by Jared King, Missio Church, Seattle
I am not much of a handyman. In fact, my wife is the handyman around our house. But even I know that having the right tools makes building much easier. And it certainly is true of building a church. The difficulty in church planting is that there are more tools now than we know what to do with. It seems like every week someone comes out with the new “latest and greatest” tool to help you form teams, lead people, disciple leaders, and raise funds. The hard part is discerning the tools that are right for you in your season.
The 5 Capitals
Mike Breen’s 5 Capitals is the tool that has been most useful to us during our groundwork phase of church planting in Seattle. It is a tool to help you understand the nature of connection between yourself and individuals, organizations, nonprofits, churches, ministries, etc. It’s easy to form relationships and connections that produce little substance. The reason most of our connections produce so little fruit has less to do with the heart of the connection, but, rather, a lack of understanding the nature of the connection.
Breen outlines five different capitals that we are in charge of stewarding for God’s Kingdom as disciples of Jesus. What are the 5 Capitals?
Any business owner or church planter knows to invest in making connections. This tool helps to clarify within relationships how two partners can work together to advance kingdom work. It changes conversations from, “Hey, we should get together more often to encourage each other,” to “Please use our copy machine whenever you need to print anything. And thank you for babysitting our kids last week!” Building anything of substance requires all 5 Capitals. You can either try the uphill battle of growing your own capital, or, identifying where you can invest in others and how others can invest in you.