Pastors.com has an article outlining the 8 characteristics of church planters. (Go here to read the whole article.)
Here are some excerpts:
1. "Catalytic innovator"
There are five characteristics:
Charismatic leader – "It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that effective NCD pastors freely describe themselves as ‘entrepreneurs.'"
Tenacious perseverer – "Like workers in every field, these developers go through times of ease and times of difficulty; despite the times, though, they persist in growing and building the church."
Risk-taker – "An effective NCD pastor takes risks with exceptional energy and when the stakes are exceptionally high."
Flexible adapter – "A skilled change agent who is agile and flexible with people and their agendas."
Self-starter – "They are not afraid to initiate a difficult plan of action or to take risks to see it through."
2. Vibrant faith in God
"Vibrant faith in God is a trait to be nurtured, one that is cultivated and nourished by making prayer and reflection on Scripture a disciplined priority in life."
3. Visionary/vision caster
"These developers dreamed big dreams and moved forward to fulfill them."
The most effective, he observed, were more likely to present their vision statements as "goals and objectives" rather than traditional statements with "ideals and hopes."
4. Empowering leadership
"This brand of leadership is not simply energetic leading; it is also the ‘ability to spot' and nurture other leaders."
"They lead to give their leadership away."
5. Passion for people
"These leaders love, they care, and they show it – and they identify relational skills as a key ingredient of leadership in the success of any new church."
6. Personal and relational health
"Most importantly, this trait underscores the importance of attending to and nurturing healthy families."
7. Passion for faith-sharing
"The most effective…pastors are likely, within any 90-day period, to have assisted a person making a first-time affirmation of faith."
8. Inspiring preaching or worship
"The goal of inspiring worship is an encounter that can be described as a celebration in which both the seeker and mature disciple ‘meet God' and understand Scripture."