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View Evangelism as Seed Sowing

Church Planting – Evangelism as Seed Sowing

Posted June 02, 2008, Gary Rohrmayer at “Your Journey Blog”

Developing a Sowing Mentality - Part 1

Why is it that some missional leaders see growth in their church every year?  Why is it that some can crash through growth barrier after growth barrier?  There are multiple issues around this subject but one thing rings true in every leader I know who hasn’t settled on a plateau.  Each of these leaders possesses what I like to call a “sowing mentality.”  They are constantly and liberally sowing seeds to uncover receptive hearts to the gospel.  It may often come about through increasing their ability to get into more spiritual conversations, loving their community with incarnational service, engaging people through random acts of kindness or saturating their community with captivating marketing images.  These leaders do whatever it takes to discover those who possess that “good soil” Jesus spoke about which will produce a yield a hundred fold.

King Solomon offers some wisdom on the subject of sowing in the book of Ecclesiastes, “Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6)  This verse speaks volumes to those who are serious about making connections with those who are disconnected from your people and know nothing about your church.

1. Those with a “sowing mentality” know it is a 24 hour job. “Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let not your hands be idle…”

Sowing is a “morning and evening” job.  Missional leaders understand the God’s redemptive flow is never turned off.  As one leader put it, “leaders understand that the opportunity monitor is never off.” Missional leaders realize that opportunities abound all around them all the time and frequently when it isn’t convenient. I have become a fan of the television show “24” in recent days.  I am always amazed what Jack Bauer can accomplish in a twenty-four hour period! 

Can you think of a DAY that changed the life of your church? The day for me was July 17, 1991. It happened after 2 ½ years of sowing seeds into the community and we had planned and prepared for a Friend’s Day in the middle of the summer.  At the being of the summer we were averaging 65 people…by the fall we averaged 165!  We saw more people cross the line of faith that year than in the previous 2 years. A year later we broke the 200 hundred barrier!  We reaped a harvest though constantly and creatively sowing seeds into our community.

2. Those with a “sowing mentality” know that it involves hard work, “…let not your hands be idle…”

Missional leadership is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who are willing to roll up their sleeves and push themselves out in the harvest field.  It is for those who resist idleness.  One thing I am grateful for in my childhood is that my father, who was raised on a farm, imparted to me a farmer’s mentality towards work.  Farming is a 24/7 job.  Idleness is not in the vocabulary of a farmer as well as a successful church planters I heard Darrin Patrick say at a recent church planting conference that many young church planters enter church planting out of a sense of laziness because they are tired of a senior leader holding them accountable for their performance and results. These are the guys the start churches that never grow over 65.

At first I was taken back by the observation but as a coach I see too many young leaders and those new to full-time ministry struggle with the issue of time management and putting in a hard days work!  Time gets wasted and squandered resulting in lost opportunities.  The lack of diligence in planning, preparing and cultivating your community is one of the key factors to an ineffective outreach. The old writer Sam Ewig said it best, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”


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