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Ken Guenther. Church Planting Phases. Ken Guenther. Introduction to church planting phases. Description of the process of planting churches that can reproduce themselves The model has been developed over a period of years. Introduction to church planting phases.

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ken guenther
Ken Guenther

Church Planting Phases

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introduction to church planting phases
Introduction to church planting phases
  • Description of the process of planting churches that can reproduce themselves
  • The model has been developed over a period of years
introduction to church planting phases1
Introduction to church planting phases
  • SEND’s Six “C’s” in the Philippines
    • Contacts
    • Classes
    • Converts
    • Congregations
    • Church
    • Communication
introduction to church planting phases2
Introduction to church planting phases
  • Frontiers’ model for church plants in Muslim countries
  • Developed by Dick Scoggins and James Rockford - www.churchplantingphases.com
  • A Vision of the Possible by Daniel Sinclair
the need for church planting phases
The need for church planting phases
  • To clarify the goal of church planting
  • To understand that church planting is a process
  • To identify the next steps
  • To maintain the focus on what is most important
  • To measure progress
  • To pray more specifically
  • To appreciate the various gifts on the team
  • To decide when your job is completed
the phase descriptions
The phase descriptions
  • Agricultural analogy
  • Threshold - the place or point of entering or beginning
    • A intermediate goal
    • Change of primary focus
  • Suggested activities
    • Not all of them
    • Not only them

"So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. “

1 Corinthians 3:7

phase 1 seed preparing
Phase 1: Seed (Preparing)
  • Primary focus of church planters: the church planting team
  • Need to identify the location, team membership and strategy
  • Example from Paul: Acts 13:1-4, 15:36-16:10
phase 1 ends phase 2 begins
Phase 1 ends, Phase 2 begins
  • when most of the CP team is settled in the community, target groups and strategies are confirmed and the team is ready to focus on evangelistic ministry.
phase 2 sowing evangelizing
Phase 2: Sowing (Evangelizing)
  • Primary focus of church planters: the unbelievers in the community
  • Need to spread the seed widely
  • Example from Paul: Acts 14:1-7, 8-19
phase 2 ends phase 3 begins
Phase 2 ends, Phase 3 begins
  • when members of the team are discipling at least three believers from the intended people group.
phase 3 seedling discipling
Phase 3: Seedling (Discipling)
  • Primary focus of church planters: new believers and their networks
  • Need to teach believers to mature in Christ
  • Example from Paul: Acts 14:21-22, 20:20, 27
  • Primary focus of new believers: personal spiritual growth
phase 3 ends phase 4 begins
Phase 3 ends, Phase 4 begins
  • once there is a fellowship group of 3 or more new believers of the people group regularly meeting together.
phase 4 young plant covenanting
Phase 4: Young Plant (Covenanting)
  • Primary focus of church planters: the congregation, the Body of Christ
  • Need to develop a unified fellowship of believers
  • Example from Paul: Acts 16:4-5, 19:9-10
  • Expanding focus of discipled believers – salvation of family and friends
phase 4 ends phase 5 begins
Phase 4 ends, Phase 5 begins
  • when the fellowship reaches these criteria (“critical mass”):
    • GROUP COMMITMENT: The believers see themselves as a church
    • SIZE: Around 10 or more believers regularly involved
    • BREADTH: 3 or more married men (heads of households), and 2 or more mature women.
    • LEADERSHIP: At least 2 key believers who seem to be “elders in the making”
    • STRENGTH: Baptisms, perseverance, sharing their faith, planning for reproduction.
phase 5 fruit bearing empowering
Phase 5: Fruit bearing (Empowering)
  • Primary focus of church planters: church leaders
  • Need to train multiple mature, responsible leaders for the church
  • Example from Paul: Acts 14:23, 20:17-36
  • Expanding focus of local church leaders: discipleship of congregation
phase 5 ends phase 6 begins
Phase 5 ends, Phase 6 begins
  • when 2 or more elders are ordained and the church has embraced a Great Commission vision. The church planting team transitions to a background or support role.
phase 6 reproducing
Phase 6: Reproducing
  • Primary focus of remaining church planters: believers ready to participate in new church plants
  • Church planters need to withdraw from leadership in the church
  • Example from Paul: Acts 16:3, 18:18
  • Expanding focus of church: other communities without churches
the dna of reproduction
The DNA of reproduction
  • What can the church planters do at each phase to ensure that at the end, the church that is planted will truly be a reproducing church?
plan for reproduction in phase 1
Plan for reproduction in Phase 1
  • Choose a location that is a natural bridge to other communities that need churches.
  • Develop a strategy that is reproducible without foreign funds
plan for reproduction in phase 2
Plan for reproduction in Phase 2
  • Think of networks, not just individuals
  • Ask your new friends to introduce you to their networks
  • Cultivate relationships with respected people who can open up doors to other networks
  • Invite new believers into a discipling relationship
plan for reproduction in phase 3
Plan for reproduction in Phase 3
  • Teach the principle of reproduction to new believers from the start
  • Ask believers to teach their children what they are learning
  • Encourage new believers to share their faith in their networks
plan for reproduction in phase 4
Plan for reproduction in Phase 4
  • Teach the whole church to have a vision of reproduction
  • Ask older believers to disciple younger believers
  • Talk to believers who live far from the church about the possibility of starting another church in their area
  • Encourage the church to give financial help to evangelistic projects and other needs outside church
plan for reproduction in phase 5
Plan for reproduction in Phase 5
  • Move into the background (refuse to take the lead) to allow local believers to lead
  • Train leaders not just for preaching, but also for outreach
  • Teach extensively on the importance of reproducing churches
  • Encourage believers to pray about and suggest locations for new church plants
plan for reproduction in phase 6
Plan for reproduction in Phase 6
  • Reproduction actually happens
  • Coach or lead believers sent out by church as they plant new church
  • Encourage local leaders to continue to teach about reproduction