God leading you into opening up a church and not your ownself. You do not need anyone's blessing to do this, if God called you for this purpose. You should have his support. And if he isn't supporting and helping you, then my guess is that he is jealous. You do not need any degrees to start up your own church. All you need is the okay from God.
---Rebecca_D on 5/7/07

If you a new graduate of a mainline seminary with a minimum of a Master of Divinity you are qualified to be an assistant pastor of a medium size congregation or pastor an established small one that does not have any significant troubles at this time. You really don't have the practical experience in the ministry yet to be trusted as a church planter. That will come with experience. When you are properly trained with 5 - 8 years of practical experience you might be useful as an church planter.
---Phil_the_Elder on 5/7/07

# 1 As I begin witnessing to people, and these people begin to accept the Lord Jesus Christ three different churches told me that I must be under their covering. As I prayed about this one day while driving the Lord told me you keep witnessing I'll be your cover.--- How very interesting that your pastor does not want to lose you.
---Mima on 5/7/07

# 2 a wise old Christian told me this about listening to The Holy Spirit. If you think the Holy Spirit is telling you to do something, go ahead and do it, if it is not of the Holy Spirit it will not amount to anything, but if it is of the Holy Spirit it cannot possibly fail! Now some 40 years later experiences have shown me that that is good advice. You should be looking for God's approval not your pastor's. God is not subject to mistakes such as a man like your pastor is.
---Mima on 5/7/07

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