Greetings all, and welcome to our first Editor's post for the new year!
It's common knowledge that a church planter doesn't do it on their own. First they submit their hopes and plans to God, and proceed in His strength. As a single leader or a couple, though, they then seek key people who will help them develop the new Christian community that will spread the Gospel in the patch they've chosen. And here is where a large number of questions arise…
- What structure does the leadership of a church plant take?
- What are the areas that most need addressing, right of the bat?
- How do you divide resposibilities effectively, but still leave them integrated enough to support each other?
To kick off the year we thought we'd send Scott Sanders to interview the team at Salt Church in Wollongong. Under Dan Godden, they've adopted a version of 'The M's Model' that helps them pastor with purpose…
- Ministry – Dan Godden, pastor of Salt Church in Wollongong, speaks to Scott Sanders about the importance of 'pastoring with purpose' when developing the Ministry area of a church plant.
- Magnification – Tim Canosa, head of Magnification at Salt Church in Wollongong, describes to Geneva Push's Scott Sanders how his responsibilities go well beyond just ensuring there are enough people to lead singing and praying each week
- Membership – Andy Hobbs talks to Geneva Push's Scott Sanders about the necessity of developing good membership structures for church plants in order to build mature believers.
- Maturity – Geoff Ackman from Salt Church in Wollongong has a easy to remember definition for his goal as the Maturity pastor: growing Salt members in the knowledge of God, leading them to trust Him with their lives and obey Him in everything – but he tells Geneva Push's Scott Sanders that achieving that is a much more complicated process.
Hope these resources prove a blessing to you!