Planting Churches Conversation Guide 2

Why use this Conversation Guide?

This Conversation Guide provides a comprehensive foundation for church planters through 12 x 90 min sessions.  

The Planting Churches Conversation Guide 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.  

The Local Church, Mission or Conference is committed to planting churches to reach new districts, suburbs or ethne people groups.  

This resource may be used for those who are prospective church planters in a specific district.  

The planned church plants may be new group or a well-established local church may want to become a mission hub that is planting other churches.  

Who is the guide ideally for?

  • Pastors
  • Elders
  • Church planters
  • Anyone interested in Church Planting

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.

Session 1

Welcome. The Great Commission – End Vision

Why Plant Churches?

A Theological Frame: Planting Flows from God’s Heart

Session 2

Jesus’ Method: Movement-Builder

Jesus’ Method: Disciple-Making

Jesus’ Harvest Parable & Teaching

Jesus’ teaching – disciple-making

Session 3

What did Jesus say about church?

What is the purpose of church?

Centred-set faith and church

Session 4

The life, vitality and dynamic growth

Pentecost and presence

Coping with opposition

Session 5

A multicultural church

A sending church—ethne and oikos mapping

Session 6

Following relational streams (ethne)

Planting in households (oikos)

Planting hub churches

Each plant, a hub – equipping and releasing

Session 7

Prepare – 1. Teams

Prepare – 2. Places

Prepare – 3. Prayer & 4. Connecting

Biblical purpose, vision, mission and values

Session 8

Sow – eating-healing-sharing

Cultivate – leaders and structures

Beliefs that will define your church

Your discipleship path

Session 9

Gather – church plant health indicators

Complete churches

Criteria to be an organised church

Session 10

Multiply – Jesus’ and Paul’s models

An environment for multiplication

Equipping all disciples as disciple-makers

Cultivate Holy Spirit presence

Session 11


Functional structures – what is needed?

Oikos mapping and prayer

Session 12

Church planting project plan

Evaluation and feedback

District church formation plan