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Title: Seven Steps for Planting Churches: Partnering Church Edition

Seven Steps for Planting Churches Partnering
Church Edition
  • A presentation by
  • Dr. Tom Cheyney

  • Introduction
  • Getting Ready to Plant

Prepare for Birthing a New Congregation
  • Do you understand the purpose of the
    partnering/sponsoring church?
  • Is the new church flowing from God-given vision?
  • Is the church ready for the changes that
    partnering entails?

Your Image of Church
  • The image of church is changing
  • Population in urban areas is growing faster than
    growth rate of Protestant churches
  • We need to see churches as redemption centers
    that build bridges to their communities

NAMBs Goal for Church Planting
  • Double number of SBC churches by the year 2020
  • Southern Baptists need to help start 2,400 new
    churches in 2005
  • This is a God sized Goal
  • We must be willing followers of Christ to meet
    this goal.

Step 1
  • Casting a Vision for Multiplying
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish
    (Prov. 2918, KJV).
  • Where there is no vision, the people are
    unrestrained (Prov.2918, NASB

The Church Planting Vision
  • Flows from the Great Commission
  • Requires making disciples among every people
  • Demands that we go into the cultures
  • Most powerful motivation comes from knowing that
    this is what God wants us to do.

Receiving the Vision
  • The leader whose eyes are open to the needs of
    his community will be receptive to reaching
    people groups
  • Vision is not dependent upon current resources
    already in place
  • Vision for the new work sometimes originates with
    the planter.

Impediments to Vision
  • Vision Hijacking- members who join a new church
    following the launch impose their ideas upon the
    church, hijacking the original vision.
  • Apathy and Neglect- these two sins sneak in so
    slowly they go unnoticed.

Fear of Failure
  • Often the most voiced reason for not starting new
  • Key to success is planning
  • Many failures are related to lack of support,
    lack of planning, and lack of leadership
  • Not everything we dig, or sow will be successful
    (Mat. 133-8)

Cost of Partnership
  • Accept the reality of the cost issues
  • Focus on Gods provision
  • New work partnership entails benefits and

Waiting for More Growth
  • How large should a church be before partnering to
    start a new church?
  • Many established churches share their facilities
    with immigrants and ethnic groups in an effort to
    give a hand to a new congregation
  • Partnering churches dont need to be big- they
    just need to be willing.

Casting the Vision
  • Look to those who have recently and successfully
    parented new churches.
  • Effective leaders weave the vision for the new
    work into their messages and programs.
  • Effective leaders will use appropriate times and
    methods to cast the vision for church planting

Starting Points for Casting A Vision for
  • Have I actively sought a vision from God for
    partnering with a new work?
  • What impediments to parenting are keeping the
    leadership from hearing and seeing the
    opportunities for involvement as a partner

Starting Points for Casting a Vision for
  • Have I considered the fears and objections that
    may arise?
  • Have I talked to others whose churches have
    successfully partnered a new work?
  • Have I cast the vision for our involvement in a
    30-second, 3-minute and 30-minute presentation?

Step 2
  • Identifying the Ministry Focus Group
  • For though I am free from all men, I have made
    myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.
    To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might
    win Jews to those who are under the Law, as
    under the Law though not being my self under the
    Law, so that I might win those who are under the
    Law to those who are without law, as without
    law, though not being without the law of God but
    under the law of Christ, so that I might win
    those who are without law. To the weak I became
    weak, that I might win the weak I have become
    all things to all men, so that I may by all means
    save some. I do all things for the sake of the
    gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of
    it (1 Cor. 919-23, NASB).

Aim of Partnering Churchs Involvement
  • The vision for parenting becomes your road map.
  • Reduce the unchurched population through making
  • Identify the ministry focus group by developing a
    portrait of people who will reveal their
    spiritual aspirations, their needs, their values,
    their worldview, and their lifestyles.

How Church Partners and Planters Can Develop the
Community Portrait
  • Build relationships with non-Christians.
  • Listen to the culture.
  • Read what (community) people are reading.
  • Collect and interpret demographic and
    psychographic data.
  • Develop and implement a community survey.

Importance of Community Survey
  • Planters should avoid temptation to skip the
    labor-intensive survey.
  • Partnering church should play supportive role by
    availing people and resources to assist planter
    in survey process.
  • Visit as many people as possible.

Sample Survey Questions
  • Why do you think many people dont attend church
    these days?
  • What do you believe are the greatest needs in the
  • What kind of music are you most likely to listen
  • What kinds of ministries should a new church
    offer this community?

Sample Survey Questions
  • What would you identify as the most important,
    unresolved issue in our world today?
  • If a close friend invited you to church, would
    you consider accepting the invitation?
  • Would you be open to receiving information about
    a new church or home Bible study in your

Benefits of Surveying
  • Information obtained from survey will help
    planter and partner church understand the
    opportunities and challenges the people face.
  • Community members also provide helpful insights
    into the community.
  • Helps establish the spiritual condition of the

Missional Thinking
  • In places like the Jerusalem of Acts 2, where
    there is a well-seeded, pre-evangelized culture,
    the gospel can be communicated with relative
  • However, in urban centers of America, Canada, and
    cultural groups of unseeded, unevanglized
    culture, we will most likely be required to
    answer the question, What is this babbler trying
    to say (Acts 1718)?

  • A common tool used to identify and understand the
    ministry focus group
  • Can be misleading if used incorrectly

The Fallacy of Average
  • Arises when the demographic study covers an area
    that includes people groups outside of the
    ministry focus group.
  • Can be greatly minimized by clarifying the area
    to be studied.
  • Generally, the only way to receive useful
    information is to have firsthand knowledge of the
    area for which you are requesting demographic

Starting Points for Identifying Ministry Focus
  • Ensure that the vision for church planting
    partnership is focused.
  • Gather demographic and psychographic data from
    your state or Canadian Baptist convention or
  • Consult and initiate partnership with
    associational director of missions or (in Canada)
    area church planting catalyst.
  • Enlist workers to help with the community survey
    and execute survey. Use as an opportunity to
    promote vision casting.

Starting Points for Identifying Ministry Focus
  • Assist the church planting team in establishing a
    budget and calendar for the survey work.
  • Provide clerical help in the gathering and
    analysis of the survey data.
  • Help the planter to use gathered data to create a
    portrait of his community and then now to sue
    that portrait to develop a ministry strategy that
    will lead to relevance.
  • Give prayerful consideration to sending out
    members who share the vision and fit the ministry
    focus group profile to join the new work. This is
    especially helpful if the partnering church is
    in close proximity to the new work ministry focus

Cooperative Relationships
  • State Baptist Convention church planting leaders
  • Associational Directors of Missions
  • Readiness Team, Church Planting Group, NAMB
  • Research Team, NAMB

Step 3
  • Enlisting Planters and Partners While Clarifying
  • Two are better than one, because they have a
    good reward for their labor. For if they fall,
    one will lift up his companion. But woe to him
    who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to
    help him up. Again, if two lie down together,
    they will keep warm but how can one be warm
    alone? Though one may be overpowered by another,
    two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is
    not quickly broken (Eccl. 49-12, NKJV).

Successful Partnership
  • Essence of successful partnership is synergy- the
    theory that the outcome of the whole is far
    greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Partnering is the effective leveraging of assets,
    abilities, and strengths.
  • Each participant must be working toward the same

Steps to Developing Partnerships
  • As of July 2001, only 5.2 percent of Southern
    Baptist churches are partnering new works.
  • More churches want to be involved but are not
    familiar with the processes for involvement.
  • Partnering church leaders feel unclear about
    their role.

Multiple Church Planting Partners
  • Requesting partnership is biblical.
  • Partners can share the load
  • For smaller congregations, becoming a copartner
    or partnering church can be a great entry point
    into the Great Commission mission work.

Power in Partnership
  • Can we share Christ by ourselves?
  • Partnership gives us more power for sharing
  • Look at POWER as an acronym

  • The strength gained in teaming with other
    Christians also gives us endurance.
  • Alone, our fear or other factors may cause us to
    give up when things get hard.
  • Teaming with other Christians helps us to keep
    pressing on.

  • Other Christians and my church can open my eyes
    to faith sharing opportunities
  • Sometimes on my own I dont see al the open

Worldwide impact
  • Partnerships take me beyond my normal sphere of
  • Through prayer, financial support, and by helping
    to educate others, we can support believers who
    are ministering in places well never see and
    impacting people well never meet.

  • Partnership energizes and helps build momentum
  • Fellowship with other believers gives us strength
    for our mission.

  • Christians partnering together can support each
    other with money, ideas, communication,
    materials, and our time.
  • We are more effective and productive when we band

Enlisting the Right Church Planter
  • Where can a mission-minded church discover the
    right church planter?

Enlisting the Right Church Planter
  • As the church leadership begins to cast a vision
    of participating in a church planting movement do
    not be surprised to have laymen step forward.
  • After the local church, the local association is
    a great place to look for church planters.

Enlisting the Right Church Planter
  • North American Mission Board The Church Planting
    Group coordinates the training or church planting
    networks throughout North America.
  • Southern Baptist Colleges and Seminaries The
    state conventions and NAMB have partnered with
    seven Southern Baptist Convention seminaries in
    North America and Canada, creating the Nehemiah

Is the Planter a Match?
  • Do they fit the community we are attempting to
  • The objective is not to have a perfect match.
  • The objective is to avoid so many areas of
    difference that the new church is stillborn.

The MCN Connecting with Other Churches
  • One potential outcome of the MCN is for churches
    to partner together in planting new churches.
  • Presents an enjoyable, easy to follow plan that
    encourages the natural development of
    partnerships through relationships that already
    exist among the churches.

Clarifying the Roles
  • Understand the Roles of the Parties Involved.
  • First, Build the Relationship.
  • Next, spell out the Roles and Expectations.

The Church Planter Needs to Know
  • The length of the partnership
  • The faithfulness of the prayer support
  • The level of the missions team support
  • The amount of financial commitment

The Length of the Partnership
  • Needs to be more than one year to enable all of
    the partners to share the excitement of growth.
  • The church planter needs to have the sense of
    stability multiple year partnerships provide.
  • There must be a phasing out of support to help
    the young church develop into a healthy
    self-supporting body.

The Faithfulness of the Prayer Support
  • Specific and fervent prayer is the most important
    contribution the partnering church can make.
  • The planter must know that his partnership
    churches are interceding on his behalf.

The Level of Missions Team Support
  • The church planter needs to be able to plan his
    strategy knowing that the partnership church will
    provide a certain amount of missions team
  • The plant and partnering church will be blessed
    by the missions trips.

The Amount of Financial Commitment
  • Annie Armstrong Offering
  • Cooperative Program Dollars
  • NAMB assistance
  • State Convention, Local Association
  • Prayer expecting great things from God

The Partnering Church Needs to Know
  • The church planter is a person of doctrinal
  • The church planter is a person of moral

Options For Developing the Covenant
  • Copy what others have done.
  • Fill-in-the-blank form (see Appendix 2)
  • Partnering Covenant Template (see Appendix 2)

Advantages of Partnering Covenant Template
  • Reflects the actual issues that the partnering
    covenant needs to address.
  • Possible to ascertain the areas of agreement and
    those of potential conflict.
  • Time spent developing the covenant promotes the
    partnering relationship between the church and
    mission leaders early on.

Disadvantages of Partnering Covenant Template
  • Process takes more time and creative effort than
    other approaches
  • Can manifest differences in philosophy or
    ideology that might not have otherwise arisen.

Other Types of Covenants
  • Correction Fluid Approach
  • Fill-in-the-blank form

Appeal of Correction Fluid Approach
  • Takes only a few minutes
  • Does not require much personal contact between
    the partnering church and church planter.

Disadvantage of Correction Fluid Approach
  • The form usually gets photocopied and corrected
    so many times, it becomes illegible.

Advantages of the Fill-in-the Blank Approach
  • Allows some personalization and contextualization
  • Requires someone from both groups to work to
    develop a working document.

Disadvantages of Fill-in-the-Form Approach
  • Looks like a team of lawyers developed them
  • Fail to effectively communicate the spirit and
    heart of the covenant.

Some Starting Points for Enlisting Planters and
Partners While Clarifying Roles
  • Put together a Missions Partnership
  • Survey membership for interested individuals.
  • Develop the Planter/Partner Covenant

Cooperative Relationships
  • Multiplying Church Networks
  • State Convention Church Planting Department and
    local Association Director of Mission
  • NAMB, Church Planting Group
  • Seminary Nehemiah Project

Step 4
  • Discover and Commit Resources
  • You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at
    the first preaching of the gospel, after I left
    Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter
    of giving and receiving but you aloneAnd my God
    will supply all your needs according to His
    riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 415,19,

Stop the Presses
  • The greatest need church planters perceive is the
    one for resources
  • The church at Antioch became a first-century
    missionary headquarters by becoming a training
    base for church planters as well as a resource
    center through prayer support, encouragement, and
    gifts to churches in need.

Stop the Presses
  • The partnering church should not hesitate to
    request the planter to provide an accounting of
    the resources received.
  • Acts reminds us that it has always taken
    resources to get the job done.
  • Churches need to step forward and commit

Understand Why People Give
  • Givers dont like to pay bills (such as facility
  • Givers dont respond well to guilt or negativism.
  • Givers dont respond well to needs.
  • Givers respond to dynamic visions.

Steps to Discovering Resources
  • Partner churches need to play a key role in
    providing resources for their new congregations.
  • Resources include more than just financial
  • Prayer and the Holy Spirit are keys to securing
    the resources needed and the courage to take
    required steps of faith.

Resources for the Church Plant and the Partnering
  • Multiplying Church Network
  • Calling out the Called
  • Discovery Tools
  • Mentor Training
  • Church Planter Resources

Missions Development Council
  • The partnering church should focus and coordinate
    its efforts through its On Mission Team, New Work
    Team, or Missions Development Council.
  • Three components are (1) determine the specific
    resources needed (2) discover the resources
    available (3) commit and manage the resources.

Determining the Resources Needed
  • Develop a Church Planting Proposal with the
    help of the church planter ( for more help visit
  • Produce a video showing the community, the focus
    group, and the potential for the new church.
  • Prepare a budget for the first 12-18 months of
    the project. (See Appendix 6)

Discover the Resources Available
  • The Promises of God
  • The Core Group
  • Partner Church(es)
  • Denominational Support
  • Bivocational Planting/Mission Service Corp
  • Other Resources Financial resources may be
    available from special mission foundations.

Commit and Manage Resources and Starting Points
for This Step
  • From the beginning the new church should use wise
    financial management policies and teach Christian
  • Partnership Covenant Agreements
  • Resource Management Team
  • For additional materials go to www.ChurchPlantingV

Step 5
  • Mobilize Sponsoring Congregations
  • And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not
    where Christ was already named, so that I would
    not build on another mans foundation but as it
    is written, They who had no news of him shall
    see, who had no news of Him shall see, And they
    who have not heard shall understand.
  • For the reason I have often been prevented from
    coming to you but now, with no further place for
    me in the regions, and since I have had for many
    years a longing to come to you whenever I go to
    Spain-for I hope to see you in passing, and to be
    helped on my way there by you, when I have first
    enjoyed your company for a while (Rom. 1520-24,

Meaning of Mobilization
  • Mobilization-whether it be money, terms, or
    resources is about people.
  • The process of fulfilling the parent/sponsoring

Action amnesia
  • Occurs when churches or individuals renege on
    previous commitments.
  • Mobilization is where the rubber meets the road.
  • Prevent action amnesia by communicating with
    church planter, membership, Missions Committee,
    and others involved.

Multiplying Church Networks
  • Tool developed by NAMB to assist in the
    mobilization of sponsoring congregations
  • Brings together church and associational leaders
    in small groups to help them effectively achieve
    the Great commission task

Who Can Be a Part of the MCN?
  • Associational Missionaries
  • Sponsoring church pastors
  • Ministers of missions
  • Lay mission leaders
  • Church planting missionaries
  • Anyone with a heart for church multiplication

Why Be a Part of the MCN?
  • Nice to know youre not alone
  • Allows for cross-pollination of ideas
  • Sharing of resources
  • Accountability

Kingdom Values
  • Praying
  • Evangelistic Church Planting
  • Koinonia Sharing
  • Sharpening
  • Interdependence
  • Celebrating
  • Harvest and Deploy Resources

  • Acts 114, 1 Thess.517, Jas. 516
  • Prayer Power
  • Prayer for multiplication takes place at every
    level of the process.
  • Action Point Has prayer (and fasting) been

Evangelistic Church Planting
  • Acts 1421-26
  • The objective is planting churches that value the
    reduction of the unchurched population.
  • Action Point Is our partnership mobilized in
    such a way as to win souls for Jesus?

Koinonia Sharing
  • Prov. 1114 1522 Rom. 1215
  • One of the strongest elements in spiritual
    community is fellowship.
  • Fellowship helps us to be intentional and
    creative in our relationships.
  • Sharing allows communication
  • Action Point Is regular and heartfelt sharing
    and communication taking place?

  • Proverbs 2717
  • Learning is a lifelong endeavor.
  • We will seek to sharpen our sins and
    understanding through assigned topics, sharing,
    and prayer
  • Action Point Has the congregation been
    adequately educated as it relates to our
    parenting role?

  • Eph. 411-12
  • Doing together what we cannot do by ourselves
    is at the heart of our convictions.
  • Action Point Have all of the available
    resources been mobilized? Are there other
    persons, congregations, or groups that can be

  • Luke 1523 2 Cor. 1311
  • We celebrate learning.
  • We celebrate Gods presence.
  • We celebrate sharing and fellowship
  • Action Point Have we celebrated the joy of
    giving and sending?

Harvest and Deploy Resources
  • Matt. 938 Phil. 419
  • The resources are in the harvest.
  • When churches act on faith, God provides.

Starting Points for Mobilizing Sponsoring
  • Analyze needs and then discuss them
  • Implement the spiritual resources for the harvest
  • Host a Calling out the Called event
  • Ensure that the partnering covenant covers
    insures concerning resources
  • Following prayer and fasting, determine other
    resources that may still need to be mobilized.

Step 6
  • Support Birthing Process and Ongoing Evaluation
  • And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to
    spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to
    infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not
    solid food for you were not yet able to receive
    it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for
    you are still fleshly. For since there is
    jealousy and strife among you, are you not
    fleshly, are you not walking like mere men (1
    Cor. 31-3, NASB)?

Developmental Phases of Church Planting
  • Churches are not birthed fully mature.
  • We need to be prepared to support each phase of
    the birthing and development process of a new
  • As in human development, there are steps that be
    taken during incubation and early stages of the
    new churchs life to help ensure church health
    throughout the congregations lifecycle.

  • Two types of conception-
  • Planned
  • Unplanned

Conception Phase Planned
  • Clarify the vision
  • Identify your ministry focus group
  • Identify the church planting team members.
  • Initiate frequent contact with partnering church.
  • Work with sponsors in developing a covenant.
  • Continue to recruit additional team members.
  • Use the Discovery Tools to help planting team
    understand the roles.

Conception Phase Unplanned (Church Planting Team)
  • Seek counsel from associational or state leaders.
  • Identify who the new church will be able to
    effectively reach.
  • Confess and repent of actions that might have
    contributed to the split.
  • Seek Gods help in the building of the new church
  • Consider enlisting partnering churches to help
  • Use the Discovery Tools to help the planting team
    members understand their roles.

Conception Phase Unplanned (Roles for Partnering
  • Learn as much as possible about the ministry
    focus group.
  • Identify possible fears or objections that will
    be raised that might thwart the vision.
  • Begin developing the partnering covenant with the
    church planting team.
  • Identify and remove reproductive barriers.
  • Seek to create a positive environment for
    reproduction among membership.
  • Identify potential members who feel called to
    work with the church planting team.
  • Initiate contact with associational or state
    church planting leaders.

Prenatal Phase (Church Planting Team)
  • During this phase, the partnering church assumes
    the role of a pediatrician

Prenatal Phase (Church Planting Team)
  • Set up bank account
  • Develop core group through small group bible
    studies and relationship building activities
  • Identify core group members gifts and roles in
    the new work
  • Conduct preview service
  • Organize publicity for the first pubic service.
  • Begin financial support of the new work through
    core group tithes and offerings.
  • Begin cooperative mission giving.

Prenatal Phase Partnering Church Action Points
  • Work with the church planter in finding a
    strategic location.
  • Budget preparation and securing resources.
  • Meet al least monthly with the church planter.
  • Join or develop a Multiplying Church Network.
  • Attend Mentor Training
  • Deploy members who feel called
  • Promote prayer for the new work.
  • Help with administrative and logistical
  • Host a baby shower for the new work.
  • Offer to help with and evaluate preview services.

Birth Phase
  • Time of the first public service and the period
    immediately following
  • Focus should be on celebration and worship.

Birth Phase Church Planting Team
  • Conduct one last preview service.
  • First public worship.
  • Consider hosting a prayer retreat or vigil just
    before the first service.
  • Begin modeling stewardship
  • Immediate follow-up begins.
  • Send prayer partners birth announcements
  • Complete the first monthly report

Birth Partnering Church Action Points
  • Celebrate with the mission church following the
    first public worship.
  • Encourage concentrated prayer for the birth.
  • Provide encouragement and assistance with
    immediate follow-up.
  • Host a dedication service for the new church.
  • Begin monthly review of reports with the church
  • Contact the denominational leadership with an

  • Shift from anticipation and expectation to
    implementation and growth.
  • Time of either rapid growth or fragile dependence
    for the new work.

Infancy Phase Church Planting Team
  • Rapid growth should be taking place
  • Time of teething pains
  • Maintain weekly contact with your prayer team.
  • Revisit the strategy plan frequently.
  • Ensure leadership reproduction is taking place.
  • Enjoy discovering your unique identity.

Infancy Phase Partnering Church Action Points
  • Providing positive reinforcement and modeling for
    the new work.
  • Continue to have regular contact with the church
    planter and its leadership.
  • Provide weekly photos of the new work to the
  • Pray for healthy development of the new work and
    for its immerging leaders.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for
    the new work.

Childhood Phase
  • The new work will likely make some dumb mistakes
    during this phase
  • Important for partnering church to remember that
    children rebound quickly from dumb mistakes
    whereas the members of the partnering church may
    be tempted to remember the mistake.

Childhood Church Planting Team
  • Easily distracted from goals and objectives set
    during the prenatal period.
  • Avoid the tendency to mindlessly copy what other
    new churches are doing
  • Have fun
  • Observe and celebrate milestones
  • Evaluate the role of prayer during this phase.
  • Lead out in short-term missions projects.
  • Conduct a planning retreat with the leadership
  • Dont forget to have contact with the partnering

Childhood Partnering Church Action Points
  • Revisit the goals and objectives of the new work
    with the church planter each time you meet.
  • Encourage grace when the new work makes a mistake
  • Ask questions rather than give answers
  • Begin praying about partnering with another new
  • Support and encourage the new churchs early
    attempts at independence.
  • Consider a special celebration service with the
    new work to observe a completed milestone.

Adolescence Phase
  • Can be approached with anticipation or dread.
  • Adequate preparation in the earlier phases can
    ensure a smooth transition into and out of

Adolescence Church Planting Team
  • A time of self-awareness.
  • Recognize a tendency towards rebellion against
    established churches and traditions.
  • Prepare for self-support.
  • Meet with associational leadership regarding
    membership and constituting.
  • Seek to communicate to the congregation the value
    of interdependence over independence.
  • Schedule a constituting service.

Adolescence Partnering Church Action Points
  • Provide increased autonomy and prepare to let go.
  • Decrease support and encourage new ideas.
  • Dont avoid contact with the church planter
  • Revisit the partnering covenant with the new
    church planter.
  • Provide information regarding constituting and

  • Final phase when partnering church will let go of
    the new work as a partnering church and assume
    the role as a sister church.
  • Following this phase, both congregations should
    be involved in reproduction.

Maturity Church Planting Team
  • Conduct the constituting service.
  • Evaluate the church planting process just
  • Develop and engage in a process for reproduction.
  • Become a partnering church for another new work.

Maturity Partnering Church Action Points
  • Help plan and participate in the constituting
    service celebration.
  • Evaluate the partnering process just completed.
  • Plan for additional partnering opportunities.
  • Celebrate

Step Seven
  • Celebrate and Communicate Church Multiplication
  • Now after this the lord appointed seventy
    others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to
    every city and place where He Himself was going
    to come. And He was saying to them, The harvest
    is plentiful, but the laborers are few therefore
    beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out
    laborers into His harvest. Go behold, I send
    you out as lambs in the midst of wives. Cary no
    money belt, no bag, no shoes and greet no one on
    the way. Whatever house you enter, first say,
    Peace be to this house. If a man of peace is
    there, your peace will rest on him but if not,
    it will return to you. (Luke 10, NASB).

  • People love to celebrate the birth of a child.
  • A parent loves to celebrate the birth, as well as
    the childs first steps, first words, first date,
    and birthdays.
  • Some partnering churches forget that church
    reproduction is filled with opportunities to
    celebrate mileposts in the life of the church

  • Church reproduction is a cause to rejoice.
  • Reproduction in a healthy church will take place
    at many levels.
  • Each level and phase of reproduction is an
    opportunity for celebration and communication.

What does it mean to Celebrate?
  • To observe ( a day or an event) with ceremonies
    of respect, festivity, or rejoicing
  • To perform (a religious ceremony)
  • To extol or praise
  • To make widely known

Ten Ways the Partnering Church Should Celebrate
  • Celebrate every new birth in the life of the
  • Observe each anniversary during the partnering
  • Remember the church planters birthday
  • Plan a church fellowship meal or banquet when a
    goal has been reached
  • Celebrate the season
  • Ask for time at an associational meeting to share
    a partnering testimony
  • Baptisms are always a great time to celebrate
  • Have a joint Lords Supper celebration
  • Mark the completion of the partnering commitment
    with a festivity.
  • Host a Missions Celebration Conference in your

How Can Laypeople Most Effectively Help You and
Your Efforts?
  • Six Southern Baptist Church Planting Missionaries
  • Linda Bergquist Prayer is the most important.
    People could come here and be part of the teams
    that start churches of all kind.
  • Frank Cornelius Have laypeople who are
    experienced in church leadership to come and stay
    one to six months and help train leaders in new

How Can Lay People Most Effectively Help You and
Your Efforts?
  • Kathryn Durocher Laypeople can pray that more
    church planters will be sent. We need more
  • Robert Goete Pray for the challenges of the
    second generation of immigrants.
  • Dennis E. Hampton Prayer. Legitimate
  • Frank Miller Pray specifically for our ministry.
    Volunteer yourself to go where needed.

Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Consider partnering another congregation before
    the existing commitment undergoes closure. Make
    church planting an ongoing activity of your
  • Consider jointly partnering with your new work in
    a third-generation church plant.

Starting Points to Celebrate and Communicate
Church Multiplication
  • Identify opportunities to celebrate your churchs
    missional role.
  • Evaluate how well reproduction is occurring at
    every level in your church.
  • Develop plans for starting additional churches.

Appendix 2 Suggested Covenant Guidelines
  • Establish mutually acceptable guidelines to which
    all participating entities will adopt.
  • Commit to working relationships relative to
    ministry, support of missions, and
  • Participate in monthly (or quarterly) meetings of
    prayer, encouragement, and evaluation.

Appendix 2 Responsibilities of Partners During
the Covenant Agreement
  • Enlist a prayer team
  • Assist in developing a strategic plan to plant
    the church
  • Enlist and deploy volunteers to regularly assist
    with the church plant
  • Assist in providing and/or securing and
    maintaining meeting facilities/location for the
    church plant

Appendix 2 Responsibilities of Association/State
  • Mobilize prayer support for the church planting
  • Assist with financial support
  • Provide personal and event evangelism training
    for planter and leaders.

Appendix 2 Responsibilities of Church Planter
  • Cooperate with the sponsor church leadership in
    developing a strategic plan for the church plant.
  • Commit to enthusiastically fulfilling all the
    functions of the new church
  • Participate in the training provided by the
    sponsor church/association, and /or state

Appendix 4 Church Planting Rational
  • Important to remember God is the one who builds
    his church.
  • The Holy Spirit does not always follow the same
    pattern or process in beginning a congregation.
  • People discover Gods direction through prayer.

Appendix 4 Five Reasons for Planting
  • Planting churches is biblical.
  • Planting churches is typical Baptist action.
  • Planting churches is practical.
  • Planting churches is rewarding.
  • New churches usually stimulate the growth of
    existing churches.

The Need for New Congregations
  • More than 230 million people in North America are
  • Planting churches is the most effective way to
    reach unchurched people.
  • New congregations grow faster than established
  • New congregations are the best stewardship of our
    mission dollars.
  • Planting congregations opens new doors for people
    to enter the church.

Appendix 5 Six Church Planting Approaches
  • Program-based church planting
  • Purpose-based church planting
  • Seeker-based church planting
  • Ministry-based church planting
  • Relational-based church planting
  • Affinity-based church planting
  • For more examples, visit www.ChurchPlantingVilla

Appendix 7 MCN Scheduling Options
  • Monthly MCN Meeting 2- 2 ½ hours
  • Biweekly 1-1/2 2 hours
  • Weekly 1 1- ½