Introduction to MissiologyCh.28 – Strategies for Starting Churches
Why Start Churches? It is the NT pattern World population growth exceeds the capacity of existing churches to evangelize and assimilate, even if they were trying Most established churches plateau by the ten-year mark New churches are more flexible and adaptable to new people
Reasons to Start Diversity exceeds the ability of any one church to adapt to all the different kinds of people Easier to win people in their own setting, which means planting a church there New churches are more evangelistically effective New churches inspire the starting of additional churches New churches mobilize a higher percentage of their members for ministry
Principles for Planting Work through existing local churches Do careful study before choosing a target Communicate the message with relevance As seekers become believers, congregate Implement a plan of continual development and growth
Application: How to Involve Churches? Mission committees and sponsorship Volunteers to become a new core group Sacrificial giving for a new congregation Introduce church starting as a core value
Involving Churches (Cont) Hire a planter to plant a daughter church Hive off a significant number of members Become a partner with other churches to plant Convert the church into multiple congregations Develop a satellite congregation of a different style on a different day or place
Application: Target audience Do a demographic analysis – whether near or far Criteria for selection include some or all of The group most like the current congregation The group most open to the gospel The group most unchurched The group like the intended planter
Application: Relevant Communication How does the gospel address the pressing concerns of the target audience? What crises have emerged that provide entry points for service and a message of hope? Obtain answers through prayer-walking, surveys, and friendship building
Application: Congregating Believers Gather converts into home-based small groups Quickly identify and work through potential leaders Develop a time of worship and teaching that involves converts and seekers and reflects their sensibilities of what is proper Extend the ministry though convert-led evangelism and ministry Formalize the new church only after a pattern of multiplication of converts, leaders, and groups is established
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