Developed by Dr. Charles Ridley, who observed successful planters, the intensity and frequency of these qualities are predictive of an effective planter.
1. Visioning capacity: Generating vision, initiating plans, and building things from the ground floor up.
2. Intrinsic motivation: A self-starter who works with diligence and excellence.
3. Creating ownership: Passing the baton on to others, building teams, delegating successfully.
4. Reaching the unchurched: Consistently reaching out and influencing people toward a relationship with Christ and the church.
5. Spousal support (if married): Collaborating as partners and as a team in marriage and ministry.
6. Effectively builds relationships: Evidences the ability to meet new people and engage them in relationships at varied depths.
7. Committed to church growth: Embraces growing the church numerically and spiritually, and implements the church growth principle effectively.
8. Responsive to community: Understands local communities and implements culturally responsive ministries.
9. Uses the gifts of others: Assesses, develops, and releases others to serve in their area of giftedness.
10. Flexibility and adaptability: Negotiates change successfully while staying centered on the overall vision.
11. Building cohesive groups: Orchestrates widely differing people to function as a unified body.
12. Resilience: Stays the course in the face of major setbacks, disappointments, and opposition.
13. Exercises faith: Evidences a strong vital relationship with God and willingly takes significant faith risks.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church