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View Intro - Chapter Themes and Takeaways

Church Planting Resource Manual

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Intro - Chapter Themes and Takeaways

I.  Connecting with the Biblical and Theological Foundations for Your New Church

-  Grasp the General Information and General Process of planting in the ECC: the first 4 chapters.
o   The Master who sends us to plant and the Gospel He wants us to proclaim in word and deed (The Message and Mission of Jesus)
o   That calls us to the Spiritual work of planting through prayer, brokenness, and spiritual warfare.
o   That sends us into the Mission Field – where the fields are truly ripe unto harvest.
o   Where we share the Gospel through proclamation and compassion.
- Plus the transitional chapter 5 on finding the unique mission and vision for each specific plant.

II. Connecting with the Fundamental Steps in Launching Your New Church – the Four-Stage Launch

-  The 4 stages of a healthy launch

III. Connecting with the Family – Developing local Leaders and a strong connection with the Covenant – to foster on-gong Health and Growth in your New Church

-  The Leadership skills necessary
-  The connection with the Covenant Church planting movement.

And through-out the training:
-  Team Building: build a better sense of team themselves and as they connect with other teams and leaders in the ECC
-  Spiritual/Technical Balance: develop a spiritual balance of call and humility. Seeking to implement best practices while being totally and spiritually dependent on God for a healthy, missional plant.


The Specific Sections and Chapters

I. Connecting with the Biblical and Theological Foundations for Your New Church

Chapter 1: “The Master Planter – The Message and Mission of Jesus” SHORT VERSION
Chapter 1: “The Master Planter – The Message and Mission of Jesus” LONG VERSION

Theme: The Message and Mission of Jesus should be the Message and Mission of every church we plant.
Objective: To be captured by the Message and Mission of Jesus, so the life of each new church flows from that wellspring.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will understand the 5 Messages and Missions of Jesus.
2. You will begin to talk about how your church plant will live out each of the 5 Messages and Missions of the Church.
Graphic: Jesus the Sower

Chapter 2: “Connecting with the Heart of the Master Planter – Spiritual Principles of Brokenness, Prayer, Fasting and Spiritual Warfare”

Theme: Church Planting places you in the spiritual battle for the hearts and lives of people.
Objective: To focus on the Master Planter in prayer as we connect with His Spirit, gain His heart and rely on His power for the church He is calling us to plant.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will learn the need for prayer.
2. You will learn to prioritize prayer.
3. You will learn how to recruit a prayer team.
4. You will learn how to involve the whole church in prayer.
5. You will learn how to seek God’s miracles for your new church.
6. You will learn how to develop good systems for prayer mobilization.
7. Your church will learn how to properly engage in this battle.
Graphic: Prayer for a church planter + Jesus weeping over the world

Chapter 3: “Soil Analysis – The American Mission Field, the Covenant Church Planting Movement, and Why your New Church is Desperately Needed”

Theme: Jesus calls you to plant a Covenant church at a specific place in the American landscape. 
Objective: To understand how to plant in the unique soil where Christ has called you to plant. 
Chapter Goals:
1. You will understand the desperate need for more churches in America
2. You will get acquainted with the reasons for the success of the Covenant Church Planting Movement
3. You will understand the unique needs of the mission field in the metro area Christ calls your team to plant in
You will articulate why God wants this new church in your community
Graphic: The US map

Chapter 4: “The Plow and the Seed Drill – Incarnational Plowing and Attractional Seeding Through CMJ and Evangelism”

Theme: Jesus calls us to impact our mission field with the Gospel – with both evangelism and compassion ministries
Objective: To establish the priority of evangelism in church planting.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will understand both attractional and incarnational evangelism
2. You will begin to plan for at least one method of attractional and one method of incarnational evangelism for your plant
Graphic: The Plow and the Seed Drill

Chapter 5: “Planting the ZERA - Leading to the DNA, Mission and Vision For a New Church”
Chapter 5 supplement: “Leading the Vision”


Theme: Church plants need to be able to articulate the 4 components of a compelling mission/vision for their specific plant.
Note: While the “Message and Mission of Jesus” and the 4 “Als” are foundational to the mission/vision for every new ECC church we plant, we are now planting in more varied soil than ever before – urban, rural, suburban, ethnic, multi-ethnic, emergent, and various sub-cultures in the US – therefore you must also know the unique Zera, DNA, and Mission and Vision so you can keep focused on growing the unique new church that God is calling you to plant.

Objective: To clearly articulate the unique vision/mission for your new church.
Note: Chapter 5 is the transition from the Theological, Spiritual and Missional to making this personal and practical in the Launch process for your new church.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will find the Biblical seed-verse (Zera) or Biblical story for your new church. 
2. You will know the DNA that your church be known for and will be able to replicate this in the hearts and lives of everyone in the new church.
3. You will know your church’s Mission – and will be able to share it in one compelling sentence. 
4. You will be able to articulate a Vision of the fruitful impact your new church will have in the lives of individuals and on your mission field.
5. Your team will be able to test your mission. 
Graphic: The Seed/Zera

II. Connecting with the Fundamental Steps in Launching Your New Church – the Four-Stage Launch
Chapter 6: “Root Development – Finding and Growing your Launch Team”

Theme: You need to build a strong launch team of 30+ people
Objective: After the foundational theological, spiritual, demographic and personal material, we begin the practical stages with Stage One of a Church Plant.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will know how to find and build a strong launch team.
2. You will develop 3-5 key strategies for gathering and building the launch team.
3. You will understand the ideal mix for the Launch Team.
4. You will schedule events for healthy Launch Team development
Graphic: The roots of the seedling

Chapter 7: “Leaf Development – Impacting more Lives (more leaves) through Life-giving Growth”

Theme: How your new church can gather more people on the launch team and impact more people with the Gospel in attractional and incarnational ways.
Objective: To develop a Preview Service where the new church can double the size of the Launch Team and more fully express what it is becoming through public worship and outreach ministries.
Chapter Goals:
1.  You will be able to double your Launch Team in a way that keeps the excitement building and the life-giving growth expanding through adding a special monthly worship experience.
2.  You will understand how to grow healthy ministries for your church plant through large group venues, through your small group venues, and by offering outreach opportunities.
3.  You will schedule a healthy development balance for each month while you’re in this stage – using the W.
4.  You will understand how to expand your ministry teams and leadership base.
Graphic: the leaves of the sapling

Chapter 8: “Branch Development – Becoming a Healthly, Missional Church”
Theme: How to grow strong ministry teams and get ready for a strong launch.
Objective: To help your new church develop more strength and structure through vital ministry teams. 
This allows for more lives to be impacted and for the tree’s branches to prepare to bear fruit without breaking.
Chapter Goals:
1.  You will learn how to strengthen your 5 Key Ministries:
a.  Groups and Structures
b.  Worship
c.  Children’s Ministry
d.  Outreach
e.  Connection/Assimilation
    2.  You will learn how to strengthen gathering and growing prior to Launch.
    3.  You will learn how to develop leadership and volunteers.
Graphic: the branches of the sapling

Chapter 9: “Fruit Development – Launching the Church, Going Public and the Harvest”

Theme: How to Launch as strong as possible. 
“To achieve high orbit, you need to have a good flight plan, a good crew, and good systems—and plan on expending a lot of fuel.” 
Objective:  To learn how to be as Fruitful as a New Church.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will learn how to invite as many guests as possible.
2. You will learn how to make a lasting impression on them when they come.
3. You will be able to test fruitfulness in your new church.
4. You will learn how to follow-up on guests – assimilation and connection.
5. You will proclaim the Gospel through Great Teaching
6. You will plan and schedule a fruitful 3-4 month Launch.
Graphic: the blossoms of the tree

III. Connecting with the Family – Developing local Leaders and a strong connection with the Covenant – to foster on-gong Health and Growth in your New Church

Chapter 10: “Leadership Development – Understanding Spirituality, Chemistry, and Strategy”
Theme: Great church planters grow in their own leadership and develop other leaders as they grow the church.
Objective: To be able to lead the church toward fruitfulness in the harvest.
Chapter Goals:
1. You will learn your Leadership Strength in 3 critical areas
a. You will learn about Growing in Spirituality
b. You will learn about Growing in Chemistry
c. You will learn about Growing in Strategy
2. You will be able to evaluate Gathering, Building and Leadership Development for the first year of your new church.
3. You will learn about the Leadership Growth and developing a Transitional Leadership Team
4. You will learn how to avoid the 4 Pastoral Ministry Corrosion Factors
Graphic: the fruit on the tree

Chapter 11: “Orchard Development – Connecting with the Covenant and Contributing to the Church Planting Movement”
Theme: For true fruitfulness, it’s more that one new tree or one new church, it’s about more churches, a larger orchard, and a movement.
Objective: To Connect with the Covenant and Contribute to the Church Planting Movement
Chapter Goals:
1. You will understand why the Covenant has become a strong church planting movement.
2. You will review the Covenant Agreement and the mutual commitments that result in a strong plant and an increasing movement.
3. You will understand how to organize the Church for mission and ministry.
4. You will understand the process of officially joining the Covenant
Graphic: The orchard

 

Church Planting Resource Manual