1. Why Church Planting?
Every church began as a church plant, but with so many established churches across Australia – many of whom don’t have full-time pastors – do we really need more?
2. Could You Plant A Church?
“If you can plant a church, you should plant a church.” On the one hand, that’s an exaggerated statement that requires a number of caveats. On the other hand, people need Jesus, church plants reach new people and more people could church plant than may be willing to admit.
3. Where Could You Plant?
In this single question, there are two questions: one about people group and one about geography. Some church planters have a people group in mind and then work out the best place to locate themselves. Others will have an area in mind and then identify the people who live there.
4. Gospel Intersections
Contextualisation is about holding firm to God’s teaching, while clearing all non-Gospel roadblocks so that people can encounter Jesus. This will shape our language, our gatherings, our teaching and our systems. Everything we do will be run through the lens of the Gospel and applied to the context we’re trying to reach.
In this section, we’re grappling with the question of “What does this church exist for?”.
There are a number of different ways that people express vision, mission and values, but we’re trying to drive towards biblical simplicity, and not over-engineer it.
6. Towards A Vision
Where is God taking us? If you’re in a multisite context, this vision will be drawn somewhat contextualised for the campus you’re planting. For all other planting models, you will have much more freedom to start from scratch, but that doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch.
7. Packaging The Vision
The point of your vision is not to be written on your strategic plan and then stuck in a drawer. So as you’re considering the vision for your church through the lens of the previous four principles, it’s helpful to consider how you package it.
8. Values Overview
If you were to sit down with a Bible and your launch team and answer the question “We want to be a people and a community that…”, what would you come up with?
9. Biblical Values
What we’re trying to capture and express here is what the Bible is calling us to lead our churches, and those God has given us to shepherd, towards. Who is God shaping us to be, both individually and corporately? Another way of asking this question would be “what do we want our people to become?”
10. Cultural Values
“What do we value that is specific to our church and our context?” Another way of looking at this set of values is to ask the question “How do we do things around here?”