7 Strategies for Planting Healthy Reproductive Churches
We are part of a nationwide Converge USA church planting movement. We rely on church planting experience from around the nation to learn how to plant healthy, reproducing congregations. Here are the 7 foundational strategies of Converge USA.
- Spiritual Dynamic: We lean on spiritual empowerment for our growth. Scripture and prayer are built into all we do.
- Recruitment: We seek leaders who are interested in launching reproducing churches locally and participating in regional and global movements.
- Assessment: We objectively determine a leader's call, giftedness, character and preparation for ministry.
- Training: We arrange training events that equip leaders with up-to-date information and current strategies for effective ministries.
- Coaching: We ensure that every planter has a trained coach. Coaches help planters succeed through sharing spiritual guidance, accountability, emotional support and skill development.
- Funding: We seek to develop funding strategies that will fuel our growing movement and assist each leader with his personal support.
- Resourcing: We provide state-of-the-art resources to assist leaders to make a kingdom impact in their communities.
Converge Rocky Mountain is constantly developing and refining these seven systems to fulfill our vision of expanding our redemptive impact through new churches.
Frequently Asked Question About Church Planting
1. Isn't church planting risky?
Yes it is. Serving God requires taking risks based on our FAITH in God and his unique calling in our lives. We do try to reduce as many risk factors as we can. One of the first steps is to assess if a planting couple is really gifted to not only survive but thrive in the church planting arena. A number of Pre-assessment Tools can help you get an initial confirmation of church planting as a fit for you.
2. How do you determine a person's "Fit" for church planting?
3. Do I have to have a seminary degree to be considered for church planting?
No. However sufficient training is required to handle God's Word well and to lead a congregation wisely. Whatever your training level, we recruit planters who have clearly developed a set of doctrinal beliefs that align with our movement, evidence the 16 building blocks needed in a planting couple, exhibit a clear sense of call and desire to be part of our mission to plant healthy, reproductive churches throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
4. Do I have to raise support?
5. What about denominational affiliation?
Converge Rocky Mountain is part of Converge, an international association of churches with historically Baptistic beliefs. To build a strong planting movement and an effective network of missional churches, planters are required to formally join Converge Rocky Mountain as an affiliated church. We expect that our planters will freely inform their congregation about our movement of churches and participate with us in our shared mission to transform lives and communities in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond.
6. What kinds of churches do you start? What models are used?
The mission and the message of the church are unchanging and clearly communicated in the Bible. There are also principles and practices that set the boundaries for what a biblically healthy congregation looks like. However, models focus more on specific methodology and structure. CRM may contain a variety of models of churches including: virtual, house, multi-site, or attractional. The model chosen is a function of what might work best in a given community, or target group, and fits the planter.
7. What kind of training do you provide?
CRM offers initial planter Multiply training. You will also have a Planting Coach who will meet with you formally on a monthly basis, in person, e-mail and by phone. Your coach will be trained and experienced in order to help you be your best as a planter, and plant effectively. Other training is available through a variety of conferences, national gatherings, online and through regional training events.
8. What kind of personal support is available for church planters?
9. Can we bring other team members with us?
Absolutely! According to a Forbes Magazine study, entrepreneurial ventures which were partnerships of at least two people were four times more likely to succeed than sole proprietorship. Many of our church planters bring "ministry partners" with them. Value and agenda harmony and funding issues are usually easier to settle, leading to a smooth transition into church planting.