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. 

This is an excellent video courtesy of the Village Church. No doubt your church will have its own story, but it is exciting to see what God can accomplish through those who are willing to step out in faith.

8 tests a church needs to pass before we’ll call it home

Most people will move churches at least once in their life. Now before you freak out about transfer growth and rearranging deck chairs on the titanic, just think about it. How many churches have you attended?

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So it got me thinking. What goes on in the mind of your average “church shopper”? I know most of you will (rightfully) hate the term, but I use it for convenience. In the same way that most people shop for a house to live in, most Christians will eventually end up shopping for a church to call home.

Where should we plant a church?

“Where are you going to plant a church?” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked that question, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve been able to give an answer. If you’d like to know that answer you can find out here.

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For years I just didn’t know where we should plant. I was convinced that planting a church was one of the most effective ways of reaching new people with the gospel, but I just didn’t know where we should do it. Or for that matter, how to figure it out! The options were paralyzing.

Why I decided to plant a church in my first year out of college

This year will bring me to the end of four years at Moore College. It’s been an amazing time of learning, growth and deep friendships, but like all good things it must come to an end. So what exactly does next year hold for the Clemens family?

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Well… next year I will lead a committed team of missionaries to plant a church in the city. If you’d like to find out more details fill in this form and I’ll be in touch. That being said, most of my peers at College will be joining established churches as assistant ministers. Several others will probably be youth ministers, women’s ministers and school chaplains.

5 things to consider when choosing a student ministry position

Student ministry is a strange beast. For the uninitiated, a student minister (once called a catechist) is someone who studies full time at Bible College and works 1-1.5 days a week at their church. All ordination candidates in the Sydney Anglican Diocese (those wanting to be ordained as Anglican ministers- like me) are required to do four years of student ministry while studying at Moore College.

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To make things slightly more complex, the powers-at-be encourage ordination candidates to move churches every two years. Why? Because before they ordain you they want you to have had experience in at least three churches. This usually involves your home church and then two different churches during your four years at Moore College. Don’t worry if you lost me, the point is that you need to do student ministry somewhere if you ever want to get ordained.