Trends in Church Planting
* Transition to the Local
* Evangelistic Effectiveness
o Are we being effective in reaching the lost?
* Church Planting Systems
o Church planting emphasis is shifting from the initiative of a regional or national agency to the local church.
o National Support
§ More money from a national agency correlates with less churches mothering church plants.
* Budgeting & Funding
o Aggressive Church Planting churches
§ Expect church planters to raise 50-80% of their financial support.
§ Provide less financial support than less aggressive church planting churches
§ The more money a church puts into church planting, the fewer church plants they can start.
· Provide 10% or more to the overall budget of church plant.
§ Churches that were 200 or less were 4x more likely to plant churches than churches of 1,000 or more.
* Recruitment, Assessment & Training
o Aggressive church planting churches view assessment, training, encouragement, coaching as more important than financial support.
* What is a Church Planting Church?
o Have 2 of the Following:
§ Does your church regularly send members out to help with church plants?
§ Does your church commit at least 5% of your annual budget to church planting?
§ Do you have a Church Planting Director (full-time or part-time)?
§ Do you have a church planting internship/apprenticeship program?