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Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Minneapolis MN, May 2018

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Workbook: Church Planter Training Intensive, Minneapolis MN, May 2018

  1. 1. Church Planter
 Training Intensive May 16-20 2018 Minneapolis, MN
  2. 2. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Overview of Week Schedule & Topics PAGE WEDNESDAY1 • Start and Stop on Time • Minimize Electronic Distractions • Fully Participate - Work Hard, Play Hard! WED THU FRI SAT SUN 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 Arrive before 1:00pm Morning Devotional Morning Devotional Morning Devotional English Language
 Church Plant Visit: • 9:10am Departure • 10:00am Worship Lakeside Cov. Church • Steve Anderson • lakesidecov.org Get behind the scenes, worship together, and see a new Covenant Church Plant in action! Teachback Teachback Teachback 7 Systems of a Healthy Missional Church Connections: Follow- Up and Engagement Stage 2: Preview & Doing the ‘W’ Connections Lab 1 1 : 0 0 - 1 1 : 1 5 M I D - M O R N I N G B R E A K Evangelism: leading people one step closer to Jesus Ministry & Mission (CMJ) Stage 3: Soft Launch
 Stage 4: Hard Launch Debrief + Q&A Lab Time Children’s Ministry Send: Consecration & Commissioning 1:00pm Intros & Welcome 1 2 : 3 0 - 1 : 3 0 L U N C H Español/Spanish Language Church Plant Visit: • 1:30pm Worship Nuevo Pacto Church • Pastor Mauricio Dell’Arciprete • newcovc.org Prerequisites & WCPP Evangelism Lab Stewardship Fund Raising & Donor Development Biblical & Spiritual Foundations Worship Stewardship Lab Finances Lab Time 3 : 0 0 - 3 : 3 0 A F T E R N O O N B R E A K English Speakers:
 Done by 2:00pm
 Rides to Airport Spanish Speakers:
 Fly out early evening Travel safe, and 
 thanks for being together this week :) We’re praying for you, your people, and the thriving church God has called you to plant! Identity: Vision, Mission, & Core Values Worship Lab Discipleship Getting Started: Facilities, Admin/Legal Leadership Development Discipleship Lab Lab: Complete WCPP DCP Panel Discussion Culture: Development & Communication Four-Stage Launch: Launching Strong Self-Care Lab Time Leadership Development Lab Stage 1: Launch Team Development Lab Time: WCPP Review with DCP 6 : 1 5 D I N N E R Concert of Prayer & Worship Service Free Evening Special Fun Night Out Free Evening WED THU FRI SAT SUN
  3. 3. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Getting Around Key Locations 
 PAGE WEDNESDAY2 Oak Ridge Hotel & 
 Conference Center 1 Oak Ridge Drive
 Chaska, MN 55318 oakridgeminneapolis.com
 Minneapolis/St. Paul 
 International Airport (Msp) 4300 Glumack Drive
 Minneapolis, MN 55111 www.mspairport.com Church Plant #1 | English Language Lakeside Covenant Church Meets at Bluff Creek Elementary School
 2300 Coulter Blvd, 
 Chanhassen, MN 55317 lakesidecov.org Church Plant #2 | Español/Spanish Language Iglesia Nuevo Pacto | New Covenant Church Meets at Bethlehem Covenant Church
 3141 43rd Ave S, 
 Minneapolis, MN 55406 newcovc.org
  4. 4. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Table of Contents Intros & Orientation 5 ............................................. Why Are We Here? Why Plant Churches? 9 ......................................... The Four Commissionings of Jesus Planting a Healthy Missional Church Prerequisites for Covenant Agreement 17 ............. A Well-Conceived Church Planting Plan 19 .......... What is a WCPP? Top 7 Challenges Facing Church Planters 1.0 | Prayer 2.0 | 10 Healthy Missional Markers 3.0 | Identity 4.0 | Marketing Plans 5.0 | Demographics 6.0 | Normal & Natural Pathways 7.0 | Evangelism/Discipleship Plan 8.0 | Leaders Development 9.0 | Model of Ministry 10.0 | Financial Plans & Budgeting 11.0 | Funding the Church Plant 12.0 | Launch Team Development 13.0 | Gathering Events and Strategies 14.0 | Core Ministries 15.0 | Strategic Launch Plan 16.0 | Church Location & Facility 17.0 | Behavioral Covenant 18.0 | Commitment to Self-Care Biblical and Spiritual Foundations 49 .................... Sample Prayer Covenant Developing a Prayer Warrior Network Identity: Shaping Church Culture 55 ..................... Church Culture 59 .................................................. Clarity Communication Control Celebration & Correction Character 7 Systems of a Healthy Church 68 ........................ The Outreach System The Worship System The Small Groups System Bonus Systems: Pastoral, Reproductive *[Remaining Systems in separate sections] Leadership Development 79 .................................. Six Christian Leadership Styles Understand Your Leadership Style The Leadership System 84 .................................... The Connections System 87 ................................. The Ministry/Mission System 89 ........................... The Stewardship System 91 .................................. Finances 95 .......................................................... Discipleship 97 ...................................................... Fruitfulness & Sustainability 101 ............................ Launching Strong 102 ........................................... 30-60-90 Project Revitalization Process 21 Insights on Fast-Growing Church Plants Four-Stage Launch Process 107 ........................... Stage 1: Launch Team Development 109 .............. Sample Plan: Launch Team Development Stage 2: Preview Worship/Ministry Dev. 117 ......... Stage 3: Soft Launch/Weekly Worship 121 ........... Stage 4: Hard Launch/‘Grand Opening’ 121 ......... Helpful “People Growth” Equation Outreach Launch Plan Samples 123 ..................... Children’s Ministry 131 .......................................... Funding the Vision 133 .......................................... Fundraising Fundraising Tips for Church Planters Fundraising Letter Template Ministry Development Workshop Getting Started: Facilities 145 ............................... Getting Started: Admin & Legal 147 ...................... Addendum 1: Articles of Incorporation Addendum 2: Secretary of State Letter Addendum 3: ECC 501c3 Letter Personal Care & Development 159 ........................ Ten Best Practices for Health and Wellness Covenant for Self-Care Church Plant Visits 163 ......................................... Worship Service Observation Guide 164 ............... Church Multiplication 169 ...................................... Consecration & Commissioning 171 ..................... Church Planting Mistakes 175 ............................... Potential New Church Timeline 181 ...................... Equipment Needs for Public Worship 183 ............. Book & Resource Recommendations 186 ........... Web Resources 187 ............................................... Top Tens! 188 ......................................................... Top Ten Church Planting Maxims Top Ten Reasons for Starting New Churches 10 Healthy Missional Markers PAGE WEDNESDAY3
  5. 5. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: PAGE WEDNESDAY4
  6. 6. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Wednesday 1:00 PM Intros & Orientation Getting to Know Your Covenant Church Planting Family Covenant Director of Church Planting • Alex Rahill (serves under SSC) Conference DCPs & Church Planting Staff • Mike Brown, Northwest (+AK)
 and Training Coordinator • Jason Condon, East Coast
 and Coaching Systems Coordinator • Brian Johnson, Midwest • Fil Nesta, Midwest Director of Hispanic Ministries (+ Covenant Church Planting), 
 and Assessment Coordinator • Dave Olson, Pacific Southwest (+ Midsouth) • Glenn Peterson, Canada • Alan Tumpkin, Great Lakes (with more Conference and Denominational Church Planting staffing in the works!)
 Start and Strengthen Churches (SSC) • John Wenrich, Executive Minister • Shaun Marshall, 
 Director of Congregational Vitality “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 foundational 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, in more places, among more populations, with the hope of Christ.” covchurch.org/what-we-do/strengthen-churches Support Staff • ElenaClaire Lindholtz • Ryan Thompson
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  7. 7. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • 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 (better yet, possibly subscribe to) PAGE WEDNESDAY6
  8. 8. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • 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 Planting Plan: develop a strategic timeline and detailed planning calendar for the first year that includes the four stages, special events, and key milestones • Others: Online Resource Folder | goo.gl/NhfvSP Digital resources from this and several previous Trainings, includes: • Well-Conceived Church Planting Plan Template - a template and guideline used to craft the vision, cores values, identity, timeline, and strategy for a new church plant • Handouts, Slides, Forms, etc. from many of the presentations • and more! PAGE WEDNESDAY7 “We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” ~ Archilochus,
 Greek Soldier, 650 BC “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” ~ The Apostle Paul
 (1 Timothy 4:8, NIV)
  9. 9. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: PAGE WEDNESDAY8
  10. 10. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Why Plant Churches? When We Plant a Healthy Missional Church: 1. We Reach people who are far from God. • Research shows that new churches have a higher conversion rate than any other evangelistic activity. However, new churches have also proven to be the best method of reaching new1 generations, new residents, and new people groups. 2. We follow Jesus’ mandate to make Disciples. • Planting new churches helps us to obey Jesus command to make disciples of every person that we can. However, the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20) is not just a call to ‘make disciples’ but to ‘baptize’. In Acts and elsewhere, it is clear that baptism means incorporating somebody into a local worshipping community (Acts 2:41-47). A new church not only helps reach new people but to bring them into the family of God and help them grow as disciples.
 3. Compassion is unleashed. • Throughout the New Testament we see new churches unleashing compassion in their local communities. We see resources shared, the hungry fed and God’s goodness poured out through His people. This of course is what it means to “be like Jesus” who showed and shared the love of Father throughout his life. Jesus came serving and saving (Luke 4:18). Our Lord fed the hungry and shared the gospel. He healed the sick and preached the kingdom. Missional churches are not just focused on good news but also on good deeds. In fact, in the church of Jerusalem, good deeds led to good will which led to good news being shared (Acts 2:41-47).
 4. The planting church experiences increased Health and Benefit. • Despite what some may think, the typical church that starts a new church tends to do better itself. One reason is because churches committed to starting new churches focus on developing and deploying leaders while engaging people with the gospel. These efforts help the mother church grow in its own ministry muscle and impact while planting new churches. One study demonstrated that churches which started other churches experienced a 22% increase in their own worship attendance over the next 5 years, while financial giving increased 48%.2 Stafford, Tim (2007, September). Go and Plant Churches of All Peoples, Christianity Today.
1 Article discusses why crusades and personal witnessing are no longer the cutting edge of evangelism. Data from Dr. Jeffrey Farmer’s PhD  dissertation, “Church Planting Sponsorship,” New Orleans Seminary, 20072 PAGE WEDNESDAY9 “Go and make disciples of all nations…” ~ Jesus
 (Matthew 28:19-20)
  11. 11. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 5. It allows us have Greater Influence for Christ throughout our region. • For any movement to thrive, it has to plant churches. According to Ed Stetzer, “Statistically speaking, if a population just wants to "break even," it has to plant at least at a three percent level—a denomination of 100 churches has to plant 3 to stay even considering attrition. A five percent increase is needed to grow. Ten percent is needed to thrive.” 3 • If we honestly believe the Evangelical Covenant Church is a great place for people to find Christ, then we need to expand our kingdom influence by planting churches. Healthy missional churches are God’s plan for reaching lost people, reaching new people groups, reaching new generations, making disciples, unleashing compassion, revitalizing his church, transforming communities and expanding kingdom influence in our world! This is why the ECC is committed to planting an increasing number of churches in an increasing number of communities. 3 Reflection Questions 1. Which of these points resonates with you most deeply? Why?
 
 
 
 2. Why is your group interested in church planting?
 
 
 
 
 
 3. What goals does your group have for church planting? 
 Stetzer, Ed (2014, June) 5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches, Christianity Today3 PAGE WEDNESDAY10
  12. 12. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The Biblical Basis for Church Planting  What is church planting? Church planting is the name we use to describe the process by which new churches are started. In the NT we see new churches… • Evangelized into existence • Discipled into maturity • Unleashed to show and share the love of Christ In most cases a church plant is distinctive because it is: • Self-funded • Self-governing • Self-propagating The phrase “church planting” is not found in the Bible, but it is used by Christians to describe the process found in the Scriptures by which churches are started. The Apostle Paul is a prime example of a church planter and we will return to his process at the end. So why church planting? In response to the commissions of Jesus, the disciples went out and preached the Gospel, made Disciples and ultimately planted Churches! • For example—when Thomas heard the words of Jesus in John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me so send I you” he responded by going and planting churches AS FAR AS EAST INDIA. And even today there are churches in EAST INDIA that speak of themselves as descendants of those churches! Common objections to planting: • Rescue the Perishing syndrome • Already Reached myth • Professional-Church syndrome • Parish Church mind-set • Large Church mentality • Western Christianity is in Hopeless Decline PAGE WEDNESDAY11
  13. 13. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: PAGE WEDNESDAY12
  14. 14. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The Four Commissionings of Jesus 1. We are Sent • Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20 2. To “All Kinds of people” • He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.” - Luke 24:46-48 3. With a Message • “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8 4. Empowered by the Spirit 4 Conclusions of the 4 Commissions We are… 1. Sent by Jesus 2. To “all kinds of people” 3. With a message 4. Empowered by the Spirit PAGE WEDNESDAY13 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” ~ Jesus
 (John 20:21) “The commissions of Jesus give us the biblical basis for the planting of Jesus’ churches” ~ Ed Stetzer
  15. 15. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Paul’s example in the New Testament The Pauline Cycle (David Hesselgrave) 1. Commissioning of church planters 2. Target audience is Contacted 3. The Gospel being Communicated 4. The hearers are Converted 5. Believers are Congregated 6. Faith is Confirmed 7. Leaders are Consecrated 8. Believers are Commended 9. Cycle starts again… Reflection Questions: 1. Why do you want to plant churches? 2. What’s the difference between church revitalization and planting new churches? 3. Which of the common objections to planting churches have you personally wrestled with? How about those around you? Why? 4. How will you make sure that the gospel is being planted and preached? 5. What’s your group’s/church’s plan to serve locally, plant nationally, and be engaged in unreached areas globally? 
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  16. 16. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Planting a Healthy Missional Church “Go and make disciples of all nations…” - Matthew 28:19-20 When we plant a Healthy Missional Church: 1. We reach people who are far from God. • Research shows that new churches have a higher conversion rate than any other evangelistic activity.4 • However, new churches have also proven to be the best method of reaching new generations, new residents, and new people groups. 2. We follow Jesus’ mandate to make disciples. • Planting new churches helps us to obey Jesus command to make disciples of every person that we can. • However, the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20) is not just a call to ‘make disciples’ but to ‘baptize’. In Acts and elsewhere, it is clear that baptism means incorporating somebody into a local worshipping community (Acts 2:41-47). • A new church not only helps reach new people but to bring them into the family of God and help them grow as disciples. 3. Compassion is unleashed. • Throughout the New Testament we see new churches unleashing compassion in their local communities. We see resources shared, the hungry fed and God’s goodness poured out through His people. This of course is what it means to “be like Jesus” who showed and shared the love of Father throughout his life. Jesus came serving and saving (Luke 4:18). Our Lord fed the hungry and shared the gospel. He healed the sick and preached the kingdom. • Missional churches are not just focused on good news but also on good deeds. In fact, in the church of Jerusalem, good deeds led to good will which led to good news being shared (Acts 2:41-47). 4. The planting church experiences increased health and benefit. • Despite what some may think, the typical church that starts a new church tends to do better itself. One reason is because churches committed to starting new churches focus on developing and deploying leaders while engaging people with the gospel. • These efforts help the mother church grow in its own ministry muscle and impact while planting new churches. One study demonstrated that churches which started other churches experienced a 22% increase in their own worship attendance over the next 5 years, while financial giving increased 48%.5 Stafford, Tim (2007, September). Go and Plant Churches of All Peoples, Christianity Today. Article discusses why crusades4 and personal witnessing are no longer the cutting edge of evangelism. Data from Dr. Jeffrey Farmer’s PhD dissertation, “Church Planting Sponsorship,” New Orleans Seminary, 20075 PAGE WEDNESDAY15
  17. 17. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 5. It allows us have greater influence for Christ throughout our region. • For any movement to thrive, it has to plant churches. According to Ed Stetzer, “Statistically speaking, if a population just wants to "break even," it has to plant at least at a three percent level—a denomination of 100 churches has to plant 3 to stay even considering attrition. A five percent increase is needed to grow. Ten percent is needed to thrive.”6 • If we honestly believe the Evangelical Covenant Church is a great place for people to find Christ, then we need to expand our kingdom influence by planting churches. Healthy Missional Churches are God’s plan for reaching lost people! • They reach new people groups, reaching new generations, making disciples, unleashing compassion, revitalizing his church, transforming communities and expanding kingdom influence in our world. • This is why the ECC is committed to planting an increasing number of churches in an increasing number of communities. Stetzer, Ed (2014, June) 5 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches, Christianity Today6 PAGE WEDNESDAY16
  18. 18. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Wednesday 1:30 PM Prerequisites for Covenant Agreement 4 Key Prerequisites for Covenant Agreement Signing (minimums) • 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 Conference & Covenant) • 1 Support Church: at least one church in place as a 
 Parent, Partner, or Mission Friend Church • Well Conceived Planting Plan for Church Planting: bit.ly/2amFXZA Working Definitions for Support Churches Misc. • Incorporation, EIN, Tax-Exempt Status, & Covenant Certificate of Fellowship • CovConnect Profile, Pension, Benefits • Conference-specific administrative pieces 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, 
 and cousins” CHURCH NETWORKS: (parish, multi-site, campus…) Emerging Category: Everything a Parent Church provides, plus significant ongoing coordination, collaboration, and regional impact. Think “Whole Household & Extended Family” PAGE WEDNESDAY17
  19. 19. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Room Activity: 3 Groups, 3 Minutes, 3 Bullet Points Each Group takes on One Key Prerequisite 
 (from the first three: Launch Team, Funding, Support Church) 1. Take three minutes
 2. Construct three bullet points
 • 
 
 
 
 
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 3. Convince the other two groups your prerequisite is the most important one! PAGE WEDNESDAY18
  20. 20. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP A Well-Conceived Church Planting Plan Table of Contents Instructions for Using Template Plan Checklist “A Well-Conceived Church Planting Plan” Top 7 Challenges Facing Church Planters 1.0 | Prayer 1.1 | Prayer Action Plan 1.2 | Intercessory Prayer Team 1.3 | Prayer and God 1.4 | Prayer Covenant 2.0 | 10 Healthy Missional Markers 3.0 | Identity 3.1 | Seed Verse 3.2 | Church Name 3.3 | Vision 3.4 | Core Values 4.0 | Marketing Plans 5.0 | Demographics 5.1 | Demographic Studies 5.2 | MissionInsite 5.3 | Community Assessment 6.0 | Normal & Natural Pathways 7.0 | Evangelism & Discipleship 7.1 | First 12 Months 7.2 | Action Plan 8.0 | Leadership Development 8.1 | Identifying Leaders 8.2 | Equipping Leaders 8.3 | Staffing Plan 9.0 | Model of Ministry 10.0 | Financial Plans & Budgeting 10.1 | Income Sources First Year 10.2 | Anticipated Expenses First Year 10.3 | Spreadsheet 11.0 | Funding the Plant 11.1 | Support Churches 11.2 | Individual Donors and Supporters 12.0 | Launch Team Development 13.0 | Gathering 13.1 | Laborers for the Harvest 13.2 | Activities or Events 14.0 | Core Ministries 14.1 | Ministry Team Staffing 14.2 | Training 14.3 | Resourcing 15.0 | Strategic Launch Plan 15.1 | 12 Month Schedule 15.2 | Sample Benchmarks 16.0 | Church Location and Facility 16.1 | Why this location? 16.2 | Pros and Cons 16.3 | Facility Selection Checklist 17.0 | Behavioral Covenant 17.1 | Who are we? 17.2 | Creating Unity and Harmony 17.3 | Commitments 17.4 | Sample Behavioral Covenant 18.0 | Commitment to Self-Care 18.1 | Covenant for Self-Care
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  21. 21. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Instructions for Using Template Two Options | Online or File Download: Short URL: bit.ly/2amFXZA • Online Google Doc Users (recommended): o File → Make a copy... o Rename and Save to Your Personal “Google Drive” • Download Your Own Copy: o File → Download as o Choose Preferred File type (.docx, .pdf. etc.) o Save to Computer/Device Plan Checklist 1. Prayer Focus Outlined 2. Intercessory Prayer Team Recruited 3. Plan to live into Healthy Missional Markers 4. Identity Plan Completed (Seed Verse, Name, Vision, Core Values) 5. Marketing Plans 6. Demographics Report on Target Area Completed 7. Community Assessment Report Done 8. Normal & Natural Pathways Defined 9. Evangelism/Discipleship Plan 10. Leadership Development Plan
 11. Delineated Model of Ministry 12. Finances — Budget and Cash Flow for first 12 Months 13. Funding in Place 14. Support Church(es) recruited 15. Launch Team Gathered 16. Gathering Plans/Events Scheduled 17. Core Ministry Teams Identified 18. 12-Month Launch Plan outlined 19. Location and Facility Identified 20. Behavioral Covenant Created 21. Self-Care Plan
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  22. 22. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP What is a WCPP? Before planting a church, each church planting pastor, sensing the call of God to plant, must ask some very important questions... • What will this cost in terms of time, money, and resources? • Who will we reach? • Where will we plant? • What will be the unique DNA of this new church? • How will we live out of that uniqueness? • Who will partner with us? • Where will the laborers and initial resources come from? These are just a few of the questions each planting pastor must wrestle with prior to beginning the process of planting a new church. In our system these questions must be answered prior to the signing of a Covenant Agreement, which is our contract with a planting pastor. Contained in this resource are some templates, tools, and worksheets that will help in the process of developing a strong church planting proposal. These are intended to help in developing a plan but we fully realize that each situation and opportunity is unique and you will need to contextualize the resources to fit your circumstances. The first thing we will ask you to develop is a strong intercessory prayer team, and a strong prayer ministry within the growing church. This is first and foremost a spiritual exercise and you WILL come under spiritual attack. Church planting means you will be operating behind enemy lines the entire time you are planting, so prayer is foundational. The proposal will explain where the focus of ministry will be, who you are attempting to reach, any partnerships anticipated, funding, where you will meet, how the church will be structured, how the church will be staffed, and an explanation of why you believe this plan will accomplish the goals you have set. The proposal will also contain a clear description of the vision behind this new church (the big, scary, God-given dream of what this could be), the mission statement (a stated plan for how you will live into the vision), and the core values (the non-negotiables you will build this ministry on) driving this new work. The proposal will also include a budget, a plan for the first 18 months of the church including a calendar of events that will outline the gathering strategy, an outreach/evangelism plan, launch team meetings, discipleship activities, serving opportunities, community engagement, ministry team building, and worship gatherings, with a clear plan to achieve the benchmarks as discussed in the Church Planter Training Intensive (CPTI), and as outlined by your church planting coach or Director of Church Planting. This may seem like a very intensive process to go through to see a new church begin, but it is for your benefit that we ask you to be prayerful, strategic and have a fully developed plan. We want you to be wise about the planting process. We also want you to count the cost prior to beginning a planting project. Our goal is for you to bring this project to life in a healthy, well- thought out way that will result in a thriving church that will be both fruitful and sustainable. 
 PAGE WEDNESDAY21 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’” – Jesus (Luke 14:28-30 NIV)
  23. 23. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Top 7 Challenges Facing Church Planters 7 1. Leadership development and reproducing culture 2. Financial self-sufficiency and viability 3. Team development and volunteer mobilization 4. Systems, processes and cultures 5. Vision casting and avoiding mission drift 6. Evangelism and discipleship 7. Spiritual, physical and mental health of planter and family This list was included because this study confirms the necessity for a well-conceived plan that addresses all of these topics. It is important that we begin by thinking through all of these key components of healthy, missional church planting. From Exponential-Sifted. 7 Top Challenges Study done by Todd Wilson (Exponential Director) and Ed Stetzer (Lifeway7 Research) and many other planters and Directors of Church Planting PAGE WEDNESDAY22
  24. 24. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 1.0 | Prayer The very first thing you must do as one called to plant a new church is to really seek God on every decision. Jesus never did anything in His ministry that He did not bring before His Father in prayer. In John 8:28, Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” (NIV) The single most important thing you can do is bathe everything you do in prayer and ask others to join you in bringing each decision before the Father. Don’t just invite God to join you in what you’ve decided to do, but learn to faithfully follow God where He’s already at work and is calling you to join Him. Spiritual warfare is real. We probably need to say that again, “Spiritual warfare is real.” Don’t dismiss how badly the evil one wants you to fail, get distracted, or be defeated. And He won’t come at you in his red jammies holding a pitchfork, because any Christ follower would know how to handle that. Instead he will attack in subtle ways that will pull you away from doing the things God is calling you to do, that cause you to be unable to fulfill God’s plan, or he will attack your family, marriage, relationships, or finances. Prayer is job one in church planting. 1.1 | Prayer Action Plan Begin by praying and asking God whom you should ask to become prayer intercessors for you, your family and this new work. 1. Assemble a list of possible intercessors. 2. Contact them all and invite them to be on your team. (The suggestion is that you have at least 30 people on your intercession team, and that you develop a smaller team of very close friends or family who you can call at any time with emergency needs.) 3. Have them all fill out the Prayer Covenant (a sample is at the end of this section). After they’ve completed it, copy it and send a copy back to them to place somewhere to remind them to pray for you, for your family, and the church regularly. 4. Many have created a magnet with a family photo on it, the name of the church, and the words, “Please pray for us.” This can be placed on the refrigerator of those who commit to pray as a constant reminder not to neglect this sacred duty. 5. Make a commitment to share prayer needs regularly (typically monthly in the form of a newsletter). Be sure to include not just requests but the answers to previous requests you asked your team to be praying about. 6. Commit, as the pastor of this new work, to pray at least weekly for your intercessors. They are also stepping out into dangerous territory by committing to support you and the church. 7. Renew your Prayer Covenants each year and add people as some drop off the list. We have included several good prayer resources in this section. Make sure you build a strong team and commit to be a church that prays about everything. Seek God for clarity, give Him thanks for His provision and protection, and ask very specifically for what you need. God delights in answering our prayers. PAGE WEDNESDAY23
  25. 25. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 1.2 | Intercessory Prayer Team 1. 26. 2. 27. 3. 28. 4. 29. 5. 30. 6. 31. 7. 32. 8. 33. 9. 34. 10. 35. 11. 36. 12. 37. 13. 38. 14. 39. 15. 40. 16. 41. 17. 42. 18. 43. 19. 44. 20. 45. 21. 46. 22. 47. 23. 48. 24. 49. 25. 50. PAGE WEDNESDAY24
  26. 26. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 1.3 | Prayer and God Key Scriptures on Prayer 1. Psalm 127:1-2, Pray that God will build this new church and give you freedom from anxiety and worry. 2. Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7, Pray that God will reveal to you the things you need to know to fulfill your call to plant this church. 3. Galatians 5:22-23, Pray that God will fill you with the fruit of His Holy Spirit in every situation, meeting and setting. 4. Galatians 6:9, Pray that God will give you and your team the strength you need to keep going, even in the face of challenges and trials. 5. Joshua 11:15, Pray that you will do all that you need to do and leave nothing undone that needs to be done. 6. Proverbs 16:18, Pray that God will protect your heart from becoming prideful. 7. Matthew 28:19, Pray that God will use you to fulfill this Great Commission 8. 1 John 1:9, Pray that you will always have transparency in your relationship with God 9. Acts 6:7, Pray that wherever God leads you the Word of God will spread and have impact. 10. John 17:15, Pray that God would protect you, your family and this new church each day. 11. Galatians 6:9, Pray that you and those who gather with you to start this new work would not grow fatigued and never give up. 12. 2 Peter 3:9, Pray that as God sends you out to start this new work that none would perish, but find eternal life, where you bring the Word. 13. Psalm 37:4, Pray that you would wake up each day and delight yourself in the Lord. 14. Psalm 91, Pray that the protection and deliverance of God would be yours each day and in every circumstance. 15. I Corinthians 15:58, Pray that you and your team would be steadfast, and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain. 16. Ephesians 4:1-7, Pray that God would maintain the unity of the church through everything you encounter. 17. Ephesians 6:10-20, Pray that God would place the full armor on you and all those who engage this ministry as you enter enemy territory. 18. Philippians 2:14-15, Pray that you might be lights in a very dark world. 19. Philippians 4:19, Pray that God would supply all that you need as you move through this planting experience. 20. Acts 26, Pray that we would always have boldness to proclaim the Gospel no matter the circumstances. 21. John 15, Pray that we would care as much as God does for that one lost soul. 22. Luke 10:25-37, Pray that we would always have our neighbor’s best interests at heart. 23. Luke 11:1-13, Ask God to continually teach each of us how to pray and trust. 24. Matthew 6:19-24, Pray that our treasures would be accumulating in heaven as we seek to live into God’s call on our lives. 25. Acts 2:47, Pray that the Lord would add to your number daily those who are being saved. PAGE WEDNESDAY25
  27. 27. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 1.4 | The ______________ Covenant Church Prayer Covenant We will pray for the ________________ Covenant church planting team regularly, remembering their need for: • God’s Protection From The Evil One. o 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. o 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. o 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. o 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. o Ephesians 4:1-3 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” We will pray for the people in the _________________ area so that they: • Would Be Released From Satan To Follow Jesus As Lord. o 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. o 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.” 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. _________________________________________________ Prayer Partner PAGE WEDNESDAY26
  28. 28. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 2.0 | 10 Healthy Missional Markers Describe How Your Church Will Live into the 10 Healthy Missional Markers. 1. The Centrality of the Word of God 2. Life Transforming Walk With Jesus 3. Intentional Evangelism 4. Transforming Communities Through active Compassion, Mercy & Justice Ministries 5. Global Perspective and Engagement 6. Compelling Christian Community 7. Heartfelt Worship 8. Sacrificial and Generous Living and Giving 9. Culture of Godly Leadership 10. Fruitful Organizational Structures 3.0 | Identity 3.1 | Seed Verse What passage of Scripture or Seed Verse best articulates the call you have to plant this new church? 3.2 | Church Name What is the name and how does it fit with the seed passage or verse? PAGE WEDNESDAY27
  29. 29. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 3.3 | Our Vision: What do you hope to become? Developing your Vision statement 8 Vision Must: • Be God given—it comes through prayer, fasting and waiting on God. • Be Future focused • Flow out of God’s purposes and plans for this new church • Be God’s assignment for your particular ministry. The Test of a Godly Vision: • Should be so big that without God you are destined to fail • Should promote faith, and not fear • Should move people to action • May create a holy discontent in people • Will glorify God and not the pastor or other people If this church could do anything for God over the next few years, and know with certainty that it would happen, what would it be? The Vision of this new church is… Adapted from “How to Plant a Church in the 21st Century” by Bob Logan and Tom Clegg8 PAGE WEDNESDAY28
  30. 30. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 3.4 | Our Core Values The Values below will allow us to create the church and community we believe God is calling us to be. These are the non-negotiable convictions and priorities that guide all our actions. The Core Values of this new church are: • • • • • • (Try to limit to 3-6 Core Values) 4.0 | Marketing Plans Describe your plans to get the word out about your church: • Logo design • Website • Facebook page • Twitter Account/Other Social Media • Street signage for Sunday gatherings • Posters/flyers/door hangers to let the community know that you are there, worship times, contact info, etc. • Other PAGE WEDNESDAY29
  31. 31. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 5.0 | Demographics Before you plant you always need to do a “soil analysis.” One of the very first steps in planting a new church is to learn all you can about the people and the community where you are hoping to plant. You need to be the most informed person about your neighborhood or community you can possibly be. If you want to meet the needs of the people in your community, then you need to know what those needs are.
 5.1 | Results of a Good Demographic Study: • You will know who lives in the area you are planning to plant. • You will know the community trends, age demographics, educational achievement, income levels, and shifts that are happening. • You will be able to identify who your target group or groups are. • You will be able to identify the needs of the groups you are targeting. • You will know the basic social dynamics of the groups in your target area. • You will have a snapshot of the beliefs of the key groups in your area.
 Key Demographics to Pay Attention to: • Population/Household trends • Ethnicity of the community • Population and age trends of the children in your community • Household family types • Adult educational attainment • Employment statistics • Religious practices • Preferred church styles, leadership etc. A good demographic study may take 15-20 hours to complete. PAGE WEDNESDAY30
  32. 32. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Steps to Complete a Demographic Study 1. Define the geographical boundaries of your study. Decide on the area your ministry will reach. In most cases this will not be more than a 2-3 mile radius from the center of the community you are trying to reach and in large cities may be much smaller. As you define the study area think about natural boundaries, specific people groups you hope to reach, where the schools are located, and other key defining characteristics. 2. Take a Windshield/Walk-Thru Survey of the Community or Neighborhood. Drive and walk through the community and take notice of the people, the schools, the businesses, churches, recreational facilities, playgrounds and parks. Look to see how many houses are for sale, how much of the community is multi-family housing, the level of poverty or affluence, public transportation, etc. Be a detective and look for good clues that will help you as you develop your plan. 3. Check with the Chamber of Commerce, City Government, Schools, Police Dept., etc. They can often confirm what you’ve been seeing and hearing, or disclose information you wouldn’t have found any other way. 5.2 | MissionInsite The Evangelical Covenant Church provides you with access to a demographic tool called MissionInsite. www.missioninsite.com • This resource is available for unlimited use as the costs are covered by your conference and the denomination. This resource will allow you to customize the reporting area so you can get the information you need. Remember, the more heavily populated the area is, the smaller the geography you will want to generate reports on. • Your Director of Church Planting will give you an access code and instructions so you can establish an account to use this resource. Gather as much community information as you possibly can. Filter out what will be helpful as you begin to develop more specifics. Utilize the video helps and the worksheets that are provided. • Utilize the MissionInsite ExecutiveInsite Worksheet, drawing information from the ExecutiveInsite report, to begin building a better understanding of your community: (worksheet found on MissionInsite.com webpage under Resources) Discovering Ministry Opportunities with MissionInsite You may create an ExecutiveInsite report for any ministry area. Each ExecutiveInsite report is organized around 12 themes or “Insites” which are strategic for discovering ministry opportunities. ExecutiveInsite may be used to analyze regional as well as local areas including neighborhood block groups. When using community based information to analyze ministry opportunities we suggest you consider how far people readily travel for work or shopping in order to define your ministry area. You may also want to consider natural, regional, or transportation barriers that impact your location within a ministry area. PAGE WEDNESDAY31
  33. 33. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 5.3 | Community Assessment Following the demographic study, we suggest utilizing a resource like, Rapid Community Assessment by David Mills (available through Amazon). This resource gets you out in the community to confirm the information you gleaned through your work with the demographic tool. It is a simple community survey tool that can help you build your plan. Key Questions to Ask: 1. What do you think are the greatest needs in this community? 2. What are the key things you think I should know about this community? 3. If you were looking for a church, what kind of things would you look for? 4. What advice do you have for me as a pastor of a new church 5. Who else do you think I should talk to about the community? 6. Are you an active member of a nearby church? 7. Are you interested in hearing more about the new church? 6.0 | Normal & Natural Pathways How will your church: 1. Make Disciples 2. Evangelize People 3. Reproduce Leaders 4. Instill a Stewardship Culture 5. Multiply Churches that Multiply Churches PAGE WEDNESDAY32
  34. 34. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 7.0 | Evangelism/Discipleship Plan 7.1 | First 12 Months In the first 12 months of this new church what will be the evangelism/discipleship strategies you will utilize to reach your community or neighborhood? (Please reference this Church Planter Training Workbook for examples and ideas) 7.2 | Action Plan List three (3) specific action plans you will implement to make sure this is “baked into the DNA” of the new church. 1. 2. 3. PAGE WEDNESDAY33
  35. 35. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 8.0 | Leaders Development 8.1 | How will you identify leaders? 8.2 | How will you equip leaders? 8.3 | Describe your staffing plan. PAGE WEDNESDAY34
  36. 36. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 9.0 | Model of Ministry What will the normal rhythms be for this community of believers? • Worship Times And Locations • Small Groups, Missional Communities, House Church, Life Groups, Etc. 10.0 | Financial Plans & Budgeting 10.1 | Income Sources First Year First Year Projections for Giving, Fundraising, Appropriations 10.2 | Anticipated first year expenses 10.3 | Spreadsheet Create a simple budget spreadsheet that lists expected first year income & expenses • Budget Tools in Online Folder: goo.gl/NhfvSP under “Finances, Budgets, Fundraising, Financial Stewardship” folder PAGE WEDNESDAY35
  37. 37. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 11.0 | Funding the Church Plant 11.1 | Support Churches or Ministries: Prerequisite: You will need at least one Support Church prior to signing a Covenant Agreement. Parent/Partner Churches or Ministries commit to help the church plant in these areas: • Financial support • People sent • Other tangible support (temporary help for events, use of office equipment and space, support or hosting of events, etc.) • Prayer Support List your Parent/Partner Churches or Ministries and their level of commitment to the church plant: 1. 2. 3. 4. PAGE WEDNESDAY36
  38. 38. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 11.2 | Individual Supporters and Donors: (These are not launch team members and their tithes. This is outside fundraising.) Please list names and financial commitments. Names Support Committed Names Support Committed 1. 21. 2. 22. 3. 23. 4. 24. 5. 25. 6. 26. 7. 27. 8. 28. 9. 29. 10. 30. 11. 31. 12. 32. 13. 33. 14. 34. 15. 35. 16. 36. 17. 37. 18. 38. 19. 39. 20. 40. PAGE WEDNESDAY37
  39. 39. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 12.0 | Launch Team Development Who will help you launch this new church? You can’t do it alone and shouldn’t do it alone. Prerequisite: You will need 30-40 committed adults prior to signing a Covenant Agreement. List names of committed launch team members below. Names Names 1. 21. 2. 22. 3. 23. 4. 24. 5. 25. 6. 26. 7. 27. 8. 28. 9. 29. 10. 30. 11. 31. 12. 32. 13. 33. 14. 34. 15. 35. 16. 36. 17. 37. 18. 38. 19. 39. 20. 40. PAGE WEDNESDAY38
  40. 40. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 13.0 | Gathering Events and Strategies 13.1 | Laborers for the Harvest Every new church needs laborers and like-minded people to help implement the vision. Where will they come from? 13.2 | Activities or Events What activities or events will you use to reach people in the first 12 months of the new church? 
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  41. 41. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 14.0 | Core Ministries 14.1 | Ministry Team Staffing What ministry teams will be necessary to live into the vision? Who will lead these teams? 14.2 | Training What will you do for training? 14.3 | Resourcing How will you resource those ministries? PAGE WEDNESDAY40
  42. 42. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 15.0 | Strategic Launch Plan 15.1 | 12 Month Schedule Assuming a specific start date, outline a comprehensive 12 month schedule that lists launch team activities, outreach events, gathering events, preview services, leadership development, core ministry development, regular worship gathering dates and times. (Recommended: Use or adapt the “W” model.) PAGE WEDNESDAY41
  43. 43. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 15.2 | Sample Benchmarks/Timeline from Covenant Agreement These benchmarks will serve as helpful guidelines for measuring the healthy, missional vitality of this new church. While primarily for the purpose of focused efforts and tailored coaching, their pursuit will also indicate the viability and sustainability of this church planting project. As the church develops, these benchmarks may be adjusted accordingly with the consent of the East Coast Conference Director of Church Planting. A. Well-Conceived Planting Plan: Draft your ministry plan, discuss, and update with your coach. [Examples and template at bit.ly/covchurchplantplan] B. Initial Launch Timeline & Goals: December 2017 – June 2019 KEY: DR = Discipling Relationships, LT = Launch Team Members, WA = Worship Attendance, KM = Key Ministries Letter Grade Quality C. Discipling Relationships: Those who are intentionally receiving discipleship, with the commitment to disciple others when ready, for the ongoing reproduction of disciple-making disciples D. Launch Team Members: 1. Prerequisite of 30 Adults for Initial Launch Team before signing Agreement 2. Launch Team Members are those who’ve personally and officially committed to the full launch of Awesome Covenant Church 3. Planter provides initial list of names and contact info to DCP by Dec 1; add to list each month E. Worship Attendance: Through prayer, evangelism, invitation, events, marketing, follow-through, 
 and more, reach or surpass goals for each stage F. Key Ministries: Develop key ministries of Worship, Children, Hospitality, Follow-up & Connection, Small Groups, Evangelism & Outreach. Improve “letter grades” accordingly throughout each stage G. Worship Facility: Secure worship facility by Feb 15, 2016 that can host at least 200 worshipers H. Personal & Partner Church Fund-Raising: $85,000 1. Prerequisite of raising approximately One-Third of Funding before signing Covenant Agreement 2. Read Funding Your Ministry and Asking (both provided) by Dec 1, 2017 3. Develop a fundraising strategy in consultation with your Coach and Director of Church Planting 4. Pledges: secure pledges and commitments for at least $60,000 by Jan 1, 2018 5. Initial Fund-Raising: Receive at least $20,000 by March 1, 2016 6. Ongoing Fund-Raising: Based on initial fund-raising, set new goals and strategy for remainder I. Stewardship & Sustainability: Congregational & Financial Goals by end of each project year 1. Year 1: 130 in worship attendance, 33% progress towards Financial Self-sufficiency 2. Year 2: 160, 66% progress towards Financial Self-sufficiency 3. Year 3: 190, 100% financially self-sufficient by time Appropriations end 4. Year 4: 220, 105%, preserving or using surplus for parenting or partnering in church planting 5. Year 5: 250, 110%, using surplus for parenting or partnering in church planting J. Multiplication & Membership: Furthering the Shared Mission in Years 4-5 1. Church Planting: Parent or Partner with other churches in the planting of your first church plant 2. Member Church. Upon meeting the necessary criteria and missional viability requirements, complete process for becoming a full member congregation in the Evangelical Covenant Church
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 Outreach & Growth Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun DR: 6 8 10 12 14 20 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? LT: 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 70 70 70 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A WA: N/A N/A N/A 80 100 120 90 110 125 150 130 130 130 135 140 145 160 150 145 KM: N/A N/A C+ B- B B B+ B+ B+ A- A- A- A- A- A A A A A PAGE WEDNESDAY42
  44. 44. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 16.0 | Church Location & Facility 16.1 | Why this location? Why is this the best location for you to fulfill the vision for this new work? (Refer to section 16.3 on the next page for recommendations) 16.2 | Pros and Cons Describe the pros and cons of the location you have chosen. PAGE WEDNESDAY43
  45. 45. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 16.3 | Facility Selection Checklist Key Questions to Ask: 1. Is the location near a major road? Can you get there without complex directions or fighting traffic? 2. Is the location near the people you’re trying to reach? 3. Are there barriers that will cut you off from the people group(s) you’re trying to reach? 4. Is there adequate parking and easy access? 5. Is the facility handicapped accessible? 6. Is this a place that looks good from the curb? Does it communicate the message you want to communicate about the church? 7. Does the worship space have adequate lighting? Heat? Air conditioning? 8. Is there room for children’s ministry, hospitality ministry, and room to grow? 9. Is the space too big? Or too small? It’s okay to pack people in, but as the church grows you will need to be able to spread out. If the space feels full now guests will feel there is no place for them. 10. Are there any restrictions on churches meeting in this facility? 11. How long will the church be allowed to meet at this location? 12. How much space is available for worship? 13. Will the church be required to provide seating? 14. Are there time restrictions for the day you will meet? Do you have to be out early because of other activities? 15. Who sets up? 16. Who cleans up? 17. Any restrictions on food or beverages? 18. Will we have access to any equipment? (lighting, sound, video, etc.) 19. Is there storage available on site? 20. Will the church be allowed to put up signs outside and inside? 21. Are there parking restrictions? 22. How much will it cost? Are there any extra costs not included in the facility rent? You should visit every facility more than once, hopefully with those who will be responsible for key ministry areas, or with your DCP or coach. (hospitality, children’s, worship, etc.)
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  46. 46. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 17.0 | Behavioral Covenant Create a one page Church Behavioral Covenant for your new church 17.1 | Who are we? 17.2 | Creating Unity and Harmony How will we live in harmony and unity with each other? 17.3 | Commitments What commitments are we making regarding our faithfulness in attendance, financial support, serving, etc? PAGE WEDNESDAY45
  47. 47. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 17.4 | Sample Behavioral Covenant (or Relational Covenant) How to Talk about Change (and other highly charged topics) – so you can have “balcony conversations” where you can speak the truth in love and not have “basement conversations” where you beat-up on people who are not there or berate people and avoid speaking the truth in love. Behavioral Covenants—Holy Manners for a Faith Community: “A behavioral covenant is a written document developed by leaders from Scripture, agreed to and owned by its creators, and practiced on a daily basis as a spiritual discipline. The Covenant answers the question, “How will we behave (how will we live together?) when we don’t understand each other and when we don’t agree?” – Gil Rendle, Behavioral Covenants in Congregations Guidelines for Loving Relationships and Values to Guide Our Interaction • Colossians 3:12-17 • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-26 Example of a Behavioral Covenant from one Evangelical Covenant Church… • We seek to build each other up and not tear down. • We respect and honor the office of pastor and other lay leaders. • We seek to communicate clearly and completely. • We offer our opinions with charity and humility. • We make positive investments in one another’s lives. • We seek to discover what is best for our church as a whole, not what may be best for us or for some small group in the church. • We accept disagreement, conflict and evaluation as normal and natural. “The answers are not in the data, the answers are in the conversations you have about the data as the Holy Spirit leads and guides” PAGE WEDNESDAY46
  48. 48. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 18.0 | Commitment to Self-Care 1. Do I have the support of my spouse and family? 2. Do I have an accountability partner or spiritual director? 3. Are my personal affairs in order? • My finances, marriage, other relationships. Church planting will amplify the weak places in your life. It is another place spiritual warfare will manifest. 4. What is your plan to protect your marriage, family and home? • Describe how you will practice good self-care, Sabbath keeping, and keep yourself morally accountable. • Describe how you will build fun into this journey. • Describe your commitments to the spiritual disciplines. PAGE WEDNESDAY47
  49. 49. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 18.1 | Covenant for Self-Care For the stewardship of the life I’ve been given and the ministry to which I’ve been called in Christ Jesus… 1. I will develop the weekly habit of observing the following spiritual disciplines (beyond sermon prep and teaching opportunities). List at least 3: • • • 2. I will regularly set aside time to be present with my family for meals and family activities. 3. I will schedule and use all of my vacation time, and any other holidays and days off I am given each year, as approved by my Covenant Agreement or Letter of Call. 4. I will attend retreats and continuing education opportunities each year as outlined by the Department of Ordered Ministry and my Conference coach. 5. I will strive to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This will include regular check-ups with my Dr., and maintaining a healthy weight (unless such conformity is deemed to be risky by my physician). 6. I will engage in some form of exercise regularly (at least 3 times a week), at a level approved by my physician. List your intended exercise plan: • • 7. I commit to a healthy nutrition plan that will allow me to maintain the proper weight. 8. I will strive to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. 9. I will order my personal affairs regarding the proper documents (insurance, wills, power of attorney and guardianship for my minor children). I will make known the location of these documents to the following individuals. List at least 2: • • 10. I commit to a regular accountability relationship and/or spiritual direction. List those individuals: • • I covenant all of the above with my Director of Church Planting, and/or my coach, with whom I will share a mutual accountability relationship for our self-care as clergy. ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Church Planter Coach
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  50. 50. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Wednesday 2:00 PM Biblical and Spiritual Foundations Planting a church is first and foremost a spiritual exercise. That means this all begins and ends with prayer. It’s also abundantly clear from scripture that the evil one doesn’t want this to happen and will do whatever possible to distract, disrupt, create disunity and dysfunction. The good news is, we have the answer to all of that. Prayer Works! So, each of us needs a covering. Key Questions: 1. How will you specifically pray for this new church? 2. What does Ephesians 6 offer us as we step out in faith? 3. How will you lead your team to pray? 4. Who will you ask to be on your intercessory prayer team?
 PAGE WEDNESDAY49 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. ~Apostle Paul (Eph. 6:10-20 NIV) “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  51. 51. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: PAGE WEDNESDAY50 Work on my Well-Conceived Church Planting Plan • See Section 1.0 • Prayer: start building an action plan!
  52. 52. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • 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 needs 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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  53. 53. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • 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. 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 PAGE WEDNESDAY52
  54. 54. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP 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 their 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)
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  56. 56. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Wednesday 3:30 PM Identity: Shaping Church Culture 
 Purpose “And God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees that produce fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.” ~ Genesis 1:11 Vision What you aspire to be. The Destination you hope to reach; the preferred picture of the future. Mission How you are going to accomplish the vision. The road map or the GPS that gets you where you want to go. Core Values A set of boundaries to guide your behavior and define who you are. The guard rails along the highway that help keep you on the road , moving safely toward your destination. Activity How clear is our identity? PAGE WEDNESDAY55 It all begins with God’s Word Why is “Zera” (“seed”/scriptural foundation) important? “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” ~ Isaiah 40:8 “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” ~ Isaiah 55:11 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12
  57. 57. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Individual Work on Theme Verse, Vision, and Core 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 PAGE WEDNESDAY56 VISION & VALUES EXAMPLES: Artisan Church,
 Rochester NY 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 “Fruitful Organizational Structures”: 
 3 Circles: Worship, Guilds, Groups. 
 Ministry Calendar: strategic rhythms of outreach, evangelism, discipleship, and deployment; Quarterly Members “Gallery”; etc. Post-It Note Feedback:  • write brief helpful suggestions • slap on giant sheets near the related item
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 PAGE WEDNESDAY57 Work on my WCPP • See Section 3.0 - Identity • Who are we and what are we called to do? VISION & VALUES EXAMPLES: Lighthouse Covenant Church, Minneapolis MN lighthousempls.org Vision:
 We desire to be a multiplying movement that shares the love of God, cultivates followers of Christ and transforms our communities. Values: Simply put, we exist to cultivate followers of Jesus Christ who are:  • Christ-centered • Justice-driven • Culturally conscientious • Community oriented • Spirit-led Life Church, Canton MI lifechurchcanton.org Vision: In a nutshell, LifeChurch is a group of real people from all walks of life who are being transformed by Jesus Christ. We do this in three ways that we refer to as KNOW, GROW and GO (Matthew 28:19-20): • Know Jesus • Grow Together • Go Serve Values: 
 Our motto is: 
 “Real People. Real God. Real Life.”
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  60. 60. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Wednesday 5:00 PM Church Culture Vision and mission can paint a compelling picture of who you can be in the future, but Culture tells the truth about who you are in the present. After committing their energy to developing vision, mission and values language, many leaders start focusing on the wrong things… • New sign, better coffee hour, younger members, new bulletin, praise songs, etc. • Attitudes • Habits • Unconscious values • Unchecked sin/error • Unresolved conflict • Norms • Assumptions • Silos/Cliques • Control issues • Personalities • Historic Events Why Does Culture Matter? “Culture determines and limits strategy.”
 ~ Edgar Schein, Organizational Leadership and Culture
 
 “Toxic culture is like carbon monoxide: you don’t see or smell it, but you wake up dead!”
 ~ Samuel Chand, Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code
 
 “The fact is, culture eats strategy for lunch.”
 ~ Dick Clark, Merck (also attributed to Peter Drucker) Culture happens. Don’t let it happen to you. Instead, 
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  61. 61. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Culture Shaping Key #1: Clarity “Let us examine and probe our ways, And let us return to the LORD.” ~ Lamentations 3:40 How Culture is Cultivated (and Perpetuated) • Stories • Rituals • Artifacts • Symbols • Language • Heroes • Habits Table Talk: 1. When we talk about our Church, what Stories will we tell? Is there a Shared Language that we will use? What types of Symbols, Heroes and Habits should be mentioned whenever someone thinks about us? 2. When we evaluate our culture clues, is our vision/mission/values language 
 Accurate or Aspirational? 3. What stories, habits, and language can we use to Shape our Future?
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  62. 62. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Culture Shaping Key #2: Communication “Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity. That way you will know how to give each person an appropriate response.” ~ Colossians 4:6 Which of the four communication quadrants represents the way we currently communicate? How can we foster more honest and honorable communication? Table Talk: Where have I/we been strongest in my communication as a leader? 
 Where must I/we improve? H20 Communication Culture Dishonest Honest Honorable ▪ The Halo Effect ▪ Hero Worship ▪ Hyperbole/Rhetoric ▪ Bobbleheading ▪ Discretion ▪ Seasoned Speech ▪ Biblical Conflict Resolution ▪ Constructive Conversations Dishonorable ▪ False Witness ▪ Slander ▪ Manipulation ▪ Accusation ▪ Passive Aggression ▪ Blindsiding ▪ Attacking ▪ Gossip ▪ Bypassing ▪ Tactlessness PAGE WEDNESDAY61
  63. 63. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Culture Shaping Key #3 Control “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” ~ Acts 20:28 “Why are you the only judge? Why do you let these people crowd around you from morning till evening? That isn’t the best way to do it. You and the people who come to you will soon be worn out. The job is too much for one person; you can’t do it alone. You will need to appoint some competent leaders who respect God and are trustworthy and honest. Then put them over groups of ten, fifty, a hundred, and a thousand. Having them to share the load will make your work easier. This is the way God wants it done.” ~ Exodus 18:14-23 Table Talk: 1. How will decisions be made in our Church? How will decision-making authority be distributed? 2. How will resources be allocated and aligned when decisions are made? What normal and natural ways can we insure accountability of resources to vision and strategy? 3. How will decisions be EXECUTED? PAGE WEDNESDAY62
  64. 64. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Culture Shaping Key #4 Celebration & Correction “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”
 2 Timothy 4:2 Celebration: Celebrate culture heroes. Correction: Whatever is tolerated will be perpetuated.  Correction • Developed by words • Makes me feel loved • Draws me close • I learn a better way • I develop greater confidence • I become more responsive • I grow
 Condemnation • Damaged by words  • Makes me feel shamed • Pushes me away • I think I am bad • I develop deeper insecurity • I become more defensive • I hide
 Table Talk: 1. What people or systems will be responsible for leading celebration and correction in our Church? 2. How do we personally feel about correction? How might those feelings influence accountability in our Church? 3. How will we regularly celebrate those who are modeling the best of our culture? 4. In what ways can we practice healthy correction? PAGE WEDNESDAY63
  65. 65. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Culture Shaping Key #5 Character “Join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” ~ Philippians 3:17 “Let no one despise your youth, but be a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
 ~ 1 Timothy 4:12 When your character no longer strengthens your culture, YOU ARE NO LONGER LEADING. Table Talk: 1. How do I (how do we) model healthy, missional values and practices NOW? Where might we need to grow/change? 2. What practices, habits and language do I need to make part of my personal intentional leadership? 3. What story do we want future generations to tell about our Church? PAGE WEDNESDAY64 “…Be assured that when we speak to you we’re not after crowd approval—only God approval. Since we’ve been put through that battery of tests, you’re guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas. We never used words to butter you up. No one knows that better than you. And God knows we never used words as a smoke screen to take advantage of you. Even though we had some standing as Christ’s apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else. We weren’t aloof with you. We took you just as you were. We were never patronizing, never condescending, but we cared for you the way a mother cares for her children. We loved you dearly. Not content to just pass on the Message, we wanted to give you our hearts. And we did.” 1 Thessalonians 2:3-8
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 Older & Wiser,
 Future Me (2022)
  67. 67. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: DINNER | 6:15 PM After Dinner Concert of Prayer 
 & Worship Service (then free evening afterwards)
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  69. 69. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Thursday 10:00 AM 7 Systems of a Healthy Church Acknowledgements: ECC Church Plant Training; Nelson Searcy—Healthy Church Systems; Rick Warren—Purpose Driven Church; Thom Rainer—Simple Church Goal today • A better grasp of the underlying systems that make a healthy missional church (ie. Keys to discipleship process). • A preliminary discussion on how we can strengthen those systems in our church Introduction A healthy body requires healthy systems What happens if one of these systems begins failing? Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV In the same way… A healthy church requires healthy systems. • What are those systems? • What do healthy churches have figured out? Now you probably know more of those systems than you realize. ACTIVITY Take 5 minutes to write down your spiritual journey. Only include major milestones along the way. Start when you were far from God all the way to today. PAGE THURSDAY68
  70. 70. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Jesus summarizes a disciple-making process 1. Baptize → Teach → Go 2. Call → Train → Send 3. Evangelize → Equip → Empower The System • An organizational Habit • The Normal and Natural way we do something • Ask the “right” Question • Define the process • Ask a follow-up question: can the average person in our church do this? • Grade your system: Ask, “how can we raise this score 1-2 points in the next year? • Include o Teaching o Equipping o Participatio PAGE THURSDAY69 The Biblical Foundation Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
  71. 71. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Notes: BREAK | 11:00 AM ~ 15 Min
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  72. 72. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The 7 Systems The Outreach System Q: “How do we engage with people in our community and invite them into a relationship with Christ?” • Action steps we take to achieve this o Teach on Evangelism with practical applications: prayer, care, share o Equip people with invite card/series postcard o Create a clear easy invite event with a next step. (ie. coinciding with new series (Matthew Parties!) o Give an invitation to receive Christ every Sunday • How do we monitor success (ie. whether this is actually happening) in this area? • Our current score on a scale of 1-10 is _______ • What can we do this season to raise that score 1-2 points? • Important things to monitor in this area o Visitor flow o Attendance o Commitments to Christ PAGE THURSDAY71
  73. 73. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The 7 Systems Lab Time: The Outreach System LUNCH | 12:30 - 1:30 PM PAGE THURSDAY72 Work on my WCPP • See Section 7.0 • Evangelism 
 Action Plan
  74. 74. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The 7 Systems The Worship System Q1: “How do we plan, implement and evaluate the weekend service(s) at our church? Q2: “What is our goal on Sunday morning? What do we hope will happen for people?” • Action steps we take to achieve this o Warm greeting and hospitality at multiple touch points o Worship Design Grid 6-12 weeks out o Multiple elements for worship engagement and creative support o Evaluation of service immediately and at worship design meeting • How do we monitor success (ie. whether this is actually happening) in this area? • Our current score on a scale of 1-10 is _______ • What can we do this season to raise that score 1-2 points? BREAK | 3:00 PM ~ 30 Min
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  76. 76. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP The 7 Systems The Small Groups System Q: “How do we move people into small groups at our church in order to grow and become like Christ?” • Action steps we take to achieve this o Seamless with Connections Systems – Offer invitations at those events o Starting Point, Church Wide Initiative (CWI) o LifeGroup Connect Event • How do we monitor success (ie. whether this is actually happening) in this area? • Our current score on a scale of 1-10 is _______ • What can we do this season to raise that score 1-2 points? PAGE THURSDAY75
  77. 77. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Bonus Systems: Pastoral, Reproductive (also could include Mission, kids, etc) The Pastoral System Q: “Is our pastor healthy?” • Action steps we take to achieve this o o o • How do we monitor success (ie. whether this is actually happening) in this area? • Our current score on a scale of 1-10 is _______ • What can we do this season to raise that score 1-2 points? The Reproductive System Q: “How will we be a church that plants other churches?” • Action steps we take to achieve this o o o • How do we monitor success (ie. whether this is actually happening) in this area? • Our current score on a scale of 1-10 is _______ • What can we do this season to raise that score 1-2 points? *[Remaining Systems in separate sections]
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  78. 78. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Additional Scripture Resources: Matthew 22:37-40; Matthew 28:18-20 1. Outreach – Luke 19:10; Luke 24:45-48; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Tim 2:3-4 Matthew 28:19 2. Worship – Matthew 22:37-38; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Cor 14:26 3. Connections – Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:19 (incorporation); “one another” 4. Small Groups/Discipleship – 2 Tim. 2:2; Gal 4:19 5. Ministry/Mission – Jn 20:21; Eph 2:10; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Peter 2:9-10; 4:10-11 (CMJ) 6. Stewardship – 1 Cor. 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 9:6-8; Leviticus 27:30;   7. Leadership – 2 Tim. 2:2; 1 Tim 3:1 OUR CHECKUP System Score Next Step Leader 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 This is why church planters complete a monthly report. PAGE THURSDAY77
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  80. 80. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Thursday 4:00 PM Leadership Development 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 Developing an Apprentice, by Community Christian Church. Highly recommended. $10 at www.lulu.com/shop/community-christian-church/developing-an-apprentice/ paperback/product-21570087.html PAGE THURSDAY79 “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?
  81. 81. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP Six Christian Leadership Styles Created by Dave Olson Overview: • 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” 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? NOTE: every planter can request personalized link for online testing tool for lead pastor, staff, & teams Additional Covenant Resources: www.covchurch.org/what-we-do/develop-leaders
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  82. 82. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • 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, and Teacher
 PAGE THURSDAY81 “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 Agenda [“Pauline”] • 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 [“Petrine”] ~ Johannes Reimer,
 New Testament Scholar
  83. 83. CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING INTENSIVE MAY 16-20, 2018 • MSP # 
 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. PAGE THURSDAY82

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