Every Church can Be a Church Planting Partner

Reaching Louisiana and North America for Christ is too big a task for one church to handle. New Church Multiplication is one of the best ways for us to work the fields to the edges. And EVERY CHURCH can get involved. How? The sky’s the limit. There is no right or wrong way to support church planting. The question is, How big of a commitment are you willing to make?

In our last post we talked about how every church can ENCOURAGE Church Planting by being a friend and prayer partner to those starting churches and through Southern Baptist cooperative missions giving. A second and more direct commitment that your church can make is to be a church planting partner or sponsor.

Part 2: Every Church can Be a Church Planting PARTNER

If your church is ready to be engaged in off-campus multiplication directly, investing financially & tangibly in a local church plant or church planter is a great next step. It also is a great way to help your church see their community as a mission field and multiply your impact in the world for Christ. A few ideas for partnering and sponsoring are:

  1. Become a financial co-sponsor.
    Some churches have been blessed by putting church planting in their budget directly on top of regular gifts to the Cooperative Program and annual Cooperative Missions Offerings. Most of the co-sponsors for the churches I’ve planted have been between $50 and $200 per month. Some have given a one-time gift. It takes money to minister in North America and a financial contribution encourages the planter and communicates commitment to the Great Commission.
  2. Adopt a church plant for your VBS offering.
    The kids will love the story about a church that meets in a Fire Station or Rodeo Arena or Move Theater and baptizes in a swimming pool. And it may plant seeds in their hearts that will lead them into a career on mission. One church in my region collected children’s ministry supplies for a church plant and five years later they were still using the construction paper and supplies received during that week.
  3. Conduct a local or national mission trip to assist a church plant in outreach efforts.
    You can travel to a neighboring city or state or to the other side of town to assist with block parties, door to door work, servant evangelism, etc. Recently, I heard of a church that put together a team to take care of an area church plant’s Sunday morning setup for one month, just to give the planting team a break and to be a blessing to the new church.
  4. Give your cold prospect list to a church planting team.
    One of our sponsors gave our church plant a list of over 250 names that had only attended occasional events at the church or had not attended in a great while. We were able to contact those folks again and invite them to the new church. You never know if a new church may be the tool for harvesting people you’ve cultivated and watered for years.
  5. Invite a church planter to attend conferences with you and your staff.
    Most church planters have followed a call and are choosing to live paycheck to paycheck and do not have the funds for conferences. Invite them to go with you. Offer to pay part of the way or challenge your church to pay their way. Pay or not, invite them along to learn with and from you and your team.
  6. Sponsor a date night for a church planter and his spouse.
    Research is showing that church planting families are under great stress. There’s very little money and time for unwinding and recharging. In a difficult season of our first church plant, a church in another state invited my wife and I to spend three days in their area, put us up in a nice hotel, and left a gift basket full of gift cards to area restaurants and attractions. Priceless, simple gift that served to rescue us from a season of discouragement and burn out.
  7. Offer your office equipment to a church plant.
    Allow a church planter to make copies, send faxes, and cut post cards. A minimal expense that will meet a huge need for a guy that offices out of a coffee shop, spare bedroom, or garage.
  8. Offer your facilities to a church plant.
    Church plants have used facilities of other churches for core group meetings, leadership meetings, Worship Services, Thanksgiving Banquets, and housing for short-term mission teams. Extend the usefulness of your facility to expanding God’s kingdom through church multiplication by simply saying yes or being inviting to a church plant.

Contact the Louisiana Baptists Church Planting Team for more information on church planting, for assistance devising your church planting strategy, or to make connections with church planters and church planting training around Louisiana.

Every Church Can ENCOURAGE Church Planting and Multiplication

Reaching Louisiana and North America for Christ is too big a task for one church to handle. New Church Multiplication is one of the best ways for us to work the fields to the edges. And EVERY CHURCH can get involved. How? The sky is the limit. There is no right or wrong way to support church planting. The question is, How big of a commitment are you willing to make?

Over the next few weeks we’ll share three levels of commitment that excludes no church from involvement. Every Church can Encourage, Partner, and/or Parent a new church. Under each commitment there are some simple ideas and scenarios to help you get started.

Part 1: Every Church can ENCOURAGE Church Planting

Church Planting is a difficult, lonely task, filled with uncertainty and vulnerability. You and your church can strengthen and encourage a church plant, as well as demonstrate a kingdom mindset, by reaching out a hand of friendship.

This can be done with little or no expense to you and your church.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Put a church planter on your weekly prayer list. The real battle against the kingdom of darkness is free through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. As your church prays for the lost to be saved, take the new church and planter to the throne of God as they reach out to the unchurched in your community.
  2. Buy a church planter a cup of coffee and ask him how it’s going and offer him your insights about the community. Ask him about his family. Demonstrate a desire to see the church succeed. If you don’t have a desire to see him succeed, then repent and get over the idea that your church can reach everybody in the community. Also, encourage the women’s ministry to remember the church planter’s spouse and support her when possible. Just simply treat them as you would want to be treated. Seems like I saw that principle written in red somewhere.
  3. Invite a church planter to share during your Wednesday night prayer meeting, to Sunday School classes, or to promote special missions offerings. Exposing your church to the story of God’s work in your community will benefit the church by opening their eyes to needs in their Jerusalem and Judea. You could also do Skype interviews with Church Planters in different parts of Louisiana or North America as part of Mission Moments or special missions services. These opportunities are a win-win, giving your church a heart for the world and encouraging church planters along their journey.
  4. Support the Cooperative Program, Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering, Annie Armstrong Offering for North American Missions. As a cooperating Southern Baptist Church, you are a valuable church planting partner and gifts to CP and state and national mission offerings allow us to be a part of one of the greatest missionary sending and church planting forces worldwide. And as a Church Planter one of the things that kept me encouraged was knowing that I was backed by a nationwide fellowship of believers that were giving sacrificially so that people could hear the gospel in my community.

Contact the LBC Church Planting Team for more information on church planting, for assistance devising your church planting strategy, or to make connections with church planters and church planting training across Louisiana.

A few books that will help you get started with church planting and sponsoring:

I Think I Want to Plant a Church. What Now?

Here’s the 5 big questions to answer before you get started planting your church!

“I’m thinking church planting is for me. Where do I get started?”

1. Are you called?

A Clear Calling is the most important ingredient for any new church. How has God led you to the point of desiring to plant a church? Explore your calling.

2. Do you have a network?

To plant a church you will need a network for prayer support and partnership. Possibilities are many. To begin networking through Louisiana Baptists, fill out our Initial Info Form. Other relationships that we find essential are sponsor church(es) and local associations. Who is your sponsor/partnering church? Have you connected with your local Director of Missions?

3. Have you been assessed?

Assessment helps you to clarify your calling to plant and also what context & partners that you may best fit with. Fill out the Initial Info Form and we’ll contact you to setup your assessment.

4. Have you been trained?

Your training to plant has no doubt been a life long journey. We also recommend that you take part in a specific training to plant a church in Louisiana. We provide 3-5 opportunities in Louisiana annually. We also recommend a number of conferences and other training nationally. Click here to view the next training opportunities near you. Or contact us for more information.

5. Plan, place, & people?

Your calling, networking, assessment, & training should culminate with a strategy to evangelize a particular people at a particular place. Check out our Engage Map to see potential projects around Louisiana. Contact us about places of greatest need & open doors.

Ready to get started?

Contact one of our Louisiana Baptists Strategists today to start your church planting journey.

How to Get Involved with a Church Plant

Would you like to be involved in getting a church or churches started in your area? Would you like to help your church with its multiplication strategy? Here’s a pathway for you to serve in Church Planting:

Barnabas Teams

Local churches, local associations and the state convention work in cooperation to plant churches throughout our state. Along with these partners, it takes qualified church planters, worship leaders, discipleship leaders and many committed volunteers to launch a new church. One pathway for lay leaders to participate in church planting is by serving on a Barnabas Team. Barnabas was a Jewish Levite who encouraged Paul and was a catalyst for church planting and church growth (Acts 11:25). It’s our desire to create a statewide network of encouragers & catalysts for church planting in Louisiana.

There are two types of Barnabas teams needed:

  • Associational Barnabas Team (ABT)
  • Local Church Barnabas Team (LCBT)

The purpose of this document is to provide background information and a job description for LCBT members.

Associational Church Planting Strategy (ACPS)

The ACPS developed and adopted by the association, sets a goal for the number of new church plants in the next ten years based on research of population and population projections. The ten-year goal will inform the association’s work in each one-three year window (see 10-3-1 church planting process).

What is a Local Church Barnabas Team (LCBT)?

An LCBT is a group of volunteers that work alongside a church planter in a specific area to evangelize people who will become a part of the core group of the new church plant or new campus. The intent of the LCBT is to give strength, depth, experience and workers to all new church plants.

The local sponsoring church will oversee the selection and orientation of members.

A trained evangelism volunteer will lead the LCBT.

The LCBT will consist of members from the sponsoring church, partner churches, the new church plant and other members of the association.

The state convention will provide training for new LCBTs.