Avoid Confusing What You Should Do Quickly And What You Should Not Do Too Quickly
What cannot be done too quickly:
- Obey any of Jesus’ commands.
- Ask new, potential leaders to start shepherding their own families.
- Encourage seekers like Cornelius and Zacheus to host gatherings for friends and relatives to learn about Christ.
- New churches send new members to witness to friends and relatives, including to other areas that need daughter churches or cells.
- Begin mentoring potential leaders.
- Recognize as a church any group of any size that obeys Jesus’ general commands.
- Name as provisional shepherds those who meet Titus 1 requirements, as soon as any do.
- Name as shepherding elders those who meet 1 Timothy 3 requirements, at least as rapidly as Paul did in Galatia.
What can be (and often is) done too quickly:
- Name persons to be shepherding elders who only know how to preach well.
- Organize regional associations of churches, creating political structures.
- Start institutional training and education programs.
- Bring in an outsider to pastor a new church that is not ready for a traditional pastor.
- Build chapels.
- Pay pastors to work full-time.
- Organize Sunday Schools.