What is a Ninja Church Planter?

nin·ja \’ninjƏ\ church \’chƏrch\ plant·er \’plan-tƏr\

Definition: A serial church planter who:

  • is on the move like a Ronin, and travels where the need is
  • cares not for personal honor or glory, but shuns it, seeking obscurity
  • is willing to sacrifice all in the name of, and glory to, his Master
  • strikes hard for the kingdom, then steals back into the shadows to strike elsewhere

I got bucked off the full-time ministry bull at the end of my first rodeo. I was leaving for the mission field and needed to fall back on my RN degree. I climbed back onto the bull during my second rodeo, and got thrown even harder.  This time it was when I “had it all” as the evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s church “Sandfields” in the UK. I’d been working as their evangelist for a year straight, doing all the gnarly stuff nobody ever wants to do but then 9/ 11 hit, and all charitable giving in America dropped by 50% and I became a walking statistic, forced to work in a factory to pay my bills. After a year of fruitless hardcore ministry, it only took a few weeks on the factory floor working alongside the rough-necked blue-collar workers to see three people come to Christ.

From that job at the factory, I went on to become a firefighter in the next town I pastored in. Finally, the Starbucks story happened. What’s the point?

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