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.
I'm wrapped that there is currently a resurgence of people around Australia asking how to plant a church that reaches people who don't go to church.
This is an incredibly exciting time with so many men and women both young and not so young wanting to explore new ways of doing church and to discover new ways that they can reach their communities!
The good news is that we will soon be putting on a one day workshop that is available to all prospective church planters, irrespective of movement affiliation, denomination or style. The only thing we want to see in common is a desire to reach our country with the love and good news of Jesus by pioneering new works.
Oscar Muriu who has planted hundreds of churches around the world shared some incredible wisdom at the recent A2A National Conference when he spoke on 9 important keys to effectively planting churches. One of these keys was to plant rabbit churches that can be birthed and multiplied quickly rather than rhino churches that are slow to birth and have a high mortality rate.
Legendary church planter Ralph Moore seeded a rabbit church planting movement in the US where over 2,300 rabbit churches have been planted with some of these rabbits growing to be rhino churches of over 2,000 in size.
Oscar and Ralph aren't saying that small rabbit churches are better, but they are advocates of planting simple rabbit churches that have the potential to become rhino churches.
The good news is that we will be running a 1 day Church Planting Workshop on Saturday 24 August at Our Church in Burleigh Heads, Queensland where we will be unpacking principles and practices that will help equip you to plant rabbit churches that have the potential to become rhino churches.
In the workshop we will be addressing a range of topics that include:
If you are being stirred about the possibility of planting a church, make sure you book your place and come along. And definitely bring prospective team members to help them catch the vision and develop understanding of the steps involved in planting a new church.
Details for the workshop are:
I'm excited that I see many across Australia being stirred at present to consider the call to church plant. If that's you, then this will be an invaluable workshop to help you understand key principles and work out the steps to take to embark on this exciting journey.
If you have questions or want further information, call me on 0419582781 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, A2A (the Acts 2 Alliance)
ps - if you are interested in having a workshop in your region that will help you to discover how you can plant a church, send me an email and we'll see what we can do.