Being involved in church planting involves thinking ahead... What are God's purposes for His church? How does He want to see a local body grow and function?
One important aspect of growth involves believers grasping the work and owning it for themselves. Continued reliance on a missionary or church planter can produce an unhealthy dependance and negatively affect the maturing of the church.
In Episode 29 of Lessons from the Field, we ask church planter and Bible translator Mike Wild:
In church planting what is your strategy for passing on the work to the new believers and leaders in the church?