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Title: Developing a Regional Church Multiplication Strategy

Developing a Regional Church Multiplication
  • Presenter Dr. Dan Morgan
  • Associate Professor of Missions
  • Director, Nehemiah Project at SWBTS
  • Fort Worth, TX

Session 1
  • The Impact of Regional Strategies- Two Case

The Impact of the Status Quo
  • The Northwest Baptist Convention
  • Stuck at 450 churches for 20 years
  • The Willamette Valley
  • No church plants for a decade
  • Bluebonnet Association
  • Struggling financially, no new work in seven years

Association Ministry Capacity
  • A function of church ministry capacity
  • Churches older than ten years tend to be stable,
    but not showing net growth. Often in slow
  • So, without church planting, associations
  • Yet, your stewardship is for each soul in your
    region this should generate urgency

Story 1 Bluebonnet Baptist Assoc
  • Arrived 1999
  • one 7-yr old anglo plant still on support
  • Two old hispanic missions on support
  • A few churches willing to sponsor
  • Status Quo growth
  • Occasional maverick plants and affiliates
  • Occasional church fight results in a split
  • What was needed was a strategic plan

Strategic Planting
  • Three kinds clone, state-forced, partnership
  • Clone not adaptable to new contexts and takes
    members from existing churches
  • State-forced Sometimes breeds resentment in
    local churches
  • Partnership keeps ownership in the hands of the
    local church by making them partners in the
    process J.K.s preference

Doing it right Forming Partnerships
  • Dr Minton identified three critical issues that
    would make or break an associational approach
  • Outside pressure form a partnership with at
    least three local churches, so they have a
    majority and can resist outside pressure
  • Project control partnership shares control
  • Planter accountability Begins with selection of
    a trustworthy, capable planter, then works
    through a covenanted relationship w/ team

The Results
  • 2001 first Strategic Planning Team plant
    failed due to poor planter selection
  • 2002 Everyday Fellowship Corey Webb good
    assessment successful plant
  • 2003 2006 four churches per year
  • Now 18 total, 2 failed, 7 self-supporting, 1
    not-supported, rest in phase-down
  • 60 of churches help sponsor, number continues to
  • All plants become partners in new projects

Particulars of J.K.s Plan
  • Uses a 2-yr phase down, helps them prepare to go
    bi-vo if they arent going to reach self-support
    in the two years
  • Right now there are 7 churches somewhere in the
    process with four more scheduled for 2007
  • This is a funded process, so growth is limited by
    state and assoc. funding ability this is a
    limiting factor

  • I sponsored a seminar in 2004 for ADOMs
  • Jim Gaitliff attended and picked up on J.K.s
  • He customized it for his setting, then
    systematized it as a program called PRIME
  • Now he is training other associations in his

Story 2 Kauf-Vann Hunt Assoc
  • Jim is a long-time Texas pastor who became the
    associate ADOM for two associations in 2004.
  • No strategy, he was hired to establish one
  • Attended J.K.s training
  • Formalized an approach around four milestones

Jims milestones
  • Right Place develop list of sites for plants
  • Windshield surveys, demographic studies, etc
  • Right Planter Screened and matched to a site
  • Recruited from churches, college, seminary
  • Right Partners local churches, assoc, state,
    NAMB, non-local partner church
  • Right Plan Planter develops detailed plan, and
    is trained to implement it

  • Hunt Association
  • 10 partner churches at start
  • 17 missions funded
  • Gone from 68 to 86 churches in 30 months
  • Kauf-Vann Association
  • 7 partner churches to start, now 30 partners, 40
    of total churches partner in planting
  • 20 missions funded
  • Gone from 62 to 81 churches, 3 Hispanic cells, 4
    multi-housing cells

  • Jim is training several Texas associations in his
  • Oklahoma and Missouri state staffs have requested
    versions of PRIME for their states
  • Jim is training the Hudson Baptist Association in
    New York State in this process as I speak

Session Wrapup
  • It is possible to move a stagnant association
    toward remarkable growth
  • There are a limited number of problems that must
    be solved for success
  • These two leaders have hit on a systematic
    approach that points the way forward for all of
  • The next session will look in depth at that
    systematic approach

Session 2
  • A Systematic Approach to Church Multiplication

  • A leader willing to engage the problem
  • A compelling message to raise awareness and
    recruit a few pastors to the task
  • An association willing to let the staff try and
    make a difference

Issues to address
  • The strategy cant depend on pulling members out
    of existing churches, nor on a significant
    increase in the average churchs giving
  • No one entity can have unbridled control over a
    church plant project
  • The system must be able to resist outside
    pressure that would subvert the process
  • The planter must be able to implement his vision,
    but with accountability for results, character,
    and theology

A Model System
  • A Process to develop a prioritized list of
    strategic church planting sites/people groups
  • A process to develop a pool of qualified planters
    and match them to strategic sites
  • A process to form a Strategic Planning Team for
    each project and initiate that project
  • A process to preserve and expand the resource
    base partners, money, planters
  • A process to reproduce the process in churches,
    associations, and state conventions

Finding Sites and People Groups
  • Who? make it a major part of someones job
    description Key it must be constantly updated
    and re-prioritized with input from the ADOM
  • Sites and Groups are the warp and woof of
    targeting plants, so you need both geo and demo
  • Matching projects with planters is a dynamic
    process that needs active advocacy by the ADOM or

Finding Planters
  • Seminary, College, Career sources all contribute
  • Assess for general aptitude and character
  • Match planter passion with particular projects
  • This requires trained assessors and coaches
  • As the pool of assessors grows, assess toward
    specific contexts and models

Forming the SPT Who?
  • State, association always in
  • Particular churches are asked
  • A church plant
  • A never-sponsored-before church
  • A major funding church
  • The planter will lead the team

Forming the SPT How?
  • The ADOM/strategist matches a project with a
    planter and invites potential partners to meet
  • The first meeting is to assess the planter and
    agree to call.
  • The second meeting, the planter presents his plan
    and it is reviewed, then a covenant is formed.
  • Partners commit funding, and forms the first
    quarter budget
  • Planter commits strategy and to be accountable

Expanding the Resource Base
  • The staff is always on the lookout for potential
    planters, and partners with church planter
    training centers
  • The staff invites new partners with each project.
    Minor partners often become major partners in a
    subsequent project
  • Plants are required to escrow a percentage of
    receipts for sponsoring church planting partner
    the second year
  • Partner outside assoc. for funding, while funding
    is growing internally

Session 3
  • The Strategic Planning Team Key to success

Principles for Success
  1. Covenanted partnership
  2. Expanding the pool of sponsors
  3. Planter free to implement his strategy
  4. Partners fund a quarterly budget based on
    demonstrated need
  5. Partners help assess planter
  6. Planter needs a veteran planter coach

The Covenant
  • Partners commit for the duration of the project
  • Meeting quarterly to review results
  • Monthly giving to church plant
  • The planter is guaranteed the right to implement
    his strategy
  • The planter commits to be accountable to team for
    results, finances, character
  • State and Assoc. partners adjust their money
    quarterly as planters budget requires
  • Signed, everyone gets a copy

Initiating the SPT
  • ADOM or staff asks churches to consider being a
    partner. Commitment adjusted to fit the church.
  • Minton has SPT assess planter, Gaitliff has team
    of assessors do it.
  • SPT gathers to review strategic plan of planter,
    commit funds, and to sign a covenant.

Quarterly Meetings
  • Budget is funded quarter by quarter
  • Planter is in charge of the meeting
  • Reviews results of ministry initiatives
  • Reviews finances
  • Reviews plan for next quarter and the money it
    will take to do it
  • Project growth in people finances to stay on
    tract for self-support
  • State and Assoc. leaders commit funding

Between Meetings
  • ADOM or strategist is contact person
  • Planter cultivates relationship with partners
    increases buy-in of partner congregations to this
    project and planting in general
  • Planter spends to limits of his budget to
    accomplish stated objectives

Session 4
  • From addition to multiplication

Model and honor multiplication
  • Planters who will sponsor other plants
  • Honor sponsors at annual meeting, etc, especially
  • Honor dying churches who sponsor a church and
    then give it their resources once it is

Break Dependence on Money, Buildings, and
Seminary training
  • All of these are good in themselves, but cant be
    turned into a CPM.
  • Broaden planting to new work and include new
    units that are dependent on a mother church as
    well as independent
  • Establish a system to get leaders from the
  • Recruiting calling out the called
  • Training OJT lay Bible classes

Use World Missions to Fuel Local Missions
  • IMB short-term missions journeyman
  • NAMB short-term USC-2
  • Correspond with and host missionaries
  • Take advantage of cross-cultural skills brought
    back by journeymen and missionaries

Push the System into the Local Church
  • See Article

You have been given stewardship
  • Of a region of this earth
  • Over all the people groups who dwell in it
  • To establish the Kindgom
  • Working through local churches
  • Until He returns