Healthy relationships are vital to healthy ministry. Church-planting pastors who don’t cultivate healthy relationships won’t build healthy churches.
As Paul wrote to churches in the New Testament, he constantly emphasized how the gospel ought to shape the relationships among God’s people.
- In Ephesians 4, he instructs people to be humble, gentle, and bear with one another in love.
- In Colossians 3, he exhorts believers to forgive one another as the Lord has forgiven us.
- In Romans 13, we’re told to love one another with brotherly affection, and to outdo one another in showing honor.
- In Philippians 2, we’re told to count others more significant than ourselves as we follow Jesus together.
So Paul is clear: The church is to be marked by healthy relationships. If this is what the New Testament calls churches to, then pastors need to be exemplary in this area. And that’s why we believe church planters need to be men who cultivate healthy relationships.
But what does this actually look like? To help us think about healthy relationships in church planting, I’m excited to have my friend Lucas Parks with me today.