Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Chicago, March 12-17, 2014

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Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Chicago, March 12-17, 2014

  1. 1. Church Planter Training Intensive March 12-17 2014 Chicago IL
  2. 2. Overview of Week Schedule & Topics Wed Night: Dinner, Intros, & Orientation, then a fun & full week ahead! THU FRI SAT SUN MON S T A R T E A C H D A Y P R O M P T L Y A T 9 : 0 0 A MS T A R T E A C H D A Y P R O M P T L Y A T 9 : 0 0 A MS T A R T E A C H D A Y P R O M P T L Y A T 9 : 0 0 A MS T A R T E A C H D A Y P R O M P T L Y A T 9 : 0 0 A MS T A R T E A C H D A Y P R O M P T L Y A T 9 : 0 0 A M Value: “Devotional” Value: “Biblical” Value: “Missional” Value: “Connectional” Value: All of Them! Why Are We Here?: What Do You Hope to Learn this Week & Our Learning Objectives “Normal & Natural Pathways” for 5 vital church functions Four-Stage Launch Overview: your first twelve months of church planting Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A Check OutWhy Are We Here?: What Do You Hope to Learn this Week & Our Learning Objectives “Normal & Natural Pathways” for 5 vital church functions Four-Stage Launch Overview: your first twelve months of church planting Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A Special Outing: Chapel Service at North Park SeminaryPrayer & Spiritual Warfare Discipleship: making disciples that are maturing in Christ Four-Stage Launch Overview: your first twelve months of church planting Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A Special Outing: Chapel Service at North Park Seminary M I D - M O R N I N G B R E A KM I D - M O R N I N G B R E A KM I D - M O R N I N G B R E A K Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A B R E A K Discovering Your Identity, Creating Culture Evangelism: leading people one step closer to Jesus Stage 1: Launch Team Development Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A Church Multiplication & CommissioningDiscovering Your Identity, Creating Culture Evangelism: leading people one step closer to Jesus Stage 2: Monthly Preview Worship Church Plant Visit: New Community Covenant Church, Pastor David Swanson Followed By... Church Lunch + Q&A: We’ll hang out with the church planting pastor and key leaders for a time of fellowship, sharing, and Q&A Wrap-Up & Send-Off L U N C HL U N C HL U N C HL U N C HL U N C H Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Stewardship: instilling a culture of generosity, sacrifice, & faithfulness Stage 3: Weekly Pre-Launch Worship/ Soft Launch Journaling, Reflection, and Lab Time Rides to Airport Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Stewardship: instilling a culture of generosity, sacrifice, & faithfulness Stage 4: “Grand Opening”/Hard Launch Journaling, Reflection, and Lab Time Rides to Airport Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Fundraising: Enlisting patrons & supporters to advance the mission Stage 4: “Grand Opening”/Hard Launch Time and Task Management Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Fundraising: Enlisting patrons & supporters to advance the mission Launching Large, Launching Healthy Time and Task Management Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! A F T E R N O O N B R E A KA F T E R N O O N B R E A KA F T E R N O O N B R E A KA F T E R N O O N B R E A K Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! Understanding Your Missional Context Leadership: reproduce leaders that effectively lead, serve, & multiply Panel Discussions and Q&A Time Personal Care & Development Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! Individual & Group Lab Time Lab Time & Journaling Lab Time Panel Discussions and Q&A Time Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! D I N N E RD I N N E RD I N N E RD I N N E R Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! Concert of Prayer & Worship Service Surprise Outing! Free Evening Free Evening Travel safe, thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the vibrant church God has called you to plant! THU FRI SAT SUN MON CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 1! ! SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS • Start and Stop on Time • Minimize Electronic Distractions • Fully Participate - Work Hard, Play Hard!
  3. 3. Getting Around Key Locations [ goo.gl/6CdCk4 ] CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 2! ! SCHEDULE & LOCATIONS Chicago O’Hare 10000 W. O'Hare Ave Chicago, IL 60666 www.flychicago.com Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel 9300 Bryn Mawr Ave Rosemont, IL 60018 Covenant Offices 8303 W. Higgins Rd Chicago, IL 60631 covchurch.org New Community Cov. 4434 S. Lake Park Chicago, IL 60653 thenewcom.com/bronzeville
  4. 4. Wednesday Night Intros & Orientation Getting to Know Your Covenant Church Planting Family DCPs (Newest to Most “Seasoned”) 1. Alex Rahill, Great Lakes PT, CP 2. Dave Olson, At-Large PT 3. David Swanson, Central PT, CP 4. Ed Arroyo, Southeast PT, CP 5. Paul Cunningham, Midsouth PT, CP 6. Glenn Peterson, Canada PT, CP 7. Brian Johnson, Midwest PT, CP 8. Jason Condon, East Coast FT 9. Kurt Carlson, North Pacific FT 10. Mike Brown, Northwest FT 11. Wayne Carlson, Pacific Southwest FT 12. Garth Bolinder, Midsouth PT, SU Dept. of Church Growth & Evangelism www.covchurch.org/who-we-are/departments/ church-growth-evangelism • John Teter, Church Planting Team Leader, Devotes part of his time to this national role while remaining on the front-lines as the Church Planter & Lead Pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church - www.folcov.org • “Through starting new congregations, providing resources to strengthen existing congregations, and developing resources for evangelism, the Department of Church Growth and Evangelism seeks to reach more people with the hope of Christ right here in the United States and Canada.” Additional Presenters & Facilitators: • Andrew Mook, East Coast CP Sanctuary Church, Providence RI sanctuaryri.org • Jill Riley, North Pacific CP Navigate Church, Billings MT www.navigatechurch.com • Micah Witham, Northwest CP Awaken Community, St. Paul MN www.awakencommunity.com CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 3! ! WEDNESDAY (OPENING NIGHT) 11 Conferences Comprise the Larger Missional Regions of the Evangelical Covenant Church KEY: PT=Part-time as DCP, FT=Full-time, AS=Assoc. Superintendent, SU=Superintendent, CO=Choach, CP=Church Planter, PS=Pastor/Staff
  5. 5. Our Values: The “Four ALs” Two historic questions early Covenanters asked one another: • Biblical: “Where is it written?” • Devotional: “How goes your walk?” As they formed in the US, they chose the name “Mission Friends”: • Missional: “Are we pursuing Christ’s purposes?” • Connectional: “Are we together in Christian community?” Our Beliefs: Covenant Affirmations www.covchurch.org/who-we-are/beliefs/affirmations 1. We affirm the centrality of the word of God 2. We affirm the necessity of the new birth 3. We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the church 4. We affirm the church as a fellowship of believers 5. We affirm a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit 6. We affirm the reality of freedom in Christ Our Mission: What We Do as the Covenant www.covchurch.org/what-we-do • video: Covenant Mission & Ministry 2013 [vimeo.com/50717463] Five Strategic Priorities 1. Make and Deepen Disciples 2. Start and Strengthen Churches 3. Develop Leaders 4. Love Mercy, Do Justice 5. Serve Globally Table Discussion • Which of these “family characteristics” resonates most with you? • Why is it important to be connected with a larger family of faith? • What are the challenges of not just being “independent”? Staying Connected • Take advantage of the many opportunities for connection, encouragement, and development! • Examples: Fall Pastors Retreat, Midwinter, Conference Annual Meeting, Covenant Annual Meeting, Cohort meetings (in some Conferences), Exponential Conference, and more • Your conference should have an events calendar you can visit (and, even better, possibly subscribe to) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 4! ! WEDNESDAY (OPENING NIGHT)
  6. 6. Thursday 9:00 AM Morning Devotions Scripture: Notes: Review of Previous Night • • • • HIGHLIGHTED COVENANT VALUE: “DEVOTIONAL” “Then he should remember that this is holy business. No careless or casual dealings will suffice. Let him come to God fully determined to be heard. Let him insist that God accept his all, that He take things out of his heart and Himself reign there in power… If he will become drastic enough, he can shorten the time of travail from years to minutes and enter the good land long before his slower brethren who coddle their feelings and insist upon caution in their dealings with God” ~ A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God “Now, with God's help, I shall become myself.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard “The glory of God is a human fully alive” ~ Irenaeus of Lyons, c. 200 AD CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 5! ! THURSDAY
  7. 7. Thursday 9:20 AM Why Are We Here? What Do You Hope to Learn this Week? • • • • • Our Shared Learning Objectives By the end of training, planters will understand and be able to implement: • Four-Stage Launch Process: what it is, why it matters, how to follow and adapt for increasing momentum in planting a healthy, missional, thriving, reproducing Covenant church • Planning Calendar: develop a strategic timeline and detailed planning calendar for the first year that includes the four stages, special events, and key milestones • Normal & Natural Pathways: in this new church, what the normal & natural pathways are to… • Make Disciples that are maturing in Christ • Evangelize People so they come to a transforming faith in Jesus • Reproduce Leaders that effectively lead, serve, and multiply • Instill a Stewardship Culture of generosity, sacrifice, and faithfulness • Multiply Churches that are healthy, missional, and also reproduce • Self-Care Plan: Develop a perspective and plan for self-care and a healthy family life • Others: • • • • • CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 6! ! THURSDAY
  8. 8. Thursday 9:45 AM Prayer & Spiritual Warfare Small Groups • Groups of Three: Share a story of how you have engaged spiritual warfare Corporate Prayer • Practice corporate prayer in groups of 6 using ACTS Intercession • Coach: testimony about how intercession is important and works • write down names of your prayer team and sort into two lists: “intercessors” and “general” • How will you recruit and stay in contact with them? BREAK | 10:30 AM ~ 30 Min “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson “I gird myself today with the power of God: God’s strength to comfort me, God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to lead me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me, God’s angels to save me From the snares of the devil, From the temptations to sin, From all who wish me ill, Both far and near, Alone and with others. May Christ guard me today… I arise today Through the power of the Trinity, Through the faith in the threeness, Through trust in the oneness, Of the Maker of earth, And the Maker of heaven.” ~ from St. Patrick’s Breastplate CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 7! ! THURSDAY
  9. 9. NOTES: CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 8! ! THURSDAY
  10. 10. Sample Prayer Covenant Mike Brown, Northwest Conference DCP The [Church Name] Covenant Church Prayer Covenant We will pray for the [Church Name] Covenant church planting team regularly, remembering their need for: • God’s protection from the evil one. John 17:15 - “I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, but that you should guard them from the evil one.” • God’s direction through His Word. John 17:17-18 - “Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” • God’s provision for all their needs. Philippians 4:19 - “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” • Open doors to share Christ. Revelation 3:7 - “He opens doors, and no one can shut them; he shuts doors, and no one can open them.” • Unity and love for each other. Ephesians 4:1-3 - “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” We will pray for the people in the {City, Town, Neighborhood] area so that they: • Would be released from Satan to follow Jesus as Lord. 2 Corinthians 4:4 “Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them.” • Would give favor to and receive the ______________ Team members. Acts 2:47 “Praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Prayerfully signed, _________________________________________________ [Church Name] Covenant Church Prayer Partner ************* Thank you so much for partnering with us in prayer. People follow Jesus Christ as a direct result of faithful believers talking to God on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Praying the truth of the Bible is our most effective weapon against evil in this world (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Please remember us continually because we know that we will face spiritual warfare. Our prayer partners are the Most Valuable Players on our team. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 9! ! THURSDAY
  11. 11. Developing a Prayer Warrior Network Article by John M. Bailey Church Planting Group North American Mission Board Intro Recently, while reading the first chapters of the book of Acts, I noticed something rather strange. First, I noted that the disciples, while waiting in the upper room, prayed. And prayed. And prayed. In fact, it seems they prayed for days. I noted that Peter preached a very short sermon to the residents of Jerusalem... maybe 15 minutes at best. The result? Three thousand were saved. As I reflected on my own ministry, I noted that I tend to preach a long time, pray little, and see just a few saved. Sound familiar? Through prayer, God greatly multiplies our efforts. As a church planter, there is no greater need than the establishment and communication with a prayer support team. Who? This may not be as easy as you think. Your prayer warriors will need to know specific prayer requests. Some of those requests may be about specific people in your ministry or on your leadership team. I suggest strongly that you enlist individuals to serve on your team who know you personally but who do not live in your area of service. This gives you the freedom to speak openly and honestly without fear of your requests becoming local gossip. I would suggest that you recruit as many people as possible to serve on your team. Start with a minimum of 50 and grow from there. I would also include your sponsoring and partnering churches. As you have opportunities to share your vision for your plant, it is crucial that you carry with you a way to enlist prayer warriors. Even a legal tablet will work as long as you use it. Never stop enlisting prayer warriors! It might not hurt; however, to establish a local prayer network which includes your church members and local pastors. Naturally, you would not include sensitive subjects, but I believe that the creation of this second team will benefit both your plant and those praying for you. It reinforces the importance of prayer and allows them to participate in your ministry. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 10! ! THURSDAY
  12. 12. What? I am a big believer in being very specific with your prayer requests. Asking the Lord to bless the missionaries is wonderful, but blessings come in a variety of forms! Be specific with your requests. I would also make sure that I stay balanced in my requests. Your prayer requests might include the following: 1. Specific requests for you and your family. Be honest about your struggles and needs 2. Prayer for your vision and values. Include updates and be honest about your struggles 3. Prayer for your leadership and financial needs. Be specific 4. Prayer for upcoming events and speaking opportunities 5. Prayer for your strategy. Keep them updated 6. Prayer for the lost by name 7. Prayer for your sponsoring churches 8. Prayer for your mentor or coach 9. Prayer for your vision, that you would see the community as God sees it. 10. Prayer for resources. Be specific about your needs Not only would I send out my prayer requests, I would also send out praises as well. Those praying for you want to know what God is doing in your midst. Testify of His greatness! Don’t forget to send pictures or direct them to a web site where you post pictures. I would also ask them to send to you prayer requests. Pray for them even if they do not send you requests. It would be advantageous to include with each prayer letter a short section on how to improve your prayer life. Coach them in their praying, teaching them how to pray using Scripture. Suggest books on prayer. Not only will this help them in their praying on your behalf, I believe that it will add value to your letter. When? I would send out a newsletter each month unless something urgent comes up. How? There are many ways to send your requests. My personal preference is via email, but would send a minimum of two communications a year via regular mail. I believe that this shows you value their partnership, and could be included with a Christmas or thank you card. There are a number of ways to create your database, just keep it accurate and up-to-date. Resources • Maxwell, John (1996), Partners In Prayer, Thomas Nelson Publishers. • Sanchez, Daniel R. (2002), Church Planting Prayer Strategy, North American Mission Board (visit www.churchplantingvillage.net, click Church Planting Resource Library, scroll down to prayer section) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 11! ! THURSDAY
  13. 13. During our training I remember hearing from a couple church planters who were a year or more ahead of where we were that "you will be broken."  I always thought that meant we would reach a place of burn-out and that we would realize that we could not do this "church thing" in our own power, but through the power of God.  And that is definitely true and we have experienced that variety of physical and/or mental brokenness both individually and corporately at Artisan.  What I did not expect however is a brokenness of heart. Over the past month and a half our Staff, Leadership Team, and church family have been praying and fasting for God's heart and vision for the future.   Specifically, we were asking if we should go to multiple services and multiple venues for our gathered worship.  We expected direction, a firm "yes" or "no" to the question, "Should we go to multiple services."  What we experienced, however, was more akin to the experience of Nehemiah as he heard the report of the state of Jerusalem.  The people in Jerusalem were living in disgrace and shame (Neh 1:3), and up to this point, did not see a way out of their predicament.  Nehemiah, much like our Leadership Team "sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven (Neh 1:4)."  God broke Nehemiah's heart for the people of Jerusalem and he broke ours for our own people. God revealed our failings as a Leadership Team and a church.  We wept and mourned because of our own "functional atheism."  We were acknowledging God exists with our minds, but our actions showed we had little need of Him.  We wept for the hundreds of lives that are in disgrace and shame, many of whom may not even recognize it, and need godly leadership to restore them to a place of honor and glory in God's kingdom.  We wept because of our fear of the unknown and our lack of faith to move us forward.  We wept because we realized that God wants to do incredible things through frail people like us.  And we prayed. Through our prayer we realized that this brokenness and humility is exactly where God wants leadership born from.  Nehemiah started there, Jesus started there as the Creator humbled himself to be baptized by John the Baptist (one of the creation!).  We recognized our need to be continually in prayer.  When Nehemiah faced Sanballat and Tobiah he prayed.  When there was murmuring within the ranks that they were rebuilding the wall, he prayed.  When he cast vision, he prayed.  When the wall was completed, he prayed.  After Jesus was baptized and before he began his public ministry, he spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness fasting and praying.  It is in this continued prayer that God moved us to the place of vision.  God has inspired the Leadership at Artisan to move forward with the plan to begin multiple service times and venues.  The reasons for doing so are a bit different now than they were before we started this journey.  Now we are propelled forward by the brokenness for the things and people that break God's heart.  We realize that our neighbors and the students on the college campuses all around us are in disgrace and shame.  We are moved by the idea that we could pour the grace and love of God through the Holy Spirit into these lives, no matter how short a time they are here (we estimate the average time a person stays at Artisan is two years because many are college students).  We have a vision for raising up the next generation of godly leaders and sending them out to new neighborhoods where they will share the restoration that can only be found in God through His son, Jesus. A friend recently shared a prayer with us.  This prayer is attributed to Sir Francis Drake who wrote one of the most motivational prayers ever written in that it both breaks and inspires the reader at the same time.  The prayer is titled "Disturb Us."  While uncomfortable and, at times, painful, we thank God for our brokenness.  This experience has reaffirmed that it is the foolish (weak/broken) things of this world that God uses to confound the wise (1 Cor 1:27-28).  We are nothing but cracked pots, but we carry an immeasurable treasure "to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (2 Cor 4:7)".  Disturb us, Lord, I pray! Discussion questions for you & your team: 1. Insights and applications from the article? 2. How God is breaking your heart for those who are far from God in your mission field? 3. Discuss ways have you and your can seek God for this church plant CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 12! ! THURSDAY Prayer & Brokenness: Plant After the Plow The Testimony of a Covenant Church Planter Brian E. Haak, Artisan Church Founding Pastoral Team
  14. 14. Thursday 11:00 AM Discovering Your Identity, Creating Culture Branding from the Inside Out Goal: Understand and be able to communicate how the important pieces of the model fit together to bring to life the big God-given vision Groups at Tables: Define the word “Connection” • • What is a Brand? (and what is it not?) • A Brand is not a logo, slick packaging, or a marketing campaign • Branding starts on the inside. It is determined first by a clearly articulated statement of mission, vision and values. Process: • The process starts by clearly articulating Vision, Mission and Values. Answers the Question: “What makes our church unique?” • Vision, Mission and Values are the elemental pieces of Culture in a healthy church. Answers the Question: “Who are we?” “Mission, Vision and Strategy typically focus on products, services or outcomes, but culture is always about people.” ~ Samuel Chand, Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code Vision& Mission& Values& Culture& Marke0ng& Program& Development& Experience& CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 13! ! THURSDAY
  15. 15. Your Zera Verse and Vision, Mission, Values Zera Verse: ( = “seed verse”) Vision: ( = “destination”) Mission: ( = “road map”) Values: ( = “guardrails along highway”) Poster Activity • Write out your vision for the church plant (even if it’s still really rough) • Give and Receive Feedback from other church planters Mission • What are the markers to help you know you’re moving toward vision? • • Values • Interactive Exercise • Critique 3-5 other planters vision, mission, values • EXAMPLE: CITADEL OF FAITH, DETROIT MI www.citadeloffaith.org Zera Verse: “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:13-16) Vision: A church where hurting people from all races can find answers from God's Word.  Where we can be God's light as we serve the community, connect with individuals, and see God's power transform communities and the world. Mission: Mission statement: “Change Starts Here” Annual actions based on these elements Values: Reverence God, Reach People, Raise Disciples, Release Leaders CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 14! ! THURSDAY
  16. 16. Culture What creates culture? • Culture is the “personality” of the church Dreaming Exercise: Letter from the Future • On the next page, write a letter back to Your Church, assuming you are now living in the year 2018 • Describe what the church and its ministries are like five years from today. Describe your dream of what the church has become. Be specific. Take 10 minutes Define the culture you wish to create. Ask questions like: • Who will be the heroes? • What stories will be told? • What will be the meaningful rituals? • Who will get rewarded and why? • Who will the real power brokers be? • Where will the control rest? (Excerpted from: Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code by Samuel Chand) In Pairs • Share one story of the culture you hope to create, or are seeing birthed in this new church. LUNCH | 12:30 PM Lunchtime Presentation and Q&A: Covenant World Mission www.covchurch.org/mission “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch.” ~ Dick Clark, CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals “Culture–not vision or strategy– is the most powerful factor in any organization.” ~ Samuel Chand, Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code Vision& Mission& Values& Culture& Marke0ng& Program& Development& Experience& CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 15! ! THURSDAY
  17. 17. Dear Church, Older & Wiser, Future Me (2019) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 16! ! THURSDAY
  18. 18. Thursday 1:30 PM Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Process continued: • The culture of the church should determine Program Development (programs, staffing, resourcing, etc.) and Marketing (how you communicate the church) • Application Questions • How will you incarnate your culture? • What will you need in terms of staffing, resources, and budgeting to live out your key ministries? Experience • Your Brand is the sum of all Experiences anyone and everyone has with your church • What can you do to create a positive experience for those who will attend your church? • The programs, resourcing, staffing and marketing should inform the Experience people have at your church Answers the Question: “What is the reality in our church?” • The culture should inform the experience and experience should reinforce the culture Vision& Mission& Values& Culture& Marke0ng& Program& Development& Experience& CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 17! ! THURSDAY
  19. 19. Poster Activity (in groups) • Structure: Make list of structure necessary to live into culture: • What? • Who? • Where? • Experience: What things influence how people will experience your church? On Your Own • Communicate: How will you communicate your church? (Story as the glue) Discussion (in groups) • What words do people use to describe your church or what words would you use to describe the church you hope to plant? • How will you communicate the stories inside and outside your church Action Steps (stats and measuring progress) • create task list and timeline for next couple of months, include who will be accountable and by what time frame BREAK | 3:00 PM ~ 30 Min CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 18! ! THURSDAY
  20. 20. Thursday 3:30 PM Understanding Your Missional Context MissionInSite www.missioninsite.com • Share with someone who is planting in a similar missional context • what do you see? • what one need will you meet in Jesus’ Name? • what will your church do? • Add to your Ministry Calendar (monthly or quarterly) Rapid Community Assessment www.davidwmills.com/resources a tool to help you survey your community to find a Strategic Match: • fit between the gifts and calling of God • unique to our congregation or team • relevant to the critical needs in our community “An essential part of the ordination exam ought to be a passage from some recognized theological work set for translation into vulgar English—just like doing Latin prose. Failure on this part should mean failure on the whole exam. It is absolutely disgraceful that we expect missionaries to the Bantus to learn Bantu, but never ask whether our missionaries to the Americans or English can speak American or English. Any fool can write learned language: the vernacular is the real test. If you can’t turn your faith into it, then either you don’t understand it or don’t believe it.” ~ C.S. Lewis CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 19! ! THURSDAY
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  22. 22. Thursday 4:00 PM Afternoon Lab Time Individual work on Zera Verse, and Vision, Mission, Values • Group Presentations & Critique Color Dot "Votes" Red = Nope. (weak, missed the mark) Yellow = Maybe? (vague, needs clarity) Green = Yes! (I get it and it speaks to me) Post-It Notes:  • write brief helpful suggestions • slap on giant sheets near the related item EXAMPLE: ARTISAN CHURCH, ROCHESTER NY www.artisanchurch.com Zera Verse: “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance to be our way of life.” – The Apostle Paul (Ephesians 2:10) Vision: “encounter God, embrace people, engage culture, in the Way of Jesus.” Values: Awe, Beauty, Roots, Community, Justice Mission: 3 Circles: Worship, Guilds, Groups. Ministry Calendar: strategic rhythms of outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and deployment; Quarterly Members “Gallery”; etc. (www.artisanchurch.com/about) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 21! ! THURSDAY
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  24. 24. Thursday 5:45 PM Teach-Back & Debrief of Day • • • • DINNER | 6:00 PM After Dinner Concert of Prayer & Worship Service (then free evening afterwards) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 23! ! THURSDAY
  25. 25. Friday 9:00 AM Morning Devotions Scripture: Notes: Review of Previous Day • • • • HIGHLIGHTED COVENANT VALUE: “BIBLICAL” “Where is it written?” (faithful question early Covenanters asked one another) “We affirm the centrality of the word of God. We believe the Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. The dynamic, transforming power of the word of God directs the church and the life of each Christian. This reliance on the Bible leads us to affirm both men and women as ordained ministers and at every level of leadership. It is the reason we pursue ethnic diversity in our church and is the inspiration for every act of compassion, mercy, and justice.” ~ from the Covenant Affirmations CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 24! ! FRIDAY
  26. 26. Friday 9:20 AM Normal & Natural Pathways 5 vital functions of a healthy missional church • “Normal” - ordinary; the consistent, regular way something happens (though God can surprise!) • “Natural” - indigenous; fitting the particular church plant’s vision, values, and missional setting (though the supernatural trumps everything!) Five Vital Functions 1. Make Disciples that are maturing in Christ 2. Evangelize People so they come to a transforming faith in Jesus 3. Reproduce Leaders that effectively lead, serve, and multiply 4. Instill a Stewardship Culture of generosity, sacrifice, & faithfulness 5. Multiply Churches that are healthy, missional, and reproduce (full document on next page or at: www.bit.ly/normalnaturalpathways) Example: “Our Stewardship ‘Normal & Natural Pathway’ includes… ” • Financial Peace University 2x/year, completion is a Membership/Leadership/Staff requirement • Messages: one quarterly message and one yearly series on financial discipleship and stewardship • Worship Service: Receive Tithes & Offering near end of service • each week: brief testimony of life-change locally, regionally, or globally • each time: clear explanation connecting with church’s mission and vision, include instructions on Info Card, which will also be collected in offering • pass basket with enclosed top with fabric slit, also provide locked dropbox at back of sanctuary for those who need more time with offering and info cards • Online Giving & Giving Kiosk: attractive, easy to use, integrated into website & enews • Transparent Communication: bulletin/enews lists monthly budget need, weekly-to-date giving, remaining need, worship attendance, # of people giving that week (adjusted for families) Table Read & Discussion: • Instructions • using full list on next page, go around your table, each person reading one of the 5 Vital Functions • always start with “In this new church, what are the ‘Normal & Natural Pathways’ to…”, read the vital function, then continue reading the bullet points listed immediately below • take turns until all 5 Vital Functions are read • Questions: Each person share… • Which one of these will be easiest for you? • Which one will be the most challenging? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 25! ! FRIDAY
  27. 27. Normal & Natural Pathways Critical Questions for New Church Development The following five questions will help you think strategically about what you hope to accomplish in the lives of people as a result of your ministry. Take time to pray as you work through these questions. In this new church, what are the “Normal & Natural Pathways” to… 1. Make Disciples that are maturing in Christ • What will the disciple making process look like in this new church? • What are the characteristics of a Christ-follower that you want to see produced in people who are a part of your new church? 2. Evangelize People so they come to a transforming faith in Jesus • What kinds of experiences do people need in order to become fully-devoted followers of Christ? • How will you use training events, small groups, mentoring, worship, etc. as part of an overall strategy? • For a call to decision, will you use “altar calls”, have people raise their hands, mark an info card, visit a special area in the worship space for prayer, resources, and follow-up, write their name on a “decision wall”, or some other tangible response? 3. Reproduce Leaders that effectively lead, serve, and multiply • What leadership gifts and skills do you possess and how do they relate to your vision for training for training up new leaders? How will you augment your skills and gifting? • What specific kinds of experiences (training, mentoring, coaching) do you need to have to become the pastor/leader you desire to be? What do your leaders and potential leaders need? • How will leaders be encouraged & trained in your church? What kind gifts or skill sets are needed? 4. Instill a Stewardship Culture of generosity, sacrifice, and faithfulness • How will you cast vision from the beginning for being generous, sacrificial, and joyful stewards? • How will you present and practically handle tithes & offerings during worship? • How will you address issues of stewardship in preaching, including targeted message series? • What practical methods will you use to help people in their giving? (passing a basket, drop-box, online giving, giving kiosk, etc.) What systems will you put in place for handling money well? 5. Multiply Churches that are healthy, missional, and also reproduce • How will you cast vision from the beginning for being a church-planting church? • What cultural values and strategic components need to be in place to Parent a new church or Partner with other churches in planting your first church by the end of your first 3 years? After you’ve reflected on these questions and outlined your initial thoughts, talk about them with your Coach. Work on specific plans to implement your ideas and incorporate them into the life of the church Original doc also available at: www.bit.ly/normalnaturalpathways CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 26! ! FRIDAY
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  30. 30. Friday 9:50 AM Discipleship Making disciples that mature in Christ Activity #1: “Would you rather…” questionnaire on next page Instructions: • Form two equal lines of people. Lines should face each other. • Each person asks the person directly opposite them one “would you rather” question, then switches • Allow only 30 seconds for each set of questions. • Then one row moves one person to their right, having the end person move to the head of the row • This should be quick, rapid fire and fun. Keep asking questions until you want to be done and have everybody focus on the next question, with the person directly opposite them. • Assign each line opposite sides of the of the following quote, and then have them debate their “position”: “Knowing God is more important than knowing about God.” ~ Karl Rahner (Participants should use personal experience, scripture and tradition to support their opinion. Which is the most important side of the issue to focus on when talking about discipleship?) Introduction: What is the “form” or mental image that is most natural to you for discipleship in the life of the church? “O, Begin! Fix some part of every day for private exercises… Whether you like it or no, read and pray daily. It is for your life; there is no other way: else you will be a trifler all your days… Do justice to your own soul; give it time and means to grow. Do not starve yourself any longer.” ~ John Wesley Definition • Goal/Content of discipleship: Philippians 1:9-11 • What is our role? What is God’s role?: John 4:39-31 • Different viewpoints of discipleship: REVIEW: What was your “AHA” moment here? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 29! ! FRIDAY
  31. 31. “Would you rather . . .” 1. Be 4'1or7'9"? 2. Live without music or live without T.V.? 3. Be called a racist or a traitor to your country? 4. Lose your legs or lose your arms? 5. Have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car? 6. Be blind or deaf? 7. Live in Antarctica or Death Valley? 8. Eat sushi or liver? 9. Meet the president of the U.S. or Billy Graham? 10. Find true love or 1 million dollars? 11. Always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again? 12. Be gossiped about or never talked about at all? 13. Have stars in your eyes or eyes in the back of your head? 14. Have x-ray vision or bionic hearing? 15. Be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say? 16. End hunger or hatred? 17. Publish your diary or make a movie on your most embarrassing moment? 18. Be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate? 19. Get even or get over it? 20. Always lose or never play? 21. Know it all or have it all? 22. Always get first dibs or the last laugh? 23. Have sand in your shorts or water in your ear? 24. Own a ski lodge or a surf camp? 25. Forget who you were or who everyone else was? 26. Have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years? 27. Overthrow a dictatorship or lead one? 28. Write the worst book in history or record the worst song in history? 29. Be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? 30. Have a big group of friends or one very close friend? 31. Not be able to talk or hear for one day? 32. Spend the day surfing the internet or the ocean? 33. Be an actress/actor in a big movie or the director? 34. Have an ugly, loyal dog or a prize- winning, snobby cat? 35. Be a professional baseball player or a champion horse breeder? 36. Go to an amusement park or to a family reunion? 37. Be rich with an unhappy job or make less money with a job you like? 38. Not be able to use your phone or your e- mail? 39. Snowboard in the winter or swim in the summer? 40. Be forgotten or hatefully remembered? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 30! ! FRIDAY
  32. 32. Content/Form | Activity #2: Triads Part 1 Break into groups of 3. • Chose either a culture group or an age level group from the grid and prepare a discipleship culture that would fit that group • Use the grid as your template and be prepared to give detailed explanation for each of your choices. • Make sure every member of the group can adequately explain each of the choices on the grid YOUR CULTURE GROUP TYPE MEETING LOCATION CYCLE MATERIALS TEACHING STYLE GROUP FORMATION PEOPLE GROUP Urban High population density 1-1 Church Group Defined Video Self taught Self Select Children Rural Located outside of cities and towns Small (3-8) Home(s) 1 month Bible Only Directive Assigned Students Suburban Residential area, commuting distance to city Large (9-35) Nomadic 3 months Purchased Inspired Young Adult Tribal Society organized on basis of kinship Congrega- tional “Coffee Shop” 1 Year Church Produced Adult Part 2 Label each member of your group A, B or C • 1st Step: All member A’s move one group clockwise. The two members of the original group will explain their discipleship culture to the new member A. Member A should look at the presented discipleship culture through the eyes of a new believer and ask questions accordingly • 2nd Step: All member B’s move one group counterclockwise and repeat the 1st step. Member B’s should look at the presented discipleship culture through the eyes of a Pastor • 3rd Step: All member C’s report to whole group on their original group’s plan • What worked? What didn’t work? What challenges did you face? • What new insight did the new A’s and B’s bring to their original plan Covenant Resources: www.covchurch.org/resources/category/discipleship CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 31! ! FRIDAY
  33. 33. What are the challenges or most apparent questions in this project? REVIEW: What was your “AHA” moment here? Evaluate • How do we know that discipleship works? • How do we measure effectiveness? • What does the rearview mirror say? REVIEW: What was your “AHA” moment here? BREAK | 10:45 AM ~ 30 Min CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 32! ! FRIDAY
  34. 34. Friday 11:15 AM Evangelism Leading people one step closer to Jesus www.covchurch.org/evangelism The “72” vision is based on these ideas: 1. God is already at work in evangelism therefore we must engage the mission 2. Communication training to move relationships from secular to sacred 3. Every ECC member becomes really good at telling the story of Jesus 4. Training resources developed in the field that are simple to use 5. Pastoral leadership anchors evangelism into the annual calendar 6. We use the evangelism gift effectively at harvest events 7. Follow-up to give new disciples strong foundations in the local church ASK the Lord of the Harvest… Every Pastor Guides the Mission Every Christian Tells the Story Related Downloads: Videos • Welcome & Intro to 72: covchurch.tv/72-welcome-video • Evangelism in the Church Calendar: covchurch.tv/church-calendar     Docs • Planning Calendar: covchurch.org/resources/files/ 2012/01/72-church-calendar.pdf • Evangelism and the Fruitful Pulpit: covchurch.org/resources/files/2012/01/ 72-leadership-fruitful-pulpit.pdf In Pairs: How did God get your attention and draw you to Christ? “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou “Bring to Me all humankind, especially all sinners… All devout and faithful souls… those who do not believe in God, and those who do not yet know Me … and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.” ~ from the Novena to the Divine Mercy CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 33! ! FRIDAY
  35. 35. Prayer And Evangelism in Word • Individually: Write down 5-15 people you are praying to come to Christ in your new church • In Pairs: • Share about one of the people you’re praying for and how you may share God's love with them • Talk about how you could have at least 2 evangelistic conversations with people each week • Close by praying for each other Evangelism in Deed • Group of 2-4: Find others who are planting in a similar context (e.g. urban, suburban, ethnic…) • Each person share about 1 community need that your church can meet and brainstorm ideas of how your new church can meet this need with the Gospel Evangelism and the Church Calendar • Take out the “Evangelism and the Church Calendar” doc from Appendix (or download from link) • Plan specific things you'll do in your first 12 months and list these on a rough planning calendar. • With Coach or Partner: Share and talk about how it can be strengthened even more. Fruitful & Faithful Metrics Why it’s vital to track conversions, recommitments, deployments, and more Tools • www.ChurchMetrics.com • Monthly Church Planter Report • Church Management Systems (ChMS), examples: • Church Community Builder (churchcommunitybuilder.com/church-plants) • The City (www.onthecity.org) • FellowshipOne (www.fellowshipone.com) LUNCH | 12:30 PM Lunchtime Presentation and Q&A: Covenant Communications www.covchurch.org/who-we-are/departments/communication CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 34! ! FRIDAY
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  37. 37. Friday 1:30 PM Stewardship Instilling a culture of generosity, sacrifice, & faithfulness Table Discussion: What are some clichés we hear about the Church and Pastoring in relation to Money? On Your Own: Letter grade for yourself in these areas: • ____ : personal theology and practice of financial discipleship in your own and your family’s life • ____ : preaching & teaching on financial discipleship • ____ : financial systems and procedures in church • ____ : one-on-one counseling and soul-care for financial discipleship (think of how you do this with individuals in areas such as ministry placement, struggles, relationship issues, etc.) • ____ : fundraising and resource development beyond regular tithes and offerings In Pairs: Each share one you’re really good at and why you think that’s so… then share one you’re really bad at :) Top 3 Reasons People Give * 1. A Belief in the Mission (people want to make a difference, help to change lives) 2. Regard for Staff Leadership (giving is a often an issue of trust, respect, and inspiration) 3. Fiscal Stability of the Institution (people do not want to waste their investment) 3-Person Discussion: • What do you think of these reasons? • If you’ve had experience in non-profit world outside the church, how do the two worlds compare? • What has been your experience in your church planting project with these reasons? Any insights? * Ideas and highlights on these next two pages adapted from Not Your Parents' Offering Plate, J. Clif Christopher. Highly recommended. Comprehensive outline and notes, definitely read: bit.ly/notyourparentsofferingplatenotes “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” ~ Paul (2 Corinthians 9:6-9) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 36! ! FRIDAY
  38. 38. The Three Pockets of Giving The Earned-Income Pocket (regular personal income) • Church often does a decent job of encouraging people to consider this “pocket” through offering during worship, sermons, courses • Churches are the envy of the nonprofit world when it comes to the earned-income pocket • Problem: we try to meet too many of our needs out of this pocket and leave out the other two… The Capital Pocket (accumulated wealth) • This is the pocket that stores our accumulated resources such as stocks, bonds, pieces of property, insurance policies, savings accounts, and inheritances we may have received and put away The Estate Pocket (what we leave behind) • Religion receives almost 33 percent of all charitable donations in America, however only 8 percent of all the estate gifts in America, and the ones it gets are much smaller than the gifts to other causes. • Why? We do not ASK for it. • Less than 10 percent of all the churches in the United States market for planned gifts. • The vast majority of clergy never speaks about it or teaches about this responsibility • “In so many ways, planned gifts are the easiest, not the hardest, funds to raise for your church, because someone else will do 90 percent of all the work for you.” (e.g. www.covenanttrust.com) 3-Person Discussion: • What do you think of these “three pockets”? • How do they relate, show up, or not even seem to fit in your context? • If you’ve had experience in non-profit world outside the church, how do the two worlds compare? • How would you grade your church plant project with engaging each of these “pockets”? • How much detailed information should a pastor know about giving in the church? (read the book or outline and notes for a challenging perspective, excerpt below) Controversial Issues: What happens when a pastor does not know people’s Giving? • “when choosing leadership, pastor often selects people whom he or she perceives to be good leaders and stewards, but they may just have big mouths…frequently seen finance committees where the chair and the majority of participants were nowhere close to leading the way in giving.” • “prevents the pastor from ever extending a personal thank-you to those who may have given generously… we are competing with one million nonprofits, all of whom readily thank their donors.” • “most important, it denies the pastor insight into what is happening within a person's soul.” 3-Person Discussion: • What are your thoughts on the author’s perspective? • What would you add or subtract? • If you’re comfortable sharing, what is your (planned) practice at your church and why? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 37! ! FRIDAY
  39. 39. Excerpt from “The Top Ten Things I Would Do Now” (from the author, J. Clif Christopher) 1. Pray, Study, and Get My Act Together First 2. Build a High-Expectation Culture 3. Have Weekly Testimonies (best: during worship, immediately before offering; next best: newsletter) 4. Have Regular, Ongoing Christian Financial Planning Classes (e.g. www.daveramsey.com/fpu) 5. Preach Directly on Money Four Times a Year. Recommendation: • first Sundays in January, which is the time when people are rethinking priorities for the year • once during Lent (season before Easter) • once in the Summer • once in mid-November as persons are thinking about Thanksgiving […]* 8. Write Ten Thank-You Notes a Week • As a part of the ten, you can count any thank-you note you send to someone who has just made an extraordinary gift to the church • Advise the treasurer that you want to be notified no later than Monday morning of any gift that was out of the ordinary so you can personally thank the giver in a letter and later in person 9. Review Individual Giving Once a Month • We have very few insights into the hearts of people. Giving is the closest thing we have on a daily basis to getting a true picture of a person’s character • can also help evaluate ministry programming […]* * Read the rest: detailed outline & notes at www.bit.ly/notyourparentsofferingplatenotes Covenant “Mission Giving” as Whole Church Stewardship • Written into each Church Planter Covenant Agreement is the expectation and requirement that each church plant practices the discipline of “tithes and offerings” through their 15% Mission Giving • Recent History: 10% Covenant + 5% Conference (with other potential variations) Half of the Covenant amount can also be directed toward a Covenant Missionary of your choice • Great opportunity for vision-casting and to lead by example (for instance, Highrock Brookline monthly has a leader introduce the offering, also explaining their commitment to the shared mission of the Covenant, first check placed in the offering is the church’s Covenant Mission Giving) Practical Application Write down one thing for each timeframe that you can do: • Next Sunday: • Next Month: • By the New Year: • Next Year: What resources do you need to increase likelihood that these are actually accomplished?: • • CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 38! ! FRIDAY
  40. 40. Stewardship & Financial Discipleship Ideas and Resources Covenant Resources: www.covchurch.org/resources/category/stewardship Tithes, Offerings, and Planned Giving • Christmas Offering for a special ministry emphasis or new initiative (inside or outside the church) • Offering Time during Worship: evaluate how your frame this time, the actual way it’s received. Is it unclear or unhelpful? Are there any barriers to appropriate participation? • Invite Covenant Trust to work with you and your people (free service) Good Systems • Set up Online Giving: Church Management Systems online software offer modules; research • Quick Books Online, ChMS, & Book-Keeping Service: (Northwest, Great Lakes, and the East Coast Conferences all offer these for the start up phase of a church plant, ask your DCP) Preaching & Teaching • Launch Team: stewardship bible study or message series before you fully launch • Plan Stewardship Series: example: www.artisanchurch.com/series/money_mavericks [Support Materials: 1) Pre-Series Survey, 2) Simple Budget Form, 3) “Try the Tithe” form] • Incorporate “money message” as part of larger series: example: Life 2.0 Series: “Money 2.0” • Ongoing Discipleship: Regularly offer stewardship courses such as Financial Peace University Communication: • Clearly communicate vision, make it “normal & natural” to engage stewardship • Simple communication pieces: search for “bulletin” at bit.ly/marketingmaterials for example • Quarterly Members and Friends Gatherings: example: “The Gallery” at Artisan Church • Simple format: potluck dinner, celebrate and honor particular servants and volunteers, debrief recent ministry efforts, highlight finances, discuss future plans, cast vision • www.slideshare.net/jasoncondon/the-gallery-at-artisan-church-080509 When is a “Money Problem” not (just) a “Money Problem”? Don’t assume “money” is the issue: Capacity issue? Outreach issue? Generosity issue? Systems? Vision? • Rough Math: Ave. Monthly Offering ÷ Ave. Monthly Worship Attendance = Ave. Giving per Person • Example: $10,000 ÷ 100 people = $100/person/month ($120k Annual Budget) But what if Monthly Budget Need is $12,000 to accomplish Mission? ($144k Annual Budget) • Increase Giving $20 more per person : 100 people × $120 = $12,000 • OR Grow by 20 more people : 120 people × $100 = $12,000 [hint, this is usually the easier one] • OR Cut Budget by $2,000/mo (e.g. fire part-time worship leader, go part-time, downgrade rental space… yes, those are the actual choices you will face) www.LifeChurch.tv at open.lifechurch.tv (give away all their resources for FREE) • Strapped - recent finance series • Money Matters - small group video sessions • YouVersion bible reading plans: Debt: A Biblical Exploration; Undying Commitment: A 14-day study in Stewardship; Money Matters; • Kids & Students Series: Money Street & Wasted CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 39! ! FRIDAY
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  42. 42. Friday 2:00 PM Fundraising Enlisting patrons & supporters to advance the mission Fund Development 1. Clarify the Vision: • Create a vision statement • Determine what the “win” looks like • Create dynamic presentation materials 2. Set a Realistic Goal • (See worksheet at the end of this document) 3. Create an Initial List of Contacts 4. Pray over the list 5. Set up initial meetings with potential donors • Start with large gift donors • Host group gatherings of other potential donors • Host “Meet the Church Planter’s” gatherings for potential donors 6. Prepare a presentation • Heavy on vision (people give to vision, not to need) • Not overly technical or detailed • Be enthusiastic and zealous 7. Meet and ask donors to prayerfully consider a gift • Resist the urge to take a gift at that first meeting, it will almost always be smaller than if you are patient. • Clearly define the ask • Offer only one option in the ask (don’t give a list of choices, after all you are there to ask for money) 8. Set a time to follow up and answer any questions 9. Make the ask, and be specific. (ASK BIG!!!) “In every nonprofit with which I have ever worked, at the top of the job description for their executive director is fund-raiser… whoever is perceived to be in charge must be the number one vision caster and fund- raiser for that vision. All nonprofits know this except the church.” ~ J. Clif Christopher CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 41! ! FRIDAY
  43. 43. 10. Provide cards, envelopes, or electronic giving tools as a reminder, especially if the gift is to be made in installments 11. Create and send out regular newsletters sharing progress and answered prayer • Always give God the glory • Use a consistent medium to communicate 12. Create a fund raising letter and donor list for those who might give small gifts 13. Celebrate and thank those who give in an appropriate way 14. Network other potential donors 15. Create a church support opportunity NOTES: CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 42! ! FRIDAY
  44. 44. Fundraising Data & Rules Of Thumb 1. $240 billion was given to NPO’s in 2003 • 85% was given by individuals (living & bequest) according to “Giving USA – 2004” pub by the American Association of Fundraising Council • 80%+ was given to religious organizations 2. 20% of the individual donors give 80% of the gifts • The other 80% give the other 20% • (actually 30% give the other 20% and 50% give next-to-nothing) 3. “Rule of Thirds” • 10 donors account for the first 3rd of funds raised • Next 100 account for the next 3rd raised • All the remaining donors account for the final 3rd 4. Rule of Thumb: • “donors in the lowest income levels give the highest % of their income • donors in the highest income levels give the lowest % of their income.” 5. For every $1 a person gives through the mail • They will give $10 over the phone • And $100 in person • On-line Giving - While still small, is the fastest growing area of giving. On average, people give 20% more than what they’d give by mail when people have an opportunity to plan, they always give more 6. Have an advisory committee • The chair should be able to give generously and ask others to do the same • Ask board members to give and to give names of others who could give • Give feedback to the plan and process 7. Sort potential donors by 3 types: • Suspects: have not given in the past bur are thought to have the ability if interested and involved For every 3 suspects, you’ll find one good prospect • Prospects: have given in the past but not at the major gift level. For every 3-4 suspects, you’ll find one major gift • Leads: have given a major gift in the past and have the ability to repeat 8. Understand the “Life Cycle of Donors” • Age 25-50 – participate in annual gifts • Age 50-70 – participate in major gifts • Age 70+ -- participate in planned gifts CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 43! ! FRIDAY
  45. 45. 9. Fundraising Plan – Documents: • Mission Statement • Vision Statement • Long-Range Plan • Case Statement – why this mission merits donor support • Fund-raising Plan for 1-3 years • Ethics statement 10. How to talk with potential donors: • LISTEN – to their story, ask open-ended questions, listen to their passions and interests… - Relationship building should be 75% of your time with them - Build trust • Communicate – give correct information and let them know how they will stay informed about their giving and the impact of their gift • Engage them - have them visit to see and experience who and what they’re investing in • Set up an appointment by saying: - “I’d like to visit with you about your level of involvement with our organization… - I’m available at ____ and ______ on [day] – would one of those times work for you?” • Invite them to special events (all the better if it’s directly related to what they’re investing in) • Thank them frequently (and in various appropriate ways) • Plan – what next steps need to be taken with them • ASK - after determining their interest in your mission, engaging them in what they’ll be investing in, building a personal relationship, and determining what they’d be able to give, be specific and - Ask: “Would you be willing to give a gift to planting a new church at the $10,000 level?” • After you ask, BE SILENT and let them speak next… (Whoever speaks next, loses) 11. Reasons for Failure in Fund Raising (Public Management Institute, 1978) • Not asking for the gift • Not asking for a large enough gift • Not listening – talking too much • Not asking questions • Talking about the organization and its approach rather than about the benefits to its clients • Not being flexible, and not having alternative to offer the prospect • Not knowing the prospect before the solicitation • Forgetting to summarize before moving on • Not having prearranged signals between solicitation team members • Asking for the gift too soon • Speaking rather than remaining silent after asking for the gift • Settling on the first offer that a prospect suggests, even if it’s lower than expected • Not cultivating the donor before soliciting • Not sending out trained solicitors CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 44! ! FRIDAY
  46. 46. NOTES: BREAK | 3:00 PM ~ 30 Min CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 45! ! FRIDAY
  47. 47. Friday 3:30 PM Leadership Reproducing leaders that effectively lead, serve, and multiply 2-2-2 Principle* (from 2 Tim. 2:2) 1. 1st Generation: Paul → Timothy 2. 2nd Gen: Timothy → “Reliable People” 3. 3rd Gen: “Reliable People” → “Others” 4. 4th Gen: “Others” → ... Recognizing Potential Apprentices The Must-Haves: • Spiritual Velocity (what’s their movement/direction, not just position in relation to Jesus?) • Teachability (are they open to being developed and sharpened?) • Relational Intelligence (do they get people, and do people like them?) The Bonuses: • Missional (are they willing to sacrifice for God’s mission?) • Discerning (can they wisely discern things in people and situations?) • Inclusive (do they love to bring people alongside them?) • Biblically Knowledgeable (do they have a strong grasp on God’s Word?) 5 Steps of Leadership Development 1. I do. You watch. We talk. 2. I do. You help. We talk. 3. You do. I help. We talk. 4. You do. I watch. We talk.  5. You do. Someone else watches. You talk… * Ideas and highlights on this page adapted from Apprentice Field Guide, created by Community Christian Church. Highly recommended. $10 at www.lulu.com/shop/apprentice-field-guide/paperback/product-13387075.html “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” ~ Paul to Timothy (2 Timothy 2:2) “The best leaders are not those who have the most followers but those who develop and deploy other leaders. The true test of a leader’s influence is to look at what is left behind once the leader is gone.” ~ Neil Cole, Journeys to Significance (recommended book) 3 Question at each debrief (“We talk.”)  • What worked? • What didn’t work? • How can we improve? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 46! ! FRIDAY
  48. 48. The Leadership Stool | Six Leadership Styles Created by Dave Olson • All three legs are required • The seat provides strength and stability • legs should be near the same length Spirituality: • commitment to deep spiritual transformation that brings about the life-changing work of God in people • Biblical insight and passion • Devotions and intimacy with God • Authentic self-revelation • “PRAY” Chemistry: • an inviting relational atmosphere within your church that connects people to God’s community • Personal relationships • Small group dynamics • Leading large gatherings • “PLAY” Strategy: • process of sequential actions that produce fruitful ministry in line with God-directed goals. • Ability to anticipate tomorrow • How to get from point A to point B • Delegation and administration • “PLAN” NOTE: every church planter can request codes to utilize a special online Leadership Stool testing tool for lead pastor, staff, and church teams by contacting carla.erickson@covchurch.org or your DCP Group Activity: self-select into the three groups in different parts of room • Joined by a leader representing your group’s Leadership Style • Leader with own group: What are our strengths & weaknesses? • Leader rotates and asks: • What about us annoys each other? :-) • How should we communicate with you and show we value your style? • How can you do the same toward us?" Covenant Resources: www.covchurch.org/what-we-do/develop-leaders CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 47! ! FRIDAY
  49. 49. Understand Your Leadership Style There are Six Leadership Styles 1 (see diagram next page) 1. Relational Leader • Leadership Sequence: CHEMISTRY - Spirituality - strategy • APEST 2 Type is often: Shepherd (Pastor) - interpersonal intelligence helps them connect to people in a warm and caring manner. 2. Inspirational Leader • CHEMISTRY - Strategy - spirituality • APEST: Evangelist - social intelligence helps connect with people, especially in crowd context 3. Sacred Leader • SPIRITUALITY - Chemistry - strategy • APEST: Teacher - their greatest gift to the church is communicating to people the deep things of God 4. Imaginative Leader • SPIRITUALITY - Strategy - chemistry • APEST: Prophet - like to look to the future and call the people of God to become who God created them to be. 5. Mission Leader • STRATEGY - Spirituality - chemistry • APEST: Apostle - ability to lead the mission of God into the future, through the development of ministries, ministers (both professional & lay), and mission endeavors 6. Building Leader • STRATEGY - Chemistry - spirituality • APEST: Apostelist (hybrid of an Apostle & Evangelist) - primary love is growing the church or organization they serve, while simultaneously making it better and stronger. Pragmatic visionaries that focus on strategy and structure, they typically stay in a location for extended times, never tire of creating “more” and “better” 1 There is a four page detailed report available for each style that will help you understand how God has created you to lead. Go to www.leadershipstool.com/sixstyles for a copy of your Leadership Style. 2 APEST = shorthand for five-fold gifts of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd (Pastor), & Teacher “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” ~ Paul (Ephesians 4:11-12) Implementation in a church context • Mission Leader (Apostle) sets the Agenda • Imaginative Leader (Prophet) analyses the Target (the Culture) • Inspirational Leader (Evangelist) leads People to Christ • Relational Leader (Pastor) disciples the Converts • Sacred Leader (Teacher) lays (reinforces) the Scriptural foundation • Building Leader (Apostelist) grows the Church ~ Johannes Reimer, New Testament Scholar CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 48! ! FRIDAY
  50. 50. Complementary, Styles Complementary, Styles Complementary, Styles Sacred Leader Inspirational Leader Imaginative Leader Mission Leader Building Leader Relational Leader TheImaginativeLeaderisgifted byGodtointeractpowerfullywith aninnovativevisionfromGod,then leadpeopletostepoutinfaithand liveoutthatnewwayofbeingthe peopleofGod. Strongest7in Spirituality Strongest7in7 Chemistry Strongest7in7 Strategy TheBuildingLeaderisgiftedby Godtostrategizeforgrowth, enlistotherleaders,andthen togetherleadthewayinenlarging themissionofGod. TheInspirationalLeaderisgifted byGodtoconnectpowerfullywitha crowd,andmotivatethemtofollow Jesus,byencouragingthemto engageinthemissionofGod. TheRelationalLeaderisgiftedbyGod toconnectemotionallywithindividuals, andinspirethemasagrouptofollow Jesusandloveeachother. TheSacredLeaderisgiftedbyGod toconnectspirituallywithpeople, andencouragethemtogrowdeeper withGod,whilebringingattentionto thevoiceoftheHolySpirit. MissionLeaderisgiftedbyGodwith spiritualvisiontoforeseewhatisneeded intheimmediatefuture.MissionLeaders callpeopletofollowadeeperGospel, whilemultiplyingdisciples,expanding ministriesandstartingnewventures. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 49! ! FRIDAY
  51. 51. The Six Primary Roles of Christian Leaders 1. .........Relational Leader Love 2. .....Inspirational Leader Motivate 3. ...........Building Leader Grow 4. ...........Mission Leader Multiply 5. .....Imaginative Leader Create 6. ............Sacred Leader Deepen The Six Hidden Needs of Christian Leaders 1. .........Relational Leader Need for attention, Need for affirmation 2. .....Inspirational Leader Need for power, Need for attention 3. ...........Building Leader Need to over-work, Need for power 4. ...........Mission Leader Need to over-innovate, Need to over-work 5. .....Imaginative Leader Need to be right, Need to over-innovate 6. ............Sacred Leader Need for affirmation, Need to be right The Six Intelligences of Christian Leaders 1. .........Relational Leader Interpersonal Intelligence 2. .....Inspirational Leader Social Intelligence 3. ...........Building Leader Organizational Intelligence 4. ...........Mission Leader Strategic Intelligence 5. .....Imaginative Leader Cultural Intelligence 6. ............Sacred Leader Intrapersonal Intelligence CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 50! ! FRIDAY
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  53. 53. Friday 4:30 PM Lab Time & Journaling Normal & Natural Pathways Work • More fully develop your “Normal & Natural Pathways” for your church plant • Put down one clear and concise idea for each, then go back and more fully develop a couple Journal • Reflect on what you've learned today (or this week) • What was your primary take-away, something you were encouraged by, convicted by? • List one or two things you're doing well • List one or two topics you need to tackle with your Coach or DCP CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 52! ! FRIDAY
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  55. 55. Friday 5:45 PM Teach-Back & Debrief of Day • • • • DINNER | 6:00 PM After Dinner Free Evening CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 54! ! FRIDAY
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  57. 57. Saturday 9:00 AM Morning Devotions Scripture: Notes: Review of Previous Day • • • • HIGHLIGHTED COVENANT VALUE: “MISSIONAL” “We affirm a commitment to the whole mission of the Church. The early Covenanters were known as “Mission Friends”— people of shared faith who came together to carry out God’s mission both far and near. Mission for them and for us includes evangelism, Christian formation, and ministries of compassion, mercy, and justice. We follow Christ’s two central calls. The Great Commission sends us out into all the world to make disciples. The Great Commandment calls us to love the Lord our God and our neighbors as ourselves.” ~ from the Covenant Affirmations CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 56! ! SATURDAY
  58. 58. Saturday 9:30 AM Four-Stage Launch Process Your first twelve months of church planting Purpose of Four-Stage Launch: • Build missional momentum and effectiveness • While having “permission” to focus and pace yourselves accordingly Overview of Four-Stage Launch: Timing & Benchmarks: Each stage is 3-4 months with clear healthy, missional benchmarks 1. Stage 1 - Launch Team Development: gathering like-minded, diversely gifted, missionally-motivated people into a cohesive team 2. Stage 2 - Monthly Preview Worship Services: reaching and gathering more people to the new church, developing effective ministry systems, practicing what you’ll become 3. Stage 3 - Weekly Pre-Launch Worship: continuing to reach and gather, refining the ministries, getting the systems right, acting “as if ” 4. Stage 4 - Grand Opening Launch: launching for accelerated growth and impact, unfettered outreach & evangelism, robust ministry systems Four Scenarios for Adaptation 1. New Church Plant: from scratch, not pre-existing 2. “2.0” Church Plant: pre-existing ministry, new to Covenant, from soft relaunch to hard reset 3. New Campus: extending church’s pre-existing ministry to a brand-new location or venue 4. New Worship Service: multiplying worship services (new times, different rooms, new styles, etc) Cautions & Common Mistakes • New Church Plants (and sometimes Campuses or Worship Services): • go too fast, skimp on key components • downplay or ignore benchmarks • “2.0” Church Plants (and sometimes Campuses or Worship Services): • assume “regular attenders” = “Launch Team” • don’t make the “hard asks” • don’t revisit foundational principles Loose Definition of “2.0” Church Plant: • pre-Covenant history, already meeting weekly, usually was bi-vocational pastor • has now been through official Assessment & Recommendation process • now under a Covenant Agreement, treated fully as a Covenant Church Plant CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 57! ! SATURDAY
  59. 59. Table Discussion • what scenario (or blend) best represents your project? what are its advantages? disadvantages? • what caution or mistake resonates most? (you made it, avoided it, don’t believe it, etc!) • what do you loathe (or just dislike, for the polite) about the Four-Stage Launch idea? • what’s just one way it might be extremely helpful? Three Key Metrics (each a blend of qualitative & quantitative measures) 1. Launch Team Members: Specifically asked to commit to the church plant launch, the reliable leaders and workers, count on each other (balance of quality and quantity) 2. Worship Attendance: Through prayer, evangelism, invitation, events, marketing, follow-through, and more, reach or surpass goals for each stage (emphasis on quantity, care for quality) 3. Key Ministries: Deploy Worship, Children, Hospitality, Follow-up & Connection, Small Groups, Evangelism & Outreach (or others). Improve “letter grades” throughout each stage (emphasis on quality, care for quantity/capacity) Examples of Suggested Timeline & Benchmarks: Sunday-Centric/Launch Large Model (Traditional/Majority Approach in ECC) STAGE: Launch TeamLaunch TeamLaunch Team Preview Worship/Soft-LaunchPreview Worship/Soft-LaunchPreview Worship/Soft-Launch Weekly Pre-LaunchWorshipWeekly Pre-LaunchWorshipWeekly Pre-LaunchWorship Grand Opening LaunchGrand Opening LaunchGrand Opening Launch Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec LT: 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 65 70 70 70 WA: N/A N/A N/A 100 110 120 90 105 120 150 140 130 KM: C C+ B- B B B+ B+ B+ A- A- A- A- KEY: LT = Launch Team WA = Worship Attendance KM = Key Ministries Letter Grade Discipleship-Centric/Missional Multiplication Model (Newer Experiment in ECC) 1st Discipleship Huddle & 1st Missional Community 1st Discipleship Huddle & 1st Missional Community 1st Discipleship Huddle & 1st Missional Community 1st Discipleship Huddle & 1st Missional Community Discipleship Huddle Multiplication Begins Discipleship Huddle Multiplication Begins Discipleship Huddle Multiplication Begins Monthly Worship Begins, Accelerated Huddle Multiplication Monthly Worship Begins, Accelerated Huddle Multiplication Monthly Worship Begins, Accelerated Huddle Multiplication Monthly Worship Begins, Accelerated Huddle Multiplication Monthly Worship Begins, Accelerated Huddle Multiplication Weekly Worship & Multiply Missional Communities Weekly Worship & Multiply Missional Communities Weekly Worship & Multiply Missional Communities Weekly Worship & Multiply Missional Communities Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec DH: 1:8 1:10 1:12 1:12 1:14 2:16 2:18 3:20 3:22 3:24 3:26 4:28 5:30 5:33 5:36 5:37 MC: N/A 1:20 1:24 1:28 1:32 1:34 1:36 1:40 2:45 2:55 2:65 2:70 2:80 3:90 3:100 3:110 WA: N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 60 60 65 65 70 100 110 120 120 KM: N/A N/A N/A N/A C C+ B- B B B B+ B+ A- A- A- A- KEY: DH = Discipleship Huddle | [# of Huddles] : [# of Disciples] MC = Missional Communities | [# of MCs] : [# of People Involved] 1. “Launch Team Members” Variations: • Discipleship Huddle: Those who’ve committed to the discipleship process of becoming a discipling leader; Invitation only, high commitment, with intentional reproduction pathway • Missional Communities: Medium-size groups of 15-50; (Example of Adaptation at Dust Church, Blacksburg VA: House of Study, House of Art, House of Service) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 58! ! SATURDAY
  60. 60. Activity: 3 Minute Disasters! (because that’s all it takes :) Get into 2 or 3 groups around the room • You have 10 minutes • to create a 2-3 minute skit • of a possible (likely?) “disaster” resulting from a missed benchmark. Create your own scenario (or spark off one of these disturbingly true-ish ideas :) … • “We’ve Got Each Other (and That’s Alot)”: About to hold first Monthly Preview Worship, you only have 15 actual Launch Team members, all old friends from the same Christian high school • “Raised by Wolves”: Awesome house band for worship, no children’s ministry leaders or plan (“eh, we’ll give ‘em activity sheets during the message time”), Weekly Pre-Launch starts next month • “Living in Mom’s Basement (or Over Dad’s Garage)”: Parent/Partner churches have been providing 3/4ths of your worship team and 1/2 the kids workers, they cannot (and will not) keep doing it once you start Weekly Worship… which is scheduled in two weeks • “III Corinthians (Smarter than Paul)”: You’ve done a beautiful job with personal evangelism (not really worrying about the “less important” stuff), you now have a Launch Team of 35!… 27 of which are brand-new believers (what could possibly go wrong) Notes: BREAK | 10:30 AM ~ 30 Min CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 59! ! SATURDAY
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  62. 62. Saturday 11:00 AM Stage 1: Launch Team Development Activity: Preparing the Table • Discuss: What are some of the “tables” we’re setting for people to experience Jesus and his community? What is a Launch Team? • Simplest Definition: “Show up and get it done.” • Highly committed leaders and hard workers who will pray, sweat, laugh, cry, grow, and bleed together for the church planting mission to which God has called them • As the pastor, you can rely on them. As the Launch Team, they can rely on each other Purpose: build, assist, provide, raise up, become, create, protect Gathering: Where will these people come from? • pray, pray & pray some more! (Ask the Lord of the harvest…) • work, work, & work some more! (faithful with the little things…) • Parenting Churches, Partnering Churches, and Strategic Networks • tap into, partner, and network with existing churches & organizations • organize and execute well targeted gathering events (vision desserts, open house, picnics/bbqs, service projects, etc.) Team Mix • Roughly 1/3rd each: Committed Christians, Unchurched Christians, New Christians/Seekers • reflective of your target (multi-ethnic, 18-30 yr-olds, etc.) • balanced gifting (musical, kids, hospitality, admin, etc.) • from a variety of social networks (not all from same parent church, extended group of friends, etc) Training Best Practices • Teach the Vision - “T-Shirt Test” (succinctly communicate its essence) • Key Ministries Teams – break the group into your 5 or 6 teams • Pray and Practice - reduces fear, builds skills, increases success “People are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better people.” ~ E.M. Bounds, Power through Prayer, p. 13 CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 61! ! SATURDAY
  63. 63. Launch Team Landmines • “tasks not titles” (proven faithfulness and effectiveness) [related for staff: “hire slow, fire fast”] • “process not promises” (leadership development path) • faithfulness and fruitfulness need to be demonstrated • Three “highly” people: • highly controlling • highly needy • highly missional • Extra Cautions for “2.0” Church Plants: “regular attenders” ≠ “Launch Team”, you must make the “hard asks”; you must recruit, enlist, and infuse new Launch Team members into the existing mix Agenda Harmony: How do we keep this group together? • critical to have clearly defined DNA, mission and vision that are Biblically based (cf. earlier session) • planting pastor must be the champion, custodian, and defender of the mission, vision, and values • Out-counseling poor fits is a necessary leadership task Benchmarks • minimum 30 committed, gifted adults • 50% of Launch Team from new contacts • planter is seen as the legitimate leader of the group • increasing number of people contacted, coming, connecting with the group with growing enthusiasm Poster Activity: How do I gather 30-40 people? [table groups develop how-to list] • Make invitation list (could even call or email during the Training) • Create strategy for reaching 30 people total (4:1 ratio, probably need to connect with 120 people) • Put real names to list • Pray with a partner for your lists • What to do with your Launch Team Review at Tables: • training best practices. landmines, etc • What would you add? CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 62! ! SATURDAY
  64. 64. Saturday 11:40 AM Stage 2: Monthly Preview Worship Question: What is one of the biggest mistakes church planters and their teams make? Goals • accelerating health and growth • continue to build momentum to more fully express what your church is becoming through public worship, and expanded attractional & incarnational ministries Benchmarks • 50 new people attending each preview service • strong word-of-mouth: over half of guests from personal invitation • double size of the Launch Team • 75-125 at each monthly worship service (momentum building) The ‘W’ • for most, gathered worship is the high- bandwidth high point of their experience of God and his community at a new church • but there’s a tension, especially early on, also need depth with Launch Team development, training, and small group experiences • yet both “extremes” can overshoot many types of people you hope to reach, so you also need some more accessible middle ground • Repeating Cycle: each one is “open”, invite each time to each one (Note Benchmarks from Suggested Launch Timeline) Suggested Rhythm • Worship: music, message, related key ministries, vision casting, a vital invite opportunity to the following weeks (invite at each) • Launch Team Mtg 1: orientation, bible study, vision-casting • Gathering Event: picnic, bbq, service project, bowling, etc. • Launch Team Mtg 2: prep key ministries teams for next Preview • Worship: like Week 1, only improved upon, more new people, etc. (rinse, repeat) Wk 1: Preview Worship Wk 2: Launch Team Mtg Wk 3: Gathering Event Wk 5: Preview Worship Wk 4: Launch Team Mtg MONTH 1 MONTH 2 … CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 63! ! SATURDAY
  65. 65. Applications Brand-New Church Plants & Campuses • fairly straightforward, though variations are possible • e.g. Preview Worship every other week, stretch out over summer lows, etc. “2.0” Church Plants: • Soft Reset: • Turn weekly meeting time into a feature, leveraging the existing structure and strengths… but still honor the principles! • Build the rhythm and emphases into your weekly gathering, treat each gathering purposefully • others: • Hard Reset: • strategically “shut down” weekly public worship for a season (4-8 weeks) • clear opt-in process for Launch Team members (with other open activities for everyone) • others?: Notes: CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 64! ! SATURDAY
  66. 66. Activity: Four Affinity Groups Instructions • gather around the room into groups along the lines of your ministry setting (as much as possible) Groups: 1. 2. 3. Discussion • What struggles will you face with the monthly worship concept and execution? • Done well, what benefit will it bring? ‘W’ Posters • Put up three sheets on wall, side-by-side to create three months of Ws (heading toward Stage 3) • Write ideas on sheets (or use post-it notes) following the suggested rhythm, building each month • it’s ok if you have wide variety of items (even mutually exclusive) as you do this as a group project LUNCH | 12:30 PM CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 65! ! SATURDAY
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  68. 68. Saturday 1:30 PM Stage 3: Weekly Pre-Launch Worship Natural continuation of Stage 2, with still some freedom to tweak, improve, and over-haul as needed (plus, people are more forgiving when it’s labeled “Pre-Launch” :) Goals: • develop more strength and structure through vital ministry teams and effective systems • strengthen and improve your Key Ministries • strengthen gathering and growing prior to Launch • develop leadership and volunteers • finalize Grand Opening Launch Strategy Benchmarks • minimum of 80 in the weekly services (75 is the enemy!) • quality of Key Ministries improving from B to B+/A- • increasing number of people serving in ministry teams • 50% of adults in small groups Stage 4: “Grand Opening” Launch Goals: • launching strong (qualitative) • launching large (quantitative) • letting the entire community know we’re here! • Help assure sustainability and growing Missional Impact for future generations Benchmarks • Launch past 125 in Worship, stay above 125 throughout • Key Ministries with letter grades at B+/A- • Great facility that can accommodate growth to 200+ • Seeing increasing numbers of people coming to Christ • Healthy Mix: • 1/3 mission-minded • 1/3 formerly de-churched • 1/3 formerly un-churched CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 67! ! SATURDAY
  69. 69. Helpful Growth Equation Net Growth = [Visitor Flow × Retention Rate] – Backdoor Loss Visitor Flow = how many first-timers experience the church Retention Rate = percentage who become regulars at least for awhile Backdoor Loss = how many eventually leave for any reason • pay attention to each of those variables so you know what’s working & what needs improvement; this applies to worship services, small groups, etc. - any “ministry” that should grow through people • easy to focus on the wrong thing, so get beneath the “numbers” • BIG Caveat: these are people, not soulless numbers; the “numbers” are merely a tool for fruitful accountability and ministry insight Scenario 1: • [10 visitors/mo × 20% Retention] - [2 leave/mo] = 2 stay/month - 2 leave/month = 0 Net Growth • Possible Interpretation: 20% is actually a fairly good retention rate and 2/month departing isn’t bad either, therefore increasing the number of visitors (through prayer, invitation, evangelism training, hospitality, etc.) will likely increase Net Growth Scenario 2: • [20 visitors/mo × 10% Retention] - [2 leave/mo] = 2 stay/month - 2 leave/month = 0 Net Growth • Possible Interpretation: 10% isn’t great for retention, though 2/month departing isn’t bad. For some reason people aren’t coming back and getting connected. Evaluating hospitality, facility, spiritual vitality, quality of programming, etc. might reveal ways to improve that retention rate to increase Net Growth Scenario 3: • [10 visitors/mo × 50% Retention] - [5 leave/mo] = 5 stay/month - 5 leave/month = 0 Net Growth • Possible Interpretation: Might be an urban area or college town with very transitory population and lots of “churn” AND/OR church is great at “first impressions” but lacks depth and growth opportunities. Depending on issues, may need to really increase visitor rate while also working on back door loss CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 68! ! SATURDAY
  70. 70. Saturday 2:00 PM Launching Large, Launching Healthy Discussion • What would launching large look like in your context? Share with two other people what it would mean to launch large in your context. • Discuss Around Your Table: What you can do to launch large enough and healthy enough to have a missional impact in your community. • Action Steps: What specific action steps still need to be done to launch large in your setting? Who will be responsible?  Add them to your timeline. Related Resource: Planting Fast-Growing Churches, Stephen Gray “No tree bears fruit for its own use. Everything in God’s will gives itself.” ~ Martin Luther “A few weeks before he took his life, former Methodist preacher Vincent van Gogh painted a picture of a church. It emanated a dimly eerie light from the inside, but it had no doors. There was no way in. Van Gogh's The Church at Auvers gets my vote as the most haunting painting in the history of religious art.” ~ Leonard Sweet (Soul Salsa, p. 87) CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 69! ! SATURDAY
  71. 71. Notes: BREAK | 3:00 PM ~ 30 Min CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 70! ! SATURDAY
  72. 72. 21 Insights on Fast-Growing Church Plants Dr. Stephen Gray Dr. Gray is Director of Church Planting for the General Association of General Baptists and consults with New Church Specialties. Based on his doctoral research through Asbury Seminary of 2,285 church plants from 5 denominations, only 168 (7%) qualified to be counted as “fast-growing”. A fast-growing church plant is defined by its ability to achieve an average attendance of 200 and be self-supporting over a 3-6 year period. 1. Assessment is a must. The Ridley assessment is the one he refers to and they find a positive correlation between fast-growing church plants and above-average planters. 2. Adequate financial support is a must. A combination of funds from a supporting organization and funds raised by the planter works best. They find a balance is needed between too-much and too- little support. 3. A majority of fast-growing plants were led by full-time planters. 4. A majority of planters leading fast-growing plants received salary support for 2 years or less. 85% of fast-growing churches received salary support for 2-3 years. 80% of planters in struggling church plants received salary support for 3-5 years. 5. A majority of fast-growing plants received additional financial support beyond salary support. Generally this was a one-time start-up grant. 6. The start-up grants for fast-growing plants were $50,000 or less. Start-up grants for struggling plants were over $50,000. 7. Planters of fast-growing plants were personally involved in support-raising. 8. The vision for the church plant must be birthed in the heart of the church planter. 9. The church planter must choose the target audience. 10. Planters of fast-growing church plants were free to spend their funding as they saw fit. 11. The more successful the church plant, the less control the sponsoring agency exercised over the plant. 12. Fast-growing church plants have planters who have adequate emotional support. 13. Sponsoring agencies must develop a quality training program – generally 1 or more weeks – true for 77% of fast-growing plants. Planters of struggling plants received less than a week of training – true of 74% of struggling plants. 14. Fast-growing plants started with two paid staff. This was the case in 88.3% of fast-growing plants. On the other hand, 88.5% of struggling plants had a solo church planter. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 71! ! SATURDAY
  73. 73. 15. Fast-growing plants had a larger adult core – generally over 40 adults. 16. Fast-growing plants had 3 core ministries from the start: worship, kids, and teen ministries. 17. Fast-growing churches used both preview services and small groups to build the core group. 18. Fast-growing plants used 5+ preview services on a bi-weekly basis. They find waiting a month before doing another preview is too long to develop connections. 19. Fast-growing plants launched with larger attendance than struggling plants – generally over 100.. 20. Fast-growing plants taught about finances and stewardship within the first 6 months. 21. Fast-growing plants kept their ministry outward-focused. This included mission giving from the start. Fast-growing plants tended to give 10+% to mission. Additional Insights: • Amount of Ideal Support for “Average Church Plant” (will vary by region, cost of living, etc.) FOR: 1 PASTORAL STAFF 2 PASTORAL STAFF $50k salary × 2 yrs 100k 200k Start-up grant yr 1 50k 50k additional fundraising by planter 50k 50k Total: $200k $300k • Both fast-growing and struggling church plants had • Similar prayer networks • Similar level of coaching • Similar commitment to a one-day a week facility CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 72! ! SATURDAY
  74. 74. Saturday 3:30 PM Panel Discussions and Q&A Time Notes: CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 73! ! SATURDAY
  75. 75. Individual Lab Time Time for planters to work individually or with Coaches, DCP, and others on strategic plan, normal & natural pathways, ministry planning calendar, launch team development, etc. Notes: CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 74! ! SATURDAY
  76. 76. Saturday 5:45 PM Teach-Back & Debrief of Day • • • • DINNER | 6:00 PM After Dinner Free Evening CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE! ! MARCH 12-17, 2014 • CHICAGO PAGE 75! ! SATURDAY
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