The Most Important Question A Church Planter Can Ask

I’ve planted three churches. One in my early 20’s, one in my late 20’s, and my final one after I had just turned 40. The funny thing about getting older is that you seem to know less than you did when you were younger.

Now I know that not all church planters are in their 20’s or 30’s…some set out to plant much older, but church planters, regardless of age, typically have certain things in common.

Church planters tend to be entrepreneurial. Church planters have done all they can to educate themselves in the field of church planting (seminary or some sort of formal or informal education, conferences, workshops…and of course, they’ve read everything ever written by Steve Sjogren.

But the thing is, no matter how prepared you are, no matter how much you know…you don’t know what you don’t know, and it can kill ya. Therefore, the best question a church planter (or any pastor as far as that goes) can ask their key leaders is this:

“What do you see that I don’t see?”

Never underestimate the likelihood of personal blind spots and for those blind spots to sabotage your relationships and ministry. Regularly when you meet one-on-one with your leaders or even in a group setting, get used to asking, “What do you see that I don’t see?” The insight, perspective, and information this simple question provides will prove invaluable as you move forward in your church plant.