Sunday, July 23, 2017
   
Ministries Church Planting
Vision

The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else--not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes--will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.”  - Tim Keller

As Tim Keller has pointed out, we need to focus on the planting of new Churches.  For various reasons, this has fallen off of the radar of many of our people.  “We’ve tried it in the past”, “It’s expensive”, we need to “take care of what little we have”, etc.  We need to get beyond these excuses and find ways to begin new works.  Churches have life cycles, just like human beings, and without new birth, it is just a matter of time for us here in the North East.

Our vision is two-fold.  First, to come alongside existing churches who want to do a mother-daughter plant and assist with prayer, assessment, encouragement, and resources.  Secondly, to develop networks of House Churches in strategic areas and cities.  


Training

We have an ongoing training program with the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development that offers excellent training in how to follow Paul’s model of planting in the early church.  

We will also support training through Exponential and other Planting Boot Camp experiences.

Assessments

In the first 4 years planters who were assessed experienced:

  • 27% larger churches
  • Double the number of conversions
  • Significantly more likely to succeed*

Assessment includes:

  • Spiritual Gifts Assessment
  • Planter profile
  • Personality inventories
  • Spousal and pastoral input
  • Interviews
Development of Plan

Our Long Range Plan would be to strategically plant churches in key cities throughout New England especially targeting the I95 corridor.  Paul’s strategy was to establish Hubs and networks of churches around key cities.  Cities tend to be the place where information is disseminated from as people travel to and from cities for work, study, and commerce.  Rural areas will be reached by the networks as the gospel starts in the city and spreads out. 

We once had churches in many of the major cities in New England but many have closed or moved out to the suburbs.  This will make our goal even more difficult, but not impossible. 


Funding

The Region doesn’t have any funds at this point to invest in Church Planting directly.  We do however have partnerships that may provide access to funds depending on the situation.  We would like to see a fund established for future efforts.


Recommended Reading
The Churches of the First Century    Jeff Reed
Kerygmatic Communities    Jeff Reed 
Funding Spontaneous Expansion    Jeff Reed 
Sifted       Wayne Cordeiro
It's (Not) Personal    Brian & Amy Bloye 
Deliberate Simplicity    Dave Browning 
Starting a House Church    Larry Kreider 
House to House   Larry Kreider 
House Church Networks    Larry Kreider 
Launch    Nelson Searcy 
Ignite    Nelson Searcy 
And: The Gathered and Scattered   Hugh Halter 
The Tangible Kingdom    Hugh Halter 
The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting    Aubrey Malphurs
Planting Growing Churches    Aubrey Malphurs 
Church Unique    Will Mancini 
The Multiplying Church    Bob Roberts Jr. 

* (Ed Stetzer & Phillip Connor: Church Plant Survivability & Health Study)



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