4 Ways Your Church Can Partner With A Church Plant

Church planting can be a lonely business. In many ways, the church planter ventures out on his own armed with nothing but a vision and a prayer. Obviously that’s not entirely true, but it can often feel that way (trust me)! This article outlines four ways that your church can help church planters and their teams to get started on the journey.

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Over the last few months I’ve been seeking to raise support and gather a launch team from among the members of several established churches. “What?” you ask. “Shouldn’t you be trying to reach those who aren’t a part of any church?” Absolutely! A major desire of church planters should be to see people become Christians, not just take Christians from existing churches. 

That being said, most church plants today begin with a launch team of committed believers and generous external support from those who believe in the mission. Both of these (people and provision) often come from established churches. In order to avoid unnecessary criticism, it is best to conduct this process with absolute transparency.

As I’ve shared our vision with several ministers over the last few months, I’ve sought to offer them multiple options for how they might like to consider partnering with us. I felt this approach had the benefit of “painting a picture” for churches about what it might look like for them to partner with us. It also gives them the opportunity to choose their level of support, rather than feeling pressured to go all-or-nothing.

The four “packages” I’ve presented are outlined below:

Package 1: “We want to adopt you”

This option may involve your church adopting a church plant as a short-term mission partner. You may like to adopt them for three years and pledge to support them with resources and prayer. This could be expressed in the following ways:

  • By giving $15,000 in year one, $10,000 in year two, and $5,000 in year three.
  • By commissioning up to 15 people to join their launch team.
  • By sending a few small SWAT teams for a month each in the first year to help them get started.
  • By sending ministers occasionally to preach at their Sunday services.

Package 2: “Have a Sunday”

This option may involve the planter coming to preach at your church, giving him the opportunity to share a brief outline of the vision in your service, and then enabling him to hold a longer meeting with any interested parties after the service. From this meeting he would seek to develop partnerships in prayer, provision and people.

Package 3: “Make an announcement”

This option may involve you granting a planter permission to spend 5 minutes in your Sunday services sharing the vision and asking for prayer and financial support. If you are uncomfortable with him inviting people to join the launch team during this announcement, he should agree not to do so.

Package 4: “Have a fishing license”

This option may involve you granting a planter permission to invite personal contacts from your church to join the launch team in a more informal setting. He might do this primarily through e-mail and face-to-face meetings. He would probably seek to raise prayer and financial support through a similar means as well.

All churches want to grow the body of Christ, but not all churches are in a position to help in exactly the same way. Even if your church is only able to opt for Package 4 it doesn’t make you selfish or protective. It may just be all that you can manage for the time being. That’s ok!

According to Tim Keller, the continuous, rigorous planting of new churches is the single most effective strategy to see the numerical growth of the body of Christ and the renewal of established churches. That’s something we should all desire.

Our desire is to plant a church that plants and resources many new churches in the years to come. I look forward to the day when I get to choose one of these four packages to help support the work of other church planters.

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6 thoughts on “4 Ways Your Church Can Partner With A Church Plant

    • Hey Rob, thanks for asking. It’s been pretty hard going, though I suspect that’s always the case. We’re confident that God will provide the resources and raise up a team to join us. In terms of church support, I’ve spoken to three ministers so far, and:
      One church wants to support us (unofficially at the moment) in a capacity that roughly resembles (though not in all the details) “Package 1.” They are incredible.
      One church has committed to pray for us this year, and will consider (though no promises) supporting us financially next year.
      The third church has opted for “package 4” but with fairly strict guidelines.
      If you know any other churches or ministers (or schools 😉 ) who might like to be involved in supporting us let me know! We could sure use the love!

      • Nice Tim. I know it is tough trying to get support from other churches where they struggle themselves. Big picture is what needs to be seen here. Good luck with it and were praying at Scots for this to grow for the glory!

  1. Hey good looking (aka Tim).

    Its Heath from KYCK, anyways I am hoping to give financially to this project. What are the dets of this?

    Your bro, Heath

    • Hey Heath, great to hear from you! We should hopefully have a bank account within the next week or two. I’m just waiting on one or two final things to fall into place before we can set up official accounts etc. At the moment we’re just taking pledges. So thank you for your willingness to support. That’s very encouraging! I’ll be in touch to let you know when we have more concrete bank details. Bless you brother

  2. Churches are full of people who do not want to go and plant churches but am ready now and would want to go please help me if you can.