Steps to starting
The Church Planting Process
While there is a church planting process with steps to get started, every church plant is unique.
How each step happens in a particular church plant reflects the context and vision for the plant. What these steps look like, well, that’s where the personality of your plant comes in.
Pray, asking if God is calling you to plant a church. What type of church might God be calling you to plant?
Types of plants:
Fresh Expressions of church are new or different forms of church for a changing culture. They are highly contextual.
These new congregations come from sending churches who regularly plant new congregations. They often function in a multi-site model.
These classic church plants are the backbone of RCA church planting. They grow to be self-sustaining and independent churches that become sending churches themselves.
Prepare to Grow
Once you’ve completed the assessments and have a plan to move forward, you have to prepare to grow. And that takes some work. Growing a church plant involves relationship as we walk you through the process. This process includes forming partnerships, getting training, developing a New Congregation Plan, and forming an oversight team.
Now that you have done the preparation, you’ve launched your church plant. Congratulations! It’s time to grow. Just like plants take some time to grow, so does a healthy church body. It’s a journey; we are with you in every step. Email email@example.com when you need guidance.
Join the RCA family
Celebrate that your church plant is a mature church! You can further the mission of starting new churches and church plants and make new disciples. You are part of a family and have a voice in that family, which lets you be a decision maker. It also gives you a covenant relationship with a whole denomination of churches, leaders, and believers.
Top Ten Reasons Why Organizing a Church Plant Matters
- It is a visible sign of maturity, as the church is now able to govern, support, and multiply/reproduce itself.
- It protects the church from becoming isolated from the greater body.
- It moves the church from recipient to contributor and stakeholder.
- It is a step of faith that God will provide, leaving the safety net of external dependence on others.
- It empowers ordained and installed leaders. Once a church is organized, its leaders are ordained to the offices of elder and deacons; these are spiritual experiences and celebrate the Holy Spirit’s gifts in the lives of church leaders.
- It provides stability and order for the church, offering internal leadership, succession, clear rules of order, and bylaws to keep everyone on the same page and to reference when necessary.
- It ensures multi-level representation. Local elders offer a discerning voice in decisions at all levels.
- It lets the church be a full participant in mission.
- It strengthens the whole church and enables more new church plants.
- It gives strong bonds of relationship and accountability.
Get started planting a church
The very first step in church planting is prayer: asking God if you’re called to plant a church. When you’ve affirmed that call, the next step is taking a few assessments to get you started on the right foot.
RCA Church Multiplication works with planters from many backgrounds and cultures, with different life experiences, who speak different languages and have a variety of theological training. If you’re called to plant, let’s talk.
We’re not in this alone
Partnering to Plant
Partnerships are a foundation in this work. Church planting can be lonely work, and support for planters and launch teams is absolutely required for starting a church that lasts.Start a church planting movement in your area