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Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Minneapolis MN, March 9-14, 2016

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Workbook for Covenant Church Planting's Church Planter Training Intensive. Held in Minneapolis MN, March 9-14, 2016

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Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Minneapolis MN, March 9-14, 2016

  1. 1. Church Planter
 Training Intensive March 9–14 2016 Minneapolis, MN
  2. 2. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Overview of Week Schedule & Topics PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT1 • Start and Stop on Time • Minimize Electronic Distractions • Fully Participate - Work Hard, Play Hard! 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 M Morning Devotional Morning Devotional Morning Devotional Church Plant Visit: 8:45a Departure Catalyst Cov. Church 
 Pastor Jeff Olson catalystcovenant.org See behind the scenes, join in worship together, and see a new Covenant Church Plant in action! Morning Devotional Prayer and
 Spiritual Warfare Review & Teach-Back Review & Teach-Back Church Multiplication: 
 Multiply Churches that are healthy, missional, and also reproducePreReqs for Covenant Agreement Signing: 30 Adults, 3rd Stream Funding, 1 Support Church, Well-Conceived Project Plan “Normal & Natural Pathways” and 10 Missional Markers Four-Stage Launch Overview: Your first 12 months planting Leadership: reproduce leaders that effectively lead, serve, & multiply Stage 1: Launch Team Development
 Panel: Launch Team Stories & Strategies Consecration, Commissioning, 
 & Communion 1 0 : 4 5 - 1 1 : 1 5 M I D - M O R N I N G B R E A K Wrap-Up & Send-Off Culture: Discovering Your Identity, Creating Culture Evangelism: leading people one step closer to Jesus Stage 2: Preview & Doing the ‘W’ Rides to Airport Stage 3: Soft Launch
 Stage 4: Hard Launch 1 2 : 3 0 - 1 : 3 0 L U N C H Culture: Structuring & Communicating Your Church Culture Fundraising: enlisting patrons & supporters to advance the mission Fruitfulness & Sustainability Debrief: 
 Church Plant & Worship Service Observations Travel safe, thanks 
 for being together 
 this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the thriving church God has called you to plant! Stewardship: instilling a culture of generosity, sacrifice, & faithfulness 30-60-90 Project Revitalization Process Children's Ministry 2 : 4 5 - 3 : 1 5 A F T E R N O O N B R E A K Context: Understanding Your Missional Context Discipleship: making disciples that are maturing in Christ CovTalks:
 Facilities, Legal & Admin, Financial Systems, Worship Arts, and more Personal Care & Development Lab Time Lab Time DCP Panel Discussion
 and Q&A Time 6 : 0 0 D I N N E R Concert of Prayer & Worship Service Special Fun Night Free Evening Free Evening THU FRI SAT SUN MON
  3. 3. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Getting Around Key Locations [ goo.gl/CMhIoa ] 
 PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT2 Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center 1 Oak Ridge Drive
 Chaska, MN 55318
 oakridgeminneapolis.com
 Catalyst Covenant Church Olson Campus Center
 1490 Fulham St
 St Paul, MN 55108
 catalystcovenant.org
 Minneapolis/St. Paul 
 International Airport (MSP) 4300 Glumack Drive
 Minneapolis, MN 55111
 www.mspairport.com
  4. 4. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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. David Swanson, Central PT, CP 3. Glenn Peterson, Canada PT, PS 4. Brian Johnson, Midwest FT 5. Jason Condon, East Coast FT 6. Mike Brown, Northwest (+AK) FT 7. Dave Olson, Pacific Southwest FT
 (+South East & Midsouth) PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT3 11 Conferences Comprise the Larger Missional Regions of the Evangelical Covenant Church KEY: PT=Part-time DCP, FT=Full-time, CP=Church Planter, PS=Pastor Start and Strengthen Churches covchurch.org/what-we-do/strengthen- churches “We are committed to start and strengthen healthy, missional churches, much like the Apostle Paul started and continued to strengthen churches in the New Testament. We believe the local church is God’s basic strategy to carry out mission in the world. Through planting new churches and providing resources to strengthen existing congregations, these ministries seek to reach more people with the hope of Christ.” National Church Planting Team • Mike Brown, NWConf DCP, 
 Training Director
 mike@northwestconference.org • Jason Condon, ECConf DCP, 
 Assessment Director
 jasonrcondon@gmail.com • John Teter, National Team Leader
 john@covchurch.org 

  5. 5. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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) PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT4
  6. 6. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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: • Self-Care Plan: Develop a perspective and plan for self-care and a healthy family life • 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 • 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 • Well-Conceived Project Plan: develop a strategic timeline and detailed planning calendar for the first year that includes the four stages, special events, and key milestones • Others: PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT5
  7. 7. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP NOTES: PAGE WEDNESDAY NIGHT6
  8. 8. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Thursday 9:00 AM Morning Devotions Prayer & 
 Spiritual Warfare BREAK | 10:45 AM ~ 30 Min
 PAGE THURSDAY7 “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
  9. 9. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP NOTES: PAGE THURSDAY8
  10. 10. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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.
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  11. 11. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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. PAGE THURSDAY10
  12. 12. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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)
 PAGE THURSDAY11
  13. 13. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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
 PAGE THURSDAY12 Prayer & Brokenness: Plant After the Plow The Testimony of a Covenant Church Planter
 Brian E. Haak, Artisan Church Founding Pastoral Team
  14. 14. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Thursday 11:15 AM Discovering Your Identity,
 Creating Culture 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 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?” 
 
 
 PAGE THURSDAY13 “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&
  15. 15. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Theme Verse and
 Vision, Mission, Values Theme Verse: ( = “inspiration”) 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 • PAGE THURSDAY14 EXAMPLE: 
 CITADEL OF FAITH, DETROIT MI www.citadeloffaith.org Theme 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
  16. 16. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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: • What is good?: celebrate and cultivate • What is wrong?: name, confront, stop • What is confusing?: clarify and compel • What is missing?: identify and start In Pairs • Share one story of the culture you hope to create, or are seeing birthed in this new church. LUNCH | 12:30 PM
 PAGE THURSDAY15 “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&
  17. 17. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP PAGE THURSDAY16 Dear Church,
 
 Older & Wiser,
 Future Me (2021)
  18. 18. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 Identity 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& PAGE THURSDAY17
  19. 19. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 | 2:45 PM ~ 30 Min
 PAGE THURSDAY18
  20. 20. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Thursday 3:15 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) Community Assessment A way 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 PAGE THURSDAY19 “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
  21. 21. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP NOTES:
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  22. 22. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Thursday 4:00 PM Afternoon Lab Time Individual work on Theme Verse, 
 and Vision, Mission, Values Group Presentations & Critique Color Dot "Votes" = Nope. (weak, missed the mark) = Maybe? (vague, needs clarity) = Yes! (I get it and it speaks to me) $ 
 Red Yellow Green Post-It Notes:  • write brief helpful suggestions • slap on giant sheets near the related item PAGE THURSDAY21 EXAMPLE:
 ARTISAN CHURCH,
 ROCHESTER NY www.artisanchurch.com Theme 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)
  23. 23. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP NOTES: PAGE THURSDAY22
  24. 24. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Thursday 5:45 PM Teach-Back & Debrief of Day • • • • • • DINNER | 6:00 PM After Dinner Concert of Prayer 
 & Worship Service (then free evening afterwards) PAGE THURSDAY23
  25. 25. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 9:00 AM Morning Devotions Review & Teach-Back of Previous Day • • • • PAGE FRIDAY24
  26. 26. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 9:30 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?
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  27. 27. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 PAGE FRIDAY26
  28. 28. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Healthy Missional Markers covchurch.org/vitality/healthy-missional-markers 1. Centrality of the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16) • We believe that the Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. • Our preaching and teaching in all settings reflects careful preparation, relevance, and creativity. • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to study and apply Biblical truth in ways that lead to a scripturally integrated life. 2. Life Transforming Walk with Jesus (John 3:3,30; Phil. 1:6) • We teach our people how to be attentive to Christ in all circumstances. • Our people understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually deconstructs and reconstructs a person’s life. • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to use a variety of spiritual growth resources, experiences, and settings. 3. Intentional Evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20) • We are burdened for the spiritual condition of those who do not yet know Christ. • We have identifiable pathways for evangelism to take place in our ministries. • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to build spiritual friendships and know how to share their faith as God-birthed opportunities arise. 4. Transforming Communities through Active 
 Compassion, Mercy and Justice Ministries (Micah 6:8) • We are burdened for the hurting people in our community and beyond. • We have identifiable pathways for compassion, mercy and justice ministries to take place. • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to see and address the hurts and the causes of hurt in our community and beyond. 5. Global Perspective and Engagement (Acts 1:8) • We raise the sights of our members beyond our congregation and community by developing a Biblical worldview and often pray for and reference global matters. • We have identifiable pathways to support the cause of Christ globally. • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to participate in the global dimensions of our ministry. PAGE FRIDAY27
  29. 29. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 6. Compelling Christian Community (Acts 2:42-47) • We understand that our love for one another is a powerful testimony to the deity of Jesus. • We love each other as we are, not as we should be. • We share life together beyond the worship service. 7. Heartfelt Worship (Psalm 138:1a; John 4:23) • We exalt and celebrate God for who he is, what he has done, 
 what he is doing and what he will do. • Worship reflects careful preparation to help give voice to many dimensions 
 of response to God such as adoration, praise, contrition, lament, and commitment. • People leave worship knowing something more about the heart of God 
 and about their own hearts. 8. Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving (Romans 12:1-8) • We help people discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gifts. • We regularly, graciously, and unapologetically teach on the importance of financial stewardship in the spiritual growth of the Christian. • We have many examples of lifestyle choices being made on the basis of stewardship and the priority God plays in the lives of our members. 9. Culture of Godly Leadership (Hebrews 13:7) • Our leaders at all levels serve with character, competence, and conviction. • A spirit of collegiality pervades, with our people trusting our leaders and 
 our leaders trusting our people. • We continually identify and train godly leaders for all dimensions of our ministry. 10. Fruitful Organizational Structures (Exodus 18:13-26, Acts 6:1-7) • We can articulate a compelling, Christ-honoring vision for our church. • We embrace evaluation as normal and natural and work through conflict constructively. • Our organizational structures are designed to be efficient at making decisions while at the same time building congregational ownership for those decisions. PAGE FRIDAY28
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  32. 32. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 10:00 AM 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 PAGE FRIDAY31 “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?
  33. 33. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Six Christian 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: • “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 22:37) • 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: • “Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 22:39b) • an inviting relational atmosphere within your church that connects people to God’s community • Personal relationships • Small group dynamics • Leading large gatherings • “PLAY” Strategy: • “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” ~ Jesus (Matthew 22:19a) • 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
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  34. 34. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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
 PAGE FRIDAY33 “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) analyzes 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
  35. 35. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP PAGE FRIDAY34 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.
  36. 36. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 .............. (*definition: occurring within the individual mind or self) BREAK | 10:45 AM ~ 30 Min PAGE FRIDAY35
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  38. 38. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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: 
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 72-leadership-fruitful-pulpit.pdf PAGE FRIDAY37 “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
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  39. 39. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Your Conversion 1. How did you convert/come to adult faith? 2. Your story will likely be your default method of evangelism 3. How will you train your people for effective evangelism? The Sending of the 72 (Luke 10:1-12) 1. Who were the 72? 2. What do we know about them? 3. What did Jesus train them to do? The Conversion Process
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  40. 40. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Commitment Questions: 1. When is the last time you asked someone to follow Jesus? 2. When was the last time someone in your church asked someone to follow Jesus? 3. What will your church plant be like if people actually asked people to follow Jesus? LUNCH | 12:30 PM
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  42. 42. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 1:30 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!!!) 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
 PAGE FRIDAY41 “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
  43. 43. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 PAGE FRIDAY42
  44. 44. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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
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  46. 46. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 2:30 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 
 PAGE FRIDAY45 “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)
  47. 47. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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?
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  48. 48. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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?: • • PAGE FRIDAY47
  49. 49. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 PAGE FRIDAY48
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  51. 51. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 3:15 PM Discipleship What is Discipleship? • • • What are you measuring? Discipling Relationships: • Those who are intentionally receiving discipleship • with the commitment to disciple others when ready • for the ongoing reproduction of disciple-making disciples (this Simple Definition is used in Covenant Agreements on the 
 East Coast Conference as a healthy missional metric to measure) Examples from the Field Discipleship Strategies Amongst ECConf Plants Online Folder: goo.gl/UJW2Rx • collection of various resources and materials from ECConf Cohorts “Discipleship Series” Video: youtu.be/y9SEgNaSI0I • “Bootleg Video” from a Greater Boston/New England Cohort Gathering • Broadcast and recorded live Covenant Resources: www.covchurch.org/resources/category/ discipleship Other Resources Alex Absalom: alexabsalom.com especially relevant categories: • alexabsalom.com/category/ discipleship-2 • alexabsalom.com/category/missional- communities Mike Breen & 3DM: weare3dm.com • Building a Discipling Culture • Multiplying Missional Leaders • Launching Missional Communities • Leading Kingdom Movements Other Related Books: • T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution by Steve Smith with Ying Kai • The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church, 
 Alan Hirsch and Tim Catchim (anything by Alan Hirsch is excellent) • Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World, JR Woodward • Exponential Ebooks: www.exponential.org/ ebooks (particularly related to their DiscipleShift theme from 2015) PAGE FRIDAY50 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~ Jesus (Matt 28:19-20)
  52. 52. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Framework for Leading Change Influencer | Leading Change Even When Change is Very Difficult short url to book outline and notes: www.bit.ly/influencernotes • “An Influencer motivates and enables others to change” • what most of us lack is not the courage to change things, but the skill to do so Two Questions Everyone Asks Before They'll Change • 1st: “Is it worth doing?” (if not, why waste the effort?) • 2nd: “Can I do this thing?” (if not, why even try?) • Best-kept secret: over past half century a handful of behavioral science theorists and practitioners have discovered the power to change just about anything Six Sources of Influence Two Categories: Motivation & Ability | Three Domains: Personal, Social, & Structural • Each reflect separate and highly developed bodies of literature: psychology, sociology, and organizational theory • Personal Motivation & Ability relate to sources of influence within an individual that determine their behavioral choices • Social Motivation & Ability relate to how other people affect an individual’s choices & behavior • Structural Motivation & Ability encompass the role of nonhuman factors, such as compensation, systems, space, and technology Influencer Model | Use 6 Sources ⇆ Find Vital Behaviors ⇆ Clarify Measurable Results • simple solutions for complex problems almost never work, yet people bet on single-source strategies all the time. • Those who succeed where others routinely fail overdetermine success - they bring more than the minimum influence strategies to bear and leave nothing to chance • A few behaviors can drive a lot of change; enormous influence comes from focusing on just a few vital behaviors. Influence geniuses focus on behaviors • Then make sure results are clarified and measurable; if it can’t be tested, it doesn't really exist
 PAGE FRIDAY51 Motivation Ability Personal 1. Make the Undesirable Desirable 2. Over-Invest in Skill Building Social 3. Harness Peer Pressure 4. Find Strength
 in Numbers Structural 5. Design Rewards and Demand Accountability 6. Change the Environment
  53. 53. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Scripture Exercise | Discipleship-Related Excerpts from the Book of Acts Acts 2:1-12, 41-43 (NIV) • 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. • 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” • 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. Acts 5:42 (NIV) • Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. Note the Various “Sources of Influence” in these Passages (write in corresponding box): Motivation Ability Per son al 1. Make the Undesirable Desirable 2. Over-Invest in Skill Building So cial 3. Harness Peer Pressure 4. Find Strength in Numbers Str uct ura l 5. Design Rewards and Demand Accountability 6. Change the Environment
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  54. 54. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Exercise | Application to Your Current Discipleship Strategy Affinity Groups: Map Your Churches’ “Normal & Natural Pathways” for Discipleship • .GREEN : Note what you’re doing that’s positively influencing discipleship (in that “source”) • .RED : Note what you want to remove because it’s influencing the wrong behavior • .BLUE : Note what you want to add to help influence better discipleship behaviors 
 (whether you’ve already been thinking and planning, or based on today’s discussions) • On your own: capture your details and insights for your Well-Conceived Project Plan
 Motivation Ability Per son al 1. Make the Undesirable Desirable 2. Over-Invest in Skill Building (Surpass Your Limits) So cial 3. Harness Peer Pressure 4. Find Strength in Numbers Str uct ura l 5. Design Rewards and Demand Accountability 6. Change the Environment
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  55. 55. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Six Sources Strategy Matrix • Companion Article: How to 10x Your Influence.pdf (http://goo.gl/sXbJ5q) Source 1: PERSONAL MOTIVATION Questions to Ask • In a room by themselves would people (staff, volunteers, team, family, etc.) want to engage in the behavior? • Do they hate it or enjoy it? Do they find meaning in it? • Does it fit into their sense of who they are or want to be? Strategies • Identified unpleasant, noxious, or disagreeable aspects of the change and found ways to either eliminate them or make them more pleasant • Found ways to connect the need for change with people’s core values—for example, had people meet with the individuals who would benefit from the change • Motivated people by creating a mission and purpose about the need for change • Took great pains to get people’s personal buy-in rather than issue mandates Source 2: PERSONAL ABILITY Questions to Ask • Do the people have the knowledge, skills, and strength to be able to do the right thing? • Can they handle the toughest challenges they will face? Strategies • Gave people guided practice and immediate feedback until they were sure they could engage in the new behaviors in the toughest of circumstances • Designed learning experiences to help people successfully manage any emotional and interpersonal hurdles they’d face in changing their behavior • Had people participate in real-time drills or simulations that tested whether they could perform as required under challenging circumstances Source 3: SOCIAL MOTIVATION Questions to Ask • Are other people encouraging the right behavior or discouraging the wrong behavior? • Are people others respect modeling the right behaviors at the right time? • Do people have good relationships with those who are trying to influence them positively? Strategies • Enlisted the support of organizational opinion leaders to serve as role models, teachers, and supporters of change • Had all members of management teach, model, and coach people toward new behavior • Identified people who would be most concerned about change, and involved them early • Made it clear to everyone that these behavioral changes were something top management strongly supported & modeled Source 4: SOCIAL ABILITY Questions to Ask • Do others provide the help, information, and resources required — particularly at critical times? Strategies • Identified the toughest obstacles to change and made sure people had others to support them whenever they faced these obstacles • Used mentors or coaches to provide just-in-time assistance to overcome these obstacles • Created“safe”ways for people to get help without feeling embarrassed • Provided everyone with the authority, information and resources needed to step up to new behaviors as easily as possible Source 5: STRUCTURAL MOTIVATION Questions to Ask • Are there rewards: pay, promotion, performance reviews, perks? • Are there costs? Do rewards encourage the right behaviors and costs discourage the wrong ones? Strategies • Adjusted formal rewards to ensure people had incentives to adopt the new behaviors • Made sure people had“skin in the game”by tracking their use of new behaviors & linking it to rewards & punishments they cared about • Used a“carrot and stick”approach to make sure people knew the organization was serious about demanding change • Made sure everyone understood that even the most senior managers would be held accountable if they failed to support these changes—there were no exceptions Source 6: STRUCTURAL ABILITY Questions to Ask • Does the environment (tools, facilities, information, reports, proximity to others, policies, work processes, etc.) enable good behavior or bad behavior? • Enough cues & reminders to help people stay on course? Strategies • Reorganized workplaces to remove obstacles and make the change convenient and easy • Provided new software, hardware, or other resources to make 
 the change simple and automatic • Used cues, regular communications, and metrics to keep the 
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  56. 56. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 4:00 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
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  58. 58. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Friday 4:45 PM Teach-Back & Debrief of Day • • • • DINNER | 6:00 PM After Dinner Free Evening PAGE FRIDAY57
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  60. 60. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 9:30 AM Pre-Launch (“Stage Zero”) 3 Key Prerequisites for Covenant Agreement Signing • 30 Adults: initial Launch Team of 30 adults in place • 1/3rd Funding: fundraising pledges of $50-75k, 
 with $15-30k received beforehand (“matched” 2:1 by ECConf & Covenant) • 1 Support Church: at least one church in place as a 
 Parent, Partner, or Mission Friend Church Working Definitions for Support Churches Misc. • Incorporation, EIN, Tax-Exempt Status, & Covenant Certificate of Fellowship • CovConnect Profile, Pension, Benefits • Conference-specific administrative pieces Room Activity: 3 Groups, 3 Minutes, 3 Bullet Points Each Group takes on One Key Prerequisites 1. Take three minutes 2. Construct three bullet points 3. Convince the other two groups your prerequisites is the most important one! PARENT CHURCHES PARTNER CHURCHES MISSION FRIEND DEFINITION: Provide initial core of at least 30 Launch Team members and “third stream” funding of $50-70k over 3-4 years. Significant relational connection between both churches Provide substantial portion of initial Launch Team members and some of the “third stream” funding over 3-4 years, equivalent to roughly 1/2 to 1/5 of a “parent church” commitment Commit as entire church or through individual members to tangibly support through prayer, resources, volunteering, and the occasional celebrated Launch Team member FEATURES: primarily nearby mission field, full support, fishing license for Launch Team, baby shower for start-up equipment, blessing and celebration. Think “Mom & Dad” Nearby or regional mission, seek to “tithe” members, tangible support & encouragement, “baby shower”, short-term missionaries. Think “grandparents and siblings” Opportunity for measurable healthy missional efforts, picture on the fridge, care packages, project volunteers. Think “aunts, uncles, 
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  61. 61. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 9:40 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 | Preview Worship/Ministry Development: reaching and gathering more people 
 to the new church, developing effective ministry systems, practicing what you’ll become 3. Stage 3 | Soft Launch/“Full” Weekly Worship: continuing to reach and gather, 
 refining the ministries, getting the systems right, acting “as if ” 4. Stage 4 | Hard Launch/“Grand Opening”: 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) 5. Discipleship-Centric/Missional Multiplication: heavily adapted, leveraging the principles, applying for the “launching” of various components and initiatives Cautions & Common Mistakes
 • New Church Plants (sometimes others): • go too fast, skimp on key components • downplay or ignore benchmarks • “2.0” Church Plants (sometimes others): • assume “regular attenders” = Launch Team • don’t make the “hard asks” • don’t revisit foundational principles • Discipleship-Centric (sometimes others): • downplay or disregard role of “gatherings” and medium- to larger-group dynamics • subdued or absent pursuit of faithful & fruitful “sustainability” within the model • confusing “organic” with lack of structure, goals, and godly effort 
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  62. 62. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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? Four Key Metrics (each a blend of qualitative & quantitative measures) 1. Discipling Relationships: Those who are intentionally receiving discipleship, with the commitment to disciple others when ready, for the ongoing reproduction of disciple-making disciples (Note: this is a newer metric we’re intentionally tracking, still developing best-practices) 2. 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) 3. 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) 4. 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) Discipleship-Centric/Missional Multiplication Model (Newer Experiments in ECC) KEY: DR=DisciplingRelationships,LT=LaunchTeamMembers,ER=EvangelisticRelationships,WA=WorshipAttendance,KM=KeyMinistriesGrade,
 Ext$Rec’d=ExternalFundraisingReceived-to-Date(cumulative), Int$/mo=InternalGiving/month(localtithes)
 *Benchmarkstakeprecedent,anticipate4-8monthsneededtoachievegoals,forapprox.6monthsperPhase.If achieved, Appropriations may be released as early as month 4 or 5, resetting timeframe Discussion & Questions • • • STAGE: 1. Launch Team Development 2. Preview Worship/ Ministry Development 3. Soft Launch/
 “Full”Weekly Worship 4. Hard Launch/
 “Grand Opening” Post-Launch 1: 
 Depth & Stability Post-Launch 2:
 Outreach & Growth Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DR: 6 8 10 12 14 20 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? LT: 30 40 50 55 60 65 70 70 75 75 75 75 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A WA: N/A N/A N/A 80 90 100 120 90 110 125 150 130 130 130 135 135 160 140 KM: N/A N/A C C+ B- B B B+ B+ B+ A- A- A- A A A A A PHASE: Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5 Phase 6 ~ 6 months* Apr 15 – Sep 15 Oct 15 – Mar 16 Apr 16 – Sep 16 Oct 16 – Mar 17 Apr 17 – Sep 17 Oct 17 – Mar 18 DR: 6 9 12 20 30 40 ER: 12 18 24 40 60 80 WA: N/A 22 29 48 72 96 KM: C B- B B+ A- A Ext$ Rec’d: $15,000 30,000 42,500 55,000 65,000 75,000 Int$/mo: $1,800 2,700 3,600 6,000 9,000 12,000 PAGE SATURDAY61
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  64. 64. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 10:00 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: The ones who 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…) • Support Churches (Parent, Partner, & Mission Friends) • Strategic Networks (para-church, non-profits, professional organizations, and more) • Find Opportunities: tap into, partner, and network with existing churches & organizations • Create Opportunities: 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
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 Power through Prayer, p. 13
  65. 65. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP 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 • initial minimum of 30 committed, gifted adults before signing Covenant Agreement • 50% of Launch Team from new contacts • continually adding, growing, and maturing to 50-75+ through entire 4-Stage Launch • planter is seen as the legitimate leader of the group • increasing number of people contacted, coming, and connecting with the group with growing enthusiasm and commitment PAGE SATURDAY64
  66. 66. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 10:15 AM Panel: Launch Team Strategies & Stories Notes: Table Activity: How do I gather 50-75 people? [table groups develop how-to list] • Evaluate: Current make-up of your Launch Team (if any)? (demographics, skills, maturity etc.) • Strategize: Create initial strategy for reaching 50-75 people total • often a 4:1 ratio or more, so probably need to connect with 120-150 people at least • Put real names and real networks on list (could even start contacting this week) • Pray: Pray with a partner for your lists • Plans: If you have time, start brainstorming what you’ll do with your Launch Team BREAK | 10:45 AM ~ 30 Min
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  67. 67. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 11:15 PM Stage 2: Preview Worship/Ministry Dev. Question: What’s one big mistake Planters & Launch Teams often make early on? Goals • accelerating growth while continuing to build momentum • more fully express what your church is becoming through public worship and expanded attractional & incarnational ministries (“come & see” + “go show & tell”) Benchmarks • 75-125 at each monthly worship service (build momentum from “low” to “high”) • 50 new people attending each preview service • strong word-of-mouth: over half of guests from personal invitation and investment • roughly double the size of the initial Launch Team The ‘W’ Wisdom behind the ‘W’ Rhythm • 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, they also need 
 Greater Depth with Launch Team development, 
 training, and small- to medium-sized group experiences • yet both “extremes” can overshoot many people you’re 
 called to reach, so also need some more accessible
 Middle Ground to make friendly connections Repeating Cycle: • each type of gathering is “open” (preview worship, launch team meeting, gathering event, etc) • purposefully invite people to each type of gathering (may invite different people, different ways, for each portions) • at each type of event also invite people to the other upcoming events - always be casting vision, calling to commitment, and inviting each time, adjusting appropriately to setting & audience • Note: See Benchmarks from Suggested Launch Timeline under “Four-Stage Launch Process" Temptations, Cautions, and Common Mistakes • Rushing/Demanding Weekly Worship Services: succumbing to internal & external pressures and expectations (real or imagined); “When will we be a real church?!”, “Can’t we just worship?!” • Fake/Anemic ‘W’ Rhythm: do some of everything every time, nothing done with purposeful focus, resulting in ineffective “mushy middle”; doing everything poorly at same time vs. one thing done well • Short-Sighted/Short-Term Thinking vs. the long view over generations and eternity; are you planting a centuries-long church or a worship service now? (especially when the “wait” is only weeks!) PAGE SATURDAY66 Wk 1: 
 Preview Worship Wk 2: Launch Team Mtg Wk 3: Connection Event Wk 5:
 Preview
 Worship Wk 4: Launch Team Mtg MONTH 1 MONTH 2 …
  68. 68. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Example ‘W’ Rhythm 1. Worship: music, message, related key ministries, vision casting, a vital invite opportunity to the following weeks (invite at each) 2. Launch Team Mtg 1: orientation, bible study, vision-casting 3. Gathering Event: picnic, bbq, service project, bowling, etc. 4. Launch Team Mtg 2: prep key ministries teams for next Preview 5. Worship: restart cycle (like Week 1), only improved upon, more new people, etc. (rinse, repeat!) Note: these principles can be applied to either condensed or stretched-out time-frames 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?: Discipleship-Centric: • very adaptable to “launching” and rolling out various phases, key components, and initiatives • others: Launch of Any New Ministry Area: • principles really works across a wide variety of applications • examples: launching new youth ministry program, building up to annual outreach season, etc. PAGE SATURDAY67
  69. 69. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Activity: Affinity Groups ‘W’ Posters Instructions • gather around the room into groups along the lines of your ministry setting (as much as possible) Groups: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 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 PAGE SATURDAY68
  70. 70. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MARCH 9-14, 2016 • MSP Saturday 12:00 PM Stage 3: Pre-Launch Weekly Worship Natural continuation of Stage 2, with freedom still to tweak, improve, & over-haul as needed (plus, people are far more forgiving when it’s labeled “Pre-Launch” :) Goals: • move from monthly to weekly rhythm of public worship services • develop more strength and structure through vital ministry teams and effective systems • strengthen and improve your Key Ministries • strengthen gathering and growing prior to Hard Launch/“Grand Opening” • develop leadership and volunteers • finalize Grand Opening Launch Strategy Benchmarks • minimum of 80 in the now weekly worship services (75 is the enemy!) • then reach or surpass 120 in weekly worship services before Hard Launch/“Grand Opening”
 (Note: easier to get people “once a month” than “every week” - need to work harder with larger pool) • improve quality of Key Ministries from B to B+/A- • increasing number and percentages of people serving in ministry teams • 50% of adults in “small groups” Stage 4: Hard Launch/‘Grand Opening’ Culmination of the first three stages, with church plant ready to go “fully public” 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 in B+/A- range • Great facility that can accommodate growth to 200+ • Seeing increasing #s coming to Christ and connecting • Healthy Mix: 1/3 mission-minded, 1/3 formerly de-churched, 1/3 formerly un-churched
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