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06 Church Planting Skills CP101

 Course Description

This course covers skills normally used when planting new congregations. The prerequisite for this course is Spiritual formation. The student will be strengthened spiritually during this course to enable them to apply the other skills needed for planting churches. The student will gain basic mastery of important issues and skills including; Biblical patterns for establishing a congregation; when does a group of people become a church; different ways to start local churches; how to excite (motivate) church members to serve on a team; finding people to make a team; growing prayer partners; defining a target area; making contacts; persons of peace; creating and growing small groups; growing local leaders; contextual issues for each community. This class will also talk about different ways to work in urban (city) communities, rural communities, and villages.

Course Rational

Starting new local churches is the most effective way of bringing people to know and follow Christ. Church planting is the most integrative of all the activities of a local church. The spiritual formation of a student is a key element in helping people actually establish new congregations. Church planting skills should be built on the foundation of a deep walk with Christ. This course could be taught over several years in conjunction with a local church or district plan for starting churches. Establishing a new congregation from nothing to a fully organized church requires a very broad range of abilities. Normally this requires a team effort supported both by a coach and an existing local church. Only a very few persons have been gifted with the abilities to do this solo and it is notable that both Jesus and Paul used teams. Thus, most of the skills necessary focus around the building of various teams to support the efforts of establishing a new congregation.   At the same time, there is a broad range of outcomes that apply and will be fulfilled in the student’s life as they practically engage in church planting.

Since establishing a new congregation normally takes between 1 year to 4 years this course is not designed to always accomplish that task, but to introduce the student to the wide range of issues and give them beginning practice in those skills.   It may be possible for some institutions to partner with a local church or district to help the student over a period of years to establish a new congregation.

Program Outcomes from APRSOOMD

Content

CN-9 Ability to describe the events, personalities and theology in the history of the Church of the Nazarene in Asia-Pacific and other indigenous churches.

CN-12 Ability to explain the structure and mission of the Church of the Nazarene from both historical and current perspectives.

CN-13 Ability to explain the Nazarene position on speaking in tongues.

Competency

CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively in writing with cultural relevance.

CP-2 Ability to communicate effectively orally with cultural relevance.

CP-3 Ability to prepare Biblical messages for effective and sound Bible preaching.

CP-4 Ability to teach the Word of God.

CP-5 Ability to plan, participate in, and guide others in worship.

CP-6 Ability to present the Gospel in a clear and Biblical way.

CP-7 Ability to support and carry out church planting.

CP-10 Ability to determine directions and personnel for the building up of the Church.

CP-11 Ability to organize and promote Christian education for all ages.

CP-12 Ability to BE a leader and to encourage other leaders.

CP-14 Ability to administrate finances, to prepare reports and statistics.

Character

CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.

CH-3 Ability to practice personal Christian ethics in faithful stewardship, in personal relationships, and in finances.

CH-4 Ability to teach and model sexual purity.

CH-5 Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public Christian ethics, in decision making, and in conducting oneself as a Christian in a pagan society.

CH-6 Ability to give value to the interrelated aspects (ethical, personal, social, and environmental) in the development of persons in any social structure.

Context

CX-1 Ability to identify and describe the events, personalities, and main themes of national history in the context of world history and Asia-Pacific history.

CX-2 Ability to identify in current events some main trends in science, politics, and civil education.

CX-3 Ability to apply this current information to the ministries of the Church.

CX-4 Basic ability to analyze and describe communities and churches.

CX-5 Basic ability to identify elements of culture.

CX-6 Ability to support missionary and trans-cultural principles.

CX-7 Ability to distinguish between world views – Local, Biblical, and Western.

CX-8 Ability to make an integrated presentation of divine creation.

CX-9 Ability to interpret Christian positions that are relevant from the modern Asia-Pacific context regarding issues like magic, spiritism, demonic possession, ancestral veneration, divine cure, and medicine.

 

COURSE Outcomes (Activity outcomes)

Accountability

Give examples of how you are accountable the DS, your mentor and your disciples. CH-4 ACC

Demonstrate how small group leader is accountable to his/her small group. CP-4 ACC

Administration

Demonstrate how to understand the Mission of God for this Congregation i.e. how to find God’s vision for a particular congregation at this time in this place. CX-2 ADM

Demonstrate how to equip members of the congregation with the knowledge and tools needed for their particular responsibility. CP-6 ADM

Demonstrate administration using patience, gentleness, and diligence. CH-8 ADM

Explain the steps to a successful project that integrates well with the vision of the congregation. CP-13 ADM

Continuing Education

Explain every social and environmental aspect that impacts the life of the church and the community. CN-9 CED

Demonstrate how to make an in-depth and evaluation of the most pressing issues for the church and community. CX-3 CED

Explain the most urgent needs and problems facing the community where the church is located. CX-4 CED

Demonstrate how to prioritize issues in order of urgency and then actively seek and bring appropriate solutions to bring remedy or relief. CP-14 CED

Counsel – Listen

Demonstrate the ability to listen to others. He/she must practice active listening skills so that he/she can grasp the core problem or issues of the person they are talking with. CP-15 CON

Demonstrate how to be prayerfully sensitive to nonverbal communication given by the person to help understand potential underlying motives and or problems. CP-17 CON

Explain or demonstrate the difference between confronting and attacking. He/she should know how to avoid attacking others in the mist of counseling, but at the same time know how to help the person to see and to admit his/her problem, and they will be willing to move toward the direction of changing lifestyle or stopping sinning. CP-19 CON

Dealing Biblically with the Spirit World

Demonstrate a clear understanding of the role of prayer and fasting in responding to the spiritual world. CN-13 DBS

Articulate a clear understanding of the role of discernment in spiritual warfare. CN-14 DBS

Explain how to distinguish between demonic or spirit activity in distinction to physical or psychological phenomena. CP-21 DBS

Demonstrate how to effectively model and train people to adequately respond to the spirit world. (Caution must be exercised to make sure that anyone dealing with this is free from sin and walking close to Christ). CP-22 DBS

Explain the most common ways that demonic activities are expressed in your culture / context. CP-23 DBS

Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CH-12 DBS

Discipline – Personal and Family

The student will develop an activity that reveals the priority of discipling the whole family. CP-25 DPF

The student will develop a personal financial priorities with a mentor. CH-15 DPF

Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CP-29

Disciple

The student will be able to explain the basic essential concepts of discipleship, and explain what is a disciple, how to be a disciple, why would a person become a disciple, and how to make more disciples. CP-30 DIS

The student will start a discipleship group. CP-31 DIS

The student will demonstrate that those they are discipling are equipped to disciple others.   CP-32 DIS

The student should demonstrate how to establish an accountability group among his/her discipleship groups. CP-33 DIS

The student will train their disciples in the application of evangelism. CP-35 DIS

Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CP-39

The student will lead by example by demonstrating they are being discipled and discipling others as well. CH-17 DIS

Evangelize

The student will bring grace into others’ lives through helping to meet felt needs, being an example of righteous living, be able to explain the fallen state of man, sinful condition, and his need for salvation. CP-41 EVA

The student will pray for the not yet saved and teach others to do the same CP-42 EVA

The student will explain how to create church outreach models that give room for interaction with not-yet-believers, and build an inventory of felt needs in the community and discover ways the church can be a part of fulfilling those felt needs CN-18 EVA

The student will demonstrate passion for reaching the unsaved, and the urgency of reaching the unsaved CH-21 EVA

The student will explain how to present the necessary claims of Christ on a person. CP-43 EVA

The student will explain how people come to Christ using a wide pattern of experiences. CP-44 EVA

The student will demonstrate at least 5 culturally appropriate patterns for presenting salvation to a non-believer. CN-19 EVA

Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CP-45 EVA

Demonstrate the Character qualities identified as Modeling Christ. CH-22 EVA

The student demonstrates intentionally building and modeling strong and honest relationships with non-believers CP-40 EVA

The student will develop contact points within the community that creates interaction with unbelievers. CN-17 EVA

Fasting

Develop a plan to lead the church into healthy fasting understanding and practices. CP-50 FAS

The student explains what fasting is (and is not) and why should we fast. CP-46 FAS

The student will explain various types of possible fasts and when and how to fast CP-48 FAS

Articulate the biblical basis for fasting CP-49 FAS

Impact Community

Identify various tangible ways the church can connect with the community. CP-52 ICO

The student explains how to balance meeting humanitarian needs and the sharing the gospel. CP-54 ICO

Explain the process and steps of organizing a culturally appropriate evangelistic outreach such as: a Jesus Film showing project or, a medical and/or dental mission. CP-55 ICO

Demonstrate the skill in communicating with community and government officials. CP-56 ICO

Explain how to Model Christ in this activity. CH-24

Leadership

Demonstrate how to form or discover clear core values and the mission of the group. CP-67 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to analyze the gifting and abilities of the group. CP-69 LEA

Demonstrate the ability to communicate the vision clearly and consistently.   CP-71 LEA

Demonstrate how to form a personal vision (case study) then in harmony with a larger group. CP-72 LEA

Explain how the Biblical description of the body (church) relates to teams. CN-23 LEA

Articulate a Wesleyan perspective of Spiritual gifts – an expression of love rather than power. CN-24 LEA

Explain the benefits of matching a person’s passions, strengths and personality to specific tasks / ministries on a team. Strength-finders is one possible tool. CP-75 LEA

Develop and articulate a strategy for team creation, team endurance and team termination. CP-78 LEA

Demonstrate forming a team. CP-79 LEA

Ministry

Equip at least one person to implement the gifting God has given them in both the local congregation and their daily life context. CP-84 MIN

Demonstrate how to help a person understand how to live in God’s will for their lives. CP-85 MIN

Prayer

The student should have a strong passion for a life of prayer, and willing to devote himself/herself into prayer, and can demonstrate a life of prayer by keeping a prayer journal. CH-44 PRA

The student explains the different types of prayers and explains how to respond to life situation with different kinds of prayers. For example: prayer on conversion, baptism, wedding, funeral, hospital visit, dedication, etc. CN-45 PRA

Sabbath

Explain why some can consider every day the same before the Lord but each person has a need for a defined time of rest; Colossians. CN-50 SAB

Explain the difference between an ordinary day and a Sabbath rest day in worship. This is to say explain the difference between rest, relaxation and Sabbath. CN-51 SAB

Small Groups

Explain how small groups contribute to the growth of believers and the development of congregations (existing and new). CP-105 SMG

Define the purpose of several types of small groups. CN-52 SMG

Demonstrate leading and developing leaders for five different types of small groups, using a balance of activities in a culturally appropriate length of time and frequency of meeting. CP-103 SMG

Explain the theological implications for the Body of Christ for each of the small groups demonstrated. CN-53 SMG

Explain the teaching theory, concepts and methods at work within each of the small groups. CP-104 SMG

Assessment and Evaluation

Content

CN-12 Ability to explain the structure and mission of the Church of the Nazarene from both historical and current perspectives.

CN-13 Ability to explain the Nazarene position on speaking in tongues.

Competency

CP-6 Ability to present the Gospel in a clear and Biblical way.

CP-7 Ability to support and carry out church planting.

CP-10 Ability to determine directions and personnel for the building up of the Church.

CP-12Ability to BE a leader and to encourage other leaders.

CP-14 Ability to administrate finances, to prepare reports and statistics.

Context

CX-4 Basic ability to analyze and describe communities and churches.

CX-5 Basic ability to identify elements of culture.

CX-9 Ability to interpret Christian positions that are relevant from the modern Asia-Pacific context regarding issues like magic, spiritism, demonic possession, ancestral veneration, divine cure, and medicine.

Character

CH-1 Ability to take responsibility for one’s own spiritual growth with the goal of becoming like Christ.

CH-2 Ability to find, understand and utilize resources for one’s own spiritual growth in prayer, Bible study, and personal devotion.

CH-3 Ability to practice personal Christian ethics in faithful stewardship, in personal relationships, and in finances.

CH-4 Ability to teach and model sexual purity.

CH-5 Ability to demonstrate oneself consistently in public Christian ethics, in decision making, and in conducting oneself as a Christian in a pagan society.

 

4 C’s

Content 16 = 16%

Competency 55 = 56%

Character 15 = 16%

Context 12 = 12%

Total outcomes 98 = 100%

 

Requirements

Reading or listening before class – Book of Acts, 1 Corinthians, 1 Timothy, Titus. Journal the days and chapters listened to.   Read or Listen to “The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church” by Roland Allen and journal observations.

40% Local Community project – Teams of two students will research a community by gathering stories and histories from community members. These stories will include at least (as a minimum) two businesses, and two homes and one local official of some type.   Students will also observe the community and make notes about they type of community it is, what features or characteristics it has, what the majority culture is and what minority cultures are present, what places of worship are present, what the spiritual atmosphere seems to be, is there any evidence of need for a new local church? A written or oral report will be given to the class. If Oral, ½ of the report will be delivered by each of the team members and the report must be at least 20 minutes long.   If written, each student will take responsibility for a different section of the report, the report must be at least 8 pages double spaced, or a total of 2000 words if hand written.

20% Local Church Project – Using the same team of two people as before, and based on the community research done, plan to help motivate your local church to start a new church in that community.   Make specific plans, who would you talk to? What activities would you promote? How would you help them see the burden for the lost in that area?   What potentials would you emphasize?   How would you gather a prayer team to help you?   Project can be given orally or in writing.   A written or oral report will be given to the class. If Oral, ½ of the report will be delivered by each of the team members and the report must be at least 10 minutes long.   If written, each student will take responsibility for a different section of the report, the report must be at least 4 pages double spaced, or a total of 1000 words if hand written.

20% Small group practice.   Teams of 4 to 5 students will be gathered for in class practice of recruiting and implementing various types of teams.   These teams will stay together for the duration of the class period.   If some students are from the same local church they should be placed on the same teams as much as possible.   This is a participation grade and the teacher or an assistant will make notes on the overall participation of each student.

20% Session tests.   The teacher will present a test over the previous session’s materials each new session. These will review the main points covered and be a wide range of quizzing styles.

While not counted for grading, extensive prayer will be a part of each session. At least 10 to 15 minutes of prayer that over the whole time the module / class is being offered, includes each of the students being prayed for specifically that God will make them successful in helping start new churches.

 

Class Outline

Session

  1. Introduction to Church Planting
    • The need to reach the Lost!
    • The Message of Holiness and freedom from sin!
    • The multiplication of disciples
    • the multiplication of churches
    • the multiplication of leadership
  2. Framework for starting a new Church from an existing local church
    • Motivation
    • Gathering teams
      1. prayer,
      2. outreach
    • finances
    • Determining the location and verifying it
    • Making contacts in the location
    • Systematic evangelism using small groups, mass evangelism, face to face or other methods
    • Gathering new believers into discipleship groups
    • Developing leadership among the new believers
    • Multiplication and linking of discipleship groups
    • Gathering for worship
    • Organizing the church with a formal structure.
    • Motivating the new church to begin working on another new congregation. Teams return to the mother church.
  1. Styles of Church Planting
    • District, Field or Region based,
      1. Pay a pastor, build or rent a building, gather unchurched believers
      2. Sending a family to an area to start a church – with minimal support
      3. Sending teams of people to an area to start a church with financial support
    • Local churches starting churches
      1. Divide and conquer model
      2. Church based teams doing evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development in an area close to their local church.
    • Apostle model
      1. A highly gifted and experienced person establishes a congregation in a new area without any other local church.
  1. Motivating the Local Church
    • Showing the need
    • Showing the opportunity
    • Getting influential members
    • Motivating the pastor
    • Regular updates to the congregation.
  2. The need for Prayer teams and coaches in Church Planting
    • Prayer teams – the most needed!
    • How to recruit prayer teams
    • Coaches – the wisdom and guidance for new starts.
  3. Teams for outreach and establishing a new congregation.
    • Steps to recruiting team members
      1. Do not ask for volunteers
      2. Identify best potential team members
      3. Write a clear job description
      4. Approach person with opportunity to join and ask them to prayerfully consider it.
        1. Evangelism teams
        2. Discipleship teams
        3. financial support teams
        4. News reporting teams
  1. Where do we plant? Defining a target area.
    • Close or far away?
    • areas with existing contacts
    • areas where members already live
  2. Matching the team to the area
    • Doing research on an area
      1. number of people
      2. number of existing churches
      3. type of government
      4. income level of area
      5. culture of the area.
      6. Does the CP team match the target area well?
      7. Confirming a target area with the team and church leadership.
  1. Making Contacts in the Target Area
    • Person to person
    • Mass evangelism
    • Evangelism teams
  2. Overcoming Obstacles and Spiritual Strongholds.

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