from Tim O'Neill
Interested in planting a church but don’t know whether it’s really for you or next steps about how to go about it?
Well, you’re not alone. Many people asking these questions don’t know where they can turn to get help, or what resources are available to help them on their way.
Having been involved in church planting since I first planted a church 25 years ago, a bunch of us have pooled our experiences and resources to help people interested in church planting, work out whether it’s a good fit for them and what the next steps might be to successfully plant a church that not only reaches people but helps to make disciples like Jesus asked us to.
If you want more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start talking about possible next steps.
Below I’ve provided a brief overview of how we can help prospective church planters:
ESA - Eligibility and Suitability Assessment
Whether a person is suitably wired to be a church planter is critical to their chances of success. Whether they are eligible in terms of ministry experience and character is equally important.
We have developed an assessment process that explores a candidates suitability and eligibility to be a lead church planter. The process will also help to ascertain whether the call to plant you may feel is best expressed as the plant team leader or a team member.
The assessment process may also point to the fact that you could do with some more ministry leadership development or foundational theological education. We can assist in both of these areas either through our Ministry Foundations course (or recommend others to you) or the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) which is an excellent two year ministry leadership development pathway we have developed and use.
The next step for leaders and possible teams is to attend a 4 day boot camp where we will equip you to plant a church as well as unpack key issues and strategies relating to planting. We will also help you to understand what the healthy missional church you plant may look like.
There are many different types of church, just as their are many different kinds of planters and many different contexts to plant in. But there are also some key biblical principles that a healthy church should have in place, irrespective of the model of church that is planted.
We will explore these principles in the Boot Camp and help you begin the planning process to get there.
We are developing a Resource Bank filled with tools, training and helpful resources that will be available for you and your team. Why invent the wheel when you can take and modify resources that are already available?
Financial Kick Start
Having a robust financial strategy in place is critical. Some of the financial resources can be gathered from the planting team, but there are also some grants available for qualifying church plants from a number of sources that are able to provide a kick start. We will help you source grants to give your church the financial kick start it needs.
Ongoing coaching is absolutely essential and it’s something we would insist upon if we were to help you to plant a church. We would normally expect the ongoing coaching to extend over two years.
The coaching covers 5 key areas starting with Personal Coaching which picks up on the findings from the ESA Assessments.
Planning assistance is then provided as part of the ongoing coaching as we will help you to plan what your church plant will look like and how to go about it, as well as developing a written Planting Proposal.
Coaching will then assist with navigating the Practicalities you will face. This will include issues like your legal structure, insurances, working with children and vulnerable people policies, ACNC registration and many other practical issues.
Pre Launch Coaching will then help you to develop a launch strategy, develop your launch team and bring shape to your future church.
After the church has been planted, Post Launch coaching will help you to navigate the issues you will encounter as you lead and grow your church.
So that’s a brief overview of how we can help de-mystify church planting. If you are interested in church planting, we can help you unpack whether or not you are wired to be a church planter and the next steps you can take to turn a vision and calling to plant a church into reality.
If you are interested in church planting but… contact me by emailing me at email@example.com and we can explore whether church planting is for you and possible next steps.
Season's Greeting from us at A2A to you and to yours,
It’s that time of year again when we are all preparing for Christmas. The joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus with family, friends and our churches is blended with the busyness of the season as we prepare for carols, Christmas services, unexpected pastoral needs and whatever else may be happening.
And then for many there’s the chance to have a break, to wind down and reflect on the year that has just passed. It’s also a wonderful time to look to the future.
Personally, I like the change of tempo over January when the world seems to go into slow mode. People are generally in chill mode, on holidays or getting back from them and without packed calendars and stress influenced expectations. I enjoy getting away from the never ending list of things that need to be done and taking time to relax and to ponder; to pray and to dream, to think about the future and to plan and to prepare with renewed energy for the months and year ahead.
I think that there’s probably a strong correlation between the quality of my reflection time in these weeks at the beginning of the year and the quality of what I do through the coming year.
For me this time is a Revelation 4:1,2 time. John saw a door that was open before him and the risen Jesus said to John “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” So John did, and immediately he was in the Spirit, seeing things from God’s perspective rather than from man’s perspective.
God’s perspective will always be one of vision, mission, love and hope. I know that when I see the future through my own eyes I am at times blinded by obstacles and reasons why not, fear of failure and of lack of critical resources, providing a doorway for lack of hope to so easily creep into my spirit.
Open door times like this are precious, but we must be able to position ourselves to see them and like Moses did at the burning bush, to turn aside rather than to keep on going.
My encouragement for you is that over the coming weeks you will be refreshed and that you will take the time to seek the door that is standing open in heaven and take time in the Spirit to see the times ahead through the eyes of Jesus.
2020 A2A National Conference
Can you believe that it’s only just over 4 months to our National Conference?
The 2020 A2A National Conference will be a magnificent time of inspiration, fellowship, envisioning and impartation as we turn the clock back to the book of Acts and then turn the clock forward to today and tomorrow.
Running from 5pm Monday 27 April to Wednesday evening 29 April, we will have experienced practitioner and church consultant John Finkelde running optional afternoon workshops on the Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons that will help you grow a healthy church. John will be focusing on keys for churches that are around 100 in average congregation size.
Added to this we will have a range of amazing speakers from throughout A2A speaking on topics from the book of Acts that are of critical importance to us today.
The conference will be held at Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise. Bookings made before 31 December will receive a discount, so we encourage you not to wait but book now. CLICK HERE
Please encourage people from your church to come along to the Conference and be inspired and impacted.
Emerging Leaders Initiative
We have just seen the first cohorts of young and emerging leaders complete the Advanced Certificate in Leadership by completing the 2 year ELI leadership coaching program and we are thrilled with the feedback.
Congratulations to Mark Ansell and his team for putting on such an amazing program. And of course congratulations to all candidates who are completing the ELI program this year and moving into the next phase where we will seek to see them find their niche as pastors, planters or ministry leaders.
The Advanced Certificate in Leadership is a certificate issued by A2A and is not a certificate accredited by the TEQSA
National Leadership Team Observer
We are delighted to let the movement know that Rebekka Battista has been invited to be an observer at all National Leadership Team Meetings throughout 2020. We see this as an important step both to gain fresh perspectives on the NLT and also to help provide a “next steps” pathway for ELI graduates.
A2A Pastoral Leadership Development Programme
As the new year is soon to begin, just a reminder that A2A offers a high quality, flexible and inexpensive Certificate in Ministry. The A2A Pastoral Leadership Development Program comprises a range of first rate theological subjects offered via distance education, combined with a number of practical workshops.
The A2A Pastoral Leadership Development Program fulfils the educational requirements for ordination as an A2A credential holder.
For more information about the A2A Pastoral Leadership Development Program, contact Dr Andrew Corbett or MORE INFO HERE
The Certificate in Ministry is a certificate issued by A2A and is not a certificate accredited by the TEQSA
We have been encouraged to see the activities in prayer, planning and preparing to plant churches across A2A since the 2019 National Conference. I’d love it if you would contact me with details of what you are planning in this regard and where so that we can look to how we can help you.
We are still in discussions with Australian Christian Services in relation to entering the Redress Scheme through them. ACS have clarified that only those churches that have their insurances with ACS Mutual are eligible to join the Redress Scheme through them. This means that all but 3 A2A churches can join the Redress scheme.
We have been advised that across the board, so far over $400 million has been paid out to 3,500 claims under the Redress Scheme with the average cost of claims being $80k per claim. There are another 2,000 claims in the pipeline. Actuaries have assessed the potential claim total of all Redress claims nationally as likely to be around $9 mil.
Apparently the most common issues are youth pastors who act like they are still part of the youth group and hence give rise to claims as a result of inappropriate actions.
We have until 30 June 2020 to join the scheme. We are currently of the opinion that all A2A churches that are eligible to join this Scheme should do so by this date. Most of our questions are now answered however we are awaiting a response from ACS before we can finalise our position. We envisage that we should be in a position to take next steps early in the new year.
Reminder - Credential Requirements
Just a reminder that there are a number of requirements that all A2A requires of all who have the privilege of holding an A2A credential. These requirements include:
2020 Leaders Together
Leaders Together in 2020 are scheduled to be held as follows:
Feb 13 The Rock, Tas
Feb 18 Gateway. Vic
Feb 20 Our Church, Qld
Feb 22 Coast & Vines, South Aus
Sep 15 Gateway, Vic
Sep 17 Catalyst, Qld
Sep 19 Almond Grove SA
Sep 23 Legana, TAS
Once again the National Leadership Team will be coming to Tasmania for a Retreat on Tuesday 11 Feb and a NLT meeting on Wednesday 12 Feb. We would highly value your prayers that we will discern the Spirit’s leading for the coming year during this time. Please encourage your churches to pray for us for and at this time.
Recent conversations have reminded me of how important it is to develop the helpful habits that will “train ourselves to be godly”.
One lady in the church I lead is relatively new to faith and has had many major challenges through the year. She knew it was going to be a hard year with a rollercoaster of ups and downs and she realised that she needed to be closely connected to God and in community, and so she resolved that she wouldn’t miss a Sunday through 2019, and she hasn’t!
I realy admire her commitment to the life that Jesus offers her and her commitment to the steps she must take to seize hold of it.
An elder in my church this week told me that this year he resolved to journal (SOAP) on scripture every day, and he has without missing a day. This is a mature Christian who has been in the faith as long as I have, and yet he spoke with joy (and probably wonder) about how God has worked in him this year, strengthening and bringing fresh life to his faith.
These are two great habits to encourage throughout your churches as we come into the new year.
I was journalling recently on the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25 and reflected on why the 1 talent person behaved as they did, burying their talent so that it would neither multiply nor be lost. I was struck by the reason the man gave, Matthew 25:25 records the man as saying “So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”
He was driven by fear. Fear kills vision and initiative. Fear causes us to protect what we have rather than see what we have grown and multiplied.
Fear that people will leave, that they wont like us, that we wont have enough resources, that we will make a mistake… Fear comes in so many forms and it always immobilises.
But that’s not God’s plan for us. When we “come up here” we see through the eyes of faith rather than fear. The two don’t easily co-exist. One or the other will generally win and become dominant. Which one is it to be? Faith or fear?
My prayer for all in A2A is that the festive season will be a time of joy and refreshing as we remember that day God placed His feet on this earth and why He came - to seek and save the lost. My prayer is also that as 2020 dawns you will “come up here” and enter a faith filled year where you will see what you have been entrusted with multiplied.
President, A2A (the Acts 2 Alliance)
Invitation from Tim O'Neill.
We are excited to announce plans for the 2020 A2A National Conference to be held at the Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise from Monday 27 April to Wednesday 29 April.
And we are thrilled with what’s planned!
The feedback from the 2019 A2A National Conference was that it was the best Conference yet.
It really was an amazing time with something in it for everyone; amazing teaching, inspiring worship, awesome fellowship combined with some incredible challenges. Many went away from the Conference with the conviction that they had heard from God to spend more time in prayer, to fast, to plant new churches, to…
This year we are convinced that the Spirit is urging us to take a slightly different approach to the Conference and we are believing already that this will be a watershed moment for our movement.
The focus for the 2020 A2A National Conference will be taken straight out of the book of Acts.
We will be departing from tradition here and instead of having guest keynote speakers we will be hearing from a range of anointed speakers from across our movement speaking to us on key topics from Acts where we read about how the Holy Spirit came, filling the believers with passion and power, birthing the first church and Christianity, spreading like wildfire, with new church after new church being pioneered across the known world.
Then on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, well known church consultant John Finkelde will be taking 2 hour hands on optional workshops for pastors and their teams where he will unpack the practical steps leaders need to grow small to medium churches to the next level. These workshops will be invaluable for the pastors and leaders of most of our A2A churches.
The venue will be the Mantra on View, which is in between QT (where we this year’s conference was) and the centre of Surfers Paradise. We are delighted to have found this venue and are confident that it will be the best venue yet for our Conference.
Quality, affordable accomodation is available at Mantra on View for Conference delegates at very reasonable prices that offer a significant saving when compared to this years on site accomodation. Other great options are also available nearby. We also hope to be able secure low cost parking near the venue. If you want to book your room now at Mantra on View, you can do so by CLICKING HERE and then emailing Mantra on View
More information on other options will be on hand as we negotiate deals
Excited for the 2020