Sifted highlights the vital importance of the spiritual, physical and emotional health of the church planter as a vital component in catalyzing leaders who reproduce. Where most resources focus on the “doing” of models, approaches and innovations, “Sifted” focuses on the “being” and health of church planting leaders.
The primary reference is Luke 22:31-32 where Jesus says, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” Jesus reference to Peter being “sifted” is based on the process of sifting the wheat from its chaff during harvest. Sifting is a form of refining and distilling the good from the bad and removing impurities. It’s also analogous to pressing grapes to extract the juice for wine.
Church planting is hard. Church planting is discouraging. Church planting is lonely. It is not for the faint of heart. Over 4,000 new churches start each year, which means upwards of 20,000 planters are in the trenches in years 1-5. Many of these leaders are discouraged and considering quitting.
In a recent national report issued by Exponential, planters universally cited the following struggles: (1) the internal battle to overcome pride, self-reliance, drivenness and an uncoachable attitude; (2) loneliness and isolation; (3) mistrust; (4) lack of rest; and (5) maintaining joy. Although most planters understand the importance of making personal development, soul care and family nurturing top priorities, these things often get lost in a planter’s busyness. The result is a fragile foundation for dealing with the discouragement and loneliness of planting. Eventually, any unresolved family of origin issues or weaknesses in the marriage will surface, often in the midst of the planter’s other struggles.
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Session 1: Sifted
God will use the trials and temptations in our lives as a “sifting” process to grow us as leaders. To make the most of this requires that we do the “hard work”, “home work” and “heart work” necessary to become the followers of Jesus that God wants us to be. As church leaders this becomes even more important because how we respond will be reproduced by others.
Scripture: Luke 22:31 2
Speakers: Wayne Cordiero, Dave Ferguson
Session 2: Calling
The trials and temptations that come during times of “sifting” will cause us to doubt and want to give up on our calling. It is during those times of defeat and loss that we must not quit or give up knowing that we have been called by God to lead his church and that how we respond will be reproduced by others in regards to their own calling.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-12:3
Speakers: Charles Jenkins, Jud Wilhite, Darrin and Amie Patrick
Session 3: Purity
The temptation of sin is in direct opposition to the holiness and mission of God and is part of the “sifting” process. By God’s grace the resistance of sin and the redemption of our sin can result in a stronger relationship with God and therefore more mature disciples and better leadership. How we respond to sins temptation is important not only in our own lives but also others because how we respond will be reproduced in the lives of others.
Scripture: Luke 22:31
Speakers: Dan and Shannon Smith, Brian and Amy Bloye
Session 4: Relationships
The “sifting” process not only impacts us but also the relationships that we value the most: our family and friends. It is during those times that we must be devoted to our commitments and the hard work of reconciliation not only for the good of our own relationships but also knowing that how we respond will be reproduced by others in their relationships.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1 – 12:3
Speakers: Bill Hybels (and family), Shawn and Tricia Lovejoy
Session 5: Movement
God will use the trials and temptations in our lives as “sifting” process to grow us as disciples of Jesus and as leaders of His church. How we respond not only shapes who we become, but also all who follow us. For there to be a movement of reproducing churches that will accomplish the mission of Jesus there must first be leaders who are living lives worthy of being reproduced.
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