CHURCH PLANTING: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

  If you want to grow something to last a season -
       plant flowers.
If you want to grow something to last a lifetime -
      plant trees.
If you want to grow something to last through eternity -
      plant churches.
      -      Anonymous
An experienced group of Congregational Development leaders recently gathered to discuss what we have learned about planting new churches. The result of their work is found in the following pages. Participants included:

Kirk Hadaway, researcher and author; United Church of Christ staff
Sheila Ferguson Diocese of Chicago; Congregational Development
George Martin, church planter and interim minister
John McCann, Diocese of West Missouri; Archdeacon
Victoria Heard, Diocese of Virginia; Missioner for Church Planting
Jenny Vervynck, Diocese of San Diego; Development and Nurturer of Ministries
Charles Fulton, Director of Congregational Development and Episcopal Church Building Fund President
Ben Helmer, Congregational Development Staff

The purpose of entering into church planting is driven by the Great Commission and a passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ that invites people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and others who know him.

What is your purpose in planting churches? Here is a mixed bag of examples:

  • We'll start a church that will never have any conflicts
  • We have ten families that we can't stand who we should be missionaries
  • Keeping up with the diocese of ___________
  • Way to increase income base from assessment
  • Bishop is retiring and needs a legacy
  • Jesus told us to
  • Presiding Bishop says it's a good idea
  • It's the hot thing to do
  • Existing churches have left us a lot of work to do
  • · We have someone who needs something easy to do
  • Feel driven by the Great Commission to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • We care more about people who don't know Jesus than ourselves
  • Knowing Jesus makes people happy
  • People need a faith community
  • Following Jesus who is out there
  • Living the Baptismal Covenant
  • Finding the living Christ in the world in the other, the stranger
  • A church to include our children and our children's children
  • The full Sacramental expression of the Gospel is worth sharing with the world
  • The National Church can't do it
  • That's what a Diocese does when its leadership lives with an Apostolic vision
  • Because research shows more people are brought to Christ through new churches than any other strategy
  • Single greatest changes in the Church have occurred through church planting movements
  • Best way to be in a transformed community is to bring others into transformation
 

 

 CHURCH PLANTING: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED | THE PLANTING PROCESS
NEW CHURCH PLANTING MODELS | HOW TO KILL YOUR CHURCH PLANT

 

SECTIONS OF THIS REPORT

· Church Planting: What Have We Learned
· The Planting Process
· New Church Planting Models
· How to Kill Your Church Plant


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