It is important for church planters to have a Sending Church. In Acts 13:3, the church at Antioch sent out Barnabas and Saul before they departed on the their first church planting mission trip. The two men also returned to the church, as reported in Acts 14:27, and gave an accounting of what God had accomplished through them. BBA requires that new church plants (missions) have a Sending/Partner church that is connected to the association. The Partnering Church must be a member church in good standing that faithfully supports the association and the SBC cooperative program.
For a church planter, a Partner church can provide prayer and emotional support. Some Partner churches provide administrative and financial support to new church plants. Your Partner church may even encourage you to recruit team and core group members from their membership.
The BBA focuses on three church planting processes: Discover, Develop, and Deploy
The Discovery Stage:
Discover and Discern the Call to Church Planting
The first step is to meet with the BBA Lead Missional Strategist and Planting Task Force who will want to get to know you and your spouse (if married) so that they can help you to develop a customized church planting strategy for your context. In this initial meeting, you will discuss:
Your call to ministry and church planting:
You will talk about your spiritual journey: how you came to faith in Christ; how you have lived your life as a Christ-follower; your call to ministry; your call to church planting; your participation in a local church; your vision for a new church and what you need to get there.
The Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Missions:
Church planting is a difficult journey and no one should go it alone. Southern Baptists are followers of Christ who are living missionally together, sharing a common doctrine and a common mission. We work together to accomplish more together. Are you willing to receive and give support so that we can be more effective together? The BBA and the FL Baptist Convention offer financial support through training and project funds given through the Sending Church. Conversely, it is expected that church plants generously support with gifts these cooperative ministries by regular giving to the BBA and the Cooperative Ministries of the FL Baptist Convention.
The Baptist Faith and Message
You will be asked to affirm or give your opinion of the Baptist Faith and Message, which is our common doctrine. The introduction to the Baptist Faith and Message states:
Baptists cherish and defend religious liberty, and deny the right of any secular or religious authority to impose a confession of faith upon a church or body of churches. We honor the principles of soul competency and the priesthood of believers, affirming together both our liberty in Christ and our accountability to each other under the Word of God.
Baptist churches, associations, and general bodies have adopted confessions of faith as a witness to the world, and as instruments of doctrinal accountability. We are not embarrassed to state before the world that these are doctrines we hold precious and as essential to the Baptist tradition of faith and practice.
During your orientation meeting, you will be asked about your expectations of cooperative church planting through BBA, Florida Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention. You may have unexpressed expectations of your church planting strategist, your coach, your sponsor or partner churches. This is a good time to begin to dialogue - write down what you expect of your mission partners and their expectations of you. This is the preparation stage of developing a covenant that will serve as a guiding document for you and your mission partners.
Discover Church Planting:
Discover Church Planting is a seminar that helps prospective church planters understand and clarify their gifting, calling, and interest in church planting. They learn from field-tested church planters as they share their insights and lessons from church planting.
Each participant will learn, engage and interact with the following topics:
Best Fit: My Calling and Wiring
Living Sent: God’s Mission of Making Disciples
Practical Tips: Nuts and Bolts of Starting a New Church
Coaching 101: What Every Church Planter Needs
Next Steps: Where do I go from here?
At the end of the seminar, the participants are counseled about the next steps they need to take to pursue church planting.
Church Planter Assessment:
Take the LifeWay online church planter assessment and send the results to email@example.com
The potential planter best develops strategy and systems in a learning environment. "Greenhouse training" is available with some church plants who work with planters as Interns and Apprentices. The BBA and Reproducing churches makes available the following greenhouse training:
The class is for church planters and their wives who have just committed to start a new church. The class covers issues related to Community Engagement, Fundraising, Church Planting Mistakes and Prayer.
Organic Approaches to planting - Plans are underway for a Geenhouse ministry to develop leaders to plant reproducing single-cell expressions of the church. This approach fits the models of house churches, missional communities, cell church gatherings.
Multihousing Settings - 40% of Brevard County residents live in apartments, mobile homes, etc. Training will be offered to develop ministry leaders to engage these communities with the gospel.
Traditional Congregational Planting - in the past, the majority of churches planted have started with a church planter either fully funded and a core group being sent out from Sending/Partner Churches. This is still a viable means of planting though the emphasis is on encouraging church planters to have some employment in the marketplace as a means for building bridges into the community.
Church Planter Networks:
In 2017, planters will meet monthly to receive encouragement, information, and opportunities for greater collaboration and cooperation for Kingdom Impact in the city. The meetings are 2 hours long and emphasize the P.E.G. process – Praying for each other and the mission field, Encouraging one another through authentic exchange and mutual learning, and Giving ourselves away through missional engagement and sharing of resources. These groups have statistically proven to increase church plant survivability and growth.
The Deployment Stage:
The church planter is sent out through a Sending Church. Through the Development Stage readiness is determined through training, coaching, and experience. The developing process helps the planter determine his/her best fit and gifting for a church planting team. The planter and his team are endorsed and sent out by the Sending Church. The planting church develops a culture of missional engagement and reproduction - continually looking for Persons of Peace and and pockets of people.
Church planting is the result of good mission work. Evangelism is sharing the Gospel or Good News of Jesus Christ. Disciples are learners and followers of Jesus who are taught to obey His commands. Growing disciples become leaders when they influence other people. A solid leadership development process is needed to develop church planters. Greater Orlando Adventures in Leadership is GOBA's leadership development process for pastors and church planters. The GOAL is help local churches to develop an abundance of leaders to enable the church to carry out it's missional mandate in a balanced, Acts 1:8, strategy that results in the multiplication of disciples, leaders and churches.
Resources: Southern Baptists collaborate together to encourage strong healthy church plants. Key collaborators include:
The Brevard Baptist Association
The Space Coast population is growing. That fact combined with the great commandment to love God and people as well as the great commission to go make disciples will lead churches to not only grow but reproduce.
All kinds of Churches
New Churches - New Life
SPACE COAST CHURCH PLANTING
The church is the body of Christ - Jesus said, "for where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am with them". (Matthew 18:20, NIV)
The BBA moves into 2017 praying to the "Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest." Our goal is to be kingdom partners with the evangelical community as we bring the gospel to every man, woman, and child in Brevard County, Florida.
Both English-speaking and languages churches need to be started. The BBA works through its partner churches to plant churches in all kinds of settings. The focus is to develop multiplying churches and support churches.