Planting Churches Conversation Guide 2

Why would you use this guide?

When the Local Church or Conference is committed to planting churches to reach new districts, suburbs or ethne people groups.   The Conference may run a conference-wide training or training of members who are prospective church planters in a specific district.   The planned churches may be stand-alone new groups/churches or a well-established local church may want to become a mission hub that is planting other churches.      The guide provides a comprehensive foundation for church planters through 12 x 90 min sessions.  It is a deep study of the Acts of the Apostles and the book Following the Spirit provides helpful insights.   All the essentials are covered such as theological frames, essential frames for church planting, centred set faith and church, the first church plants in Acts, transitional tipping points for church planters, Antioch case study, ethne and oikos mapping, following relational streams, planting in households, planting hub churches, preparing to plant a church, multiplication plan and district church planting plan.  

Who is the guide ideally for?

Pastors, elders, volunteer church planters.  Ideally, teams are formed of 3-4 who will work together to plant a new church.  

How is this guide ideally delivered?

The workshop host is ideally a Conference employee – President, Ministerial Director, Personal Ministries Director, Church Planting Director.   Ideally experienced over a weekend retreat or delivered over several weekends / Friday nights / Sabbath afternoons.  Ideal for Zoom formats.  The program is modular so it enables a lot of flexibility for scheduling.    Ideally, the group is divided up into separate tables of 3-4 people who form a distinct team per table (or with breakout groups on zoom with consistent group members).  The host can use the supplied videos as introductions to each session, or the host can pre watch and prepare their own introduction after p watching the videos to see a modelled introduction.  

What resources are required?

Printed conversation guides can be purchased from ABC’s so that participants can write notes, plans and insights.  Supply pens, the book Acts of the Apostles, Following the Spirit book, and Discovery Bible Reading bookmarks.  Participants to bring their own Bible.  Ideally, the workshops are done with opportunities to share meals together in groups.