by | Jun 1, 2011 | Church Leadership, Church Planting

When you go to plant a church, or are involved in helping others plant churches that question must be asked clearly and plainly. A battery of tests, evaluations and interviews that help guide and determine your “make-up” as a planter then follows the question.

But here’s the deal. We all use those tests (most are the same), we do the interviews and that information is valuable. It takes past successful planters and measures their mutual qualities against the prospective planter. Then there is a pass-fail.

Frankly… I hate this. It must be used, but I just think we’re putting God in such a box like that. Now before all my fellow “planter assessors” start throwing stones hear what I’m saying.

New planters must and should be evaluated, tested, interviewed and assessed. But… I think we need to leave room for God. God has and always will use the foolish (some that don’t pass all the tests) to astound the wise (those of us giving the thumbs up or down).

Jesus chose the “untrained and uneducated” to reach the world. The most of which would have probably failed some of if not all the tests. Jesus used an unorthodox system of choosing leaders…he chose the ones His Father said to choose.

I think we need to use all we have to help sharpen and identify future leaders and planters. But, we also need to recognize God can do things and use people we never thought could plant a successful church.

So, I think we should pray earnestly over all those that fail…and pass! Ask the Father can this one…be a Church Planter? Then rely more on the voice of God rather than the planter’s test score.

Just my opinion and conviction. What say you?


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Artie Davis

Artie Davis is the Founding Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is an International multi-site & multi-ethnic church with locations in the US & Liberia, West Africa. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Artie was a successful entrepreneur and has a passion for coaching and multiplying leaders and writes about it almost exclusively on his blog, He is also the founder and Director of a church planting movement called the Its passion is to partner and plant “life-giving” & “ethnically reflective” churches in smaller cities & communities. Artie is also the Executive Director of, a national gathering movement for leaders and pastors in smaller cities. Internationally, Artie is Co-Founder of Think Liberia (USA), a partnering organization that helps meet physical, medical and spiritual needs of those in the West African nation of Liberia. Artie is married to his life-partner, best friend & wife Georgie. They live in SC, and have three children.