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View GATHERING A LAUNCH TEAM

GATHERING A LAUNCH TEAM FOR A NEW CHURCH FROM PARENT CHURCHES, PARTNER CHURCHES & NETWORKS

A PARENTING CHURCH

 

The preferred way to begin gathering a launch team is to have a strong PARENTING CHURCH.  Often a parenting church and pastor will allow the church planter to begin to gather a launch team from within the parent church.  As the vision for the new church is presented God will begin to gather those who feel a call to this new work.  It’s not unusual for a parent church to tithe from its regular attenders to help the new church plant get off to a good start.  This will certainly allow for a faster start to the new church, provide committed believers to staff key ministry areas, and provide immediate support for the planting pastor.  The assumption may be that the bigger the group that joins the launch team from the parent     church the better, but too large a group (usually over 60 adults) can actually hinder the future growth and may diminish the urgency to engage in evangelism right from the start.  Often a large group coming from another church will also have their own agenda that may not be in harmony with the vision for this new church. Agenda harmony issues will need to be addressed in the launch team meetings.  Like Gideon, you may have to whittle the group down to only those who are indeed called to this new work, rather than the larger group consisting of the curious or disgruntled who may also want to join the launch team of this new church. 

PARTNERING CHURCHES and STRATEGIC NETWORKS

 
It may be possible to have a parent church send out a group to help in growing the launch team of the new church, but in many contexts there may not be a strong parenting church available.  In cases where there is not a parent church it may be possible to develop relationships with a number of partnering churches who may choose to release people, give resources, provide meeting space, or provide some ministry muscle.  The development of partnering church networks allows even the smallest church to be involved in the start of a new church.  Every congregation can be a church-planting church. 

Example: The Covenant recently planted The Compass Covenant Church in East St. Paul, MN with Pastor Terrance Rollerson.  This was in many ways a pioneering work.  There wasn’t a strong parenting church that was sending out Pastor Terrance with the beginnings of a launch team.  He began his launch team development with just his immediate family.  Terrance was very intentional about contacting many Covenant and non-Covenant churches in the area.  He met with the pastors, mission teams, and preached at many of these churches.  As he developed relationships, shared the vision of The Compass, and met with strategic ministry teams, some of these churches were captivated by this new work.  Several of these churches gave permission to their attendees to go with Terrance to plant if they felt God was calling them to be a part of this new work.  Several of these churches also pledged financial support, interim leadership, worship support, and meeting space.  This is in many ways a more time consuming and difficult way to begin a new church, but it also has many advantages.  This form of root development brings people from many different backgrounds, often provides a broader base of support, and may open up strategic ministry partnerships.

For more information go to: Chapter 6 - Roots


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