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May 19, 2016

The Entrepreneurial Spirit and The Church Planter

By Daniel Im

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit and The Church Planter

For those familiar with church planting, you have heard many church planting proponents express that one of the key elements that a planter needs—especially if he is going to be successful—is an entrepreneurial spirit.

An entrepreneurial spirit describes a person who is a self-starter, someone who can build something from the ground up. The entrepreneurial spirit describes the person who works the ground, personally connects, cultivates a concept and vision, and builds a team to execute. For church planters, such as spirit allows them to not shy away from the daunting dream (or call) of planting a church. In addition, the spirit fuels them through all the challenges, roadblocks, setbacks, and mistakes that will occur through the planting journey.

Recently, I sat down with Marlan Mincks, pastor of Ironridge Church in Waukon, IA and the Director of Church Planting Assessments for Converge. During our time together Marlan discussed the potentiality and insufficiency of the entrepreneurial spirit.

The Potentiality of The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Thirteen years ago Marlan planted Ironridge Church in Waukon, IA. A few years into the plant Marlan sought to find a permanent place for Ironridge to gather. As he was walking in downtown Waukon he saw a for-sale sign in front of an old movie theatre. As he saw the sign his entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and thought, “What if the church bought the movie theatre, renovated it, opened it back up to serve the community, and used it as the home of Ironridge?” The thought became a dream, and the dream became a reality. Today Ironridge owns and operates Main Feature Theatre, which is a fully functioning movie theatre and pizza parlor.

Church in the “third place,” or churches owning and operating businesses in the community, isn’t something new, but it is a growing [missional] concept. It’s one that is birthed from an entrepreneurial spirit.

For Marlan and Ironside they work hard to use Main Feature Theatre as a tool to serve both the community and the mission of the church. The best way to serve both entities according to Marlan, was for Ironridge to separate the two entities but keep them under the same umbrella. Thus, they intentionally created a leadership team who oversees the business, but who reports back to the church’s board. And the profit generated by the business is poured back in the ministry and mission of the church.

In short, Marlan and Ironridge is a great example of the potentiality of the entrepreneurial spirit in that it not only fueled Marlan to stay the course in planting a church in an area, but that it saw the potential of a church owning and operating a legal, functioning, and thriving business for the glory of God, the good of the city, and the advancement of the gospel.

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Tweetables:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit describes a person who is a self-starter, someone who can build something from the ground up.
  • The entrepreneurial spirit describes the person who works the ground, personally connects, cultivates a concept & vision, and builds a team to execute.
  • Church in the third place, or churches owning & operating businesses in the community, isn’t something new, but it is a growing missional concept.
  • Churches owning and operating businesses is a missional concept birthed from an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Although the entrepreneurial spirit enhances the potentiality of the planter—it is insufficient in and of itself.
  • The main thing needed within church planters today isn’t an entrepreneurial spirit, but the call of God
  • Planters will not last unless they are grounded and rooted in the call of God on their life. Marlan Mincks
  • While the entrepreneurial spirit equips a planter with great potential in what the planter is able to do, it doesn’t complete them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Founder of NewChurches.com and the Director of Church Multiplication for LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. He is the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry, and co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd ed) with Ed Stetzer. He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Visit Danielim.com to learn more.

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