FUNDAMENTALS FOR PLANTING CHURCHES
Desired Outcome: To help the church planter face three issues: (1) From whom?Is it the kingdom that I am building? (2) What is the church as the body of Christ? (3) Am I a church planter?
Welcome to the Self-Study Guide for Church Initiator. This study guide is based on theBasic Preparation Course for Church Planters.
You are considering starting a church, or maybe you are already participating fully in the process to start a church. However, the lessons that follow will give you the opportunity to trace your plans to start a new church, or to strengthen the efforts you are already making, to start a church first of all, you will definitely receive much more benefit by attending a MINICOURSE FOR Basic Preparation for Church Planters. In that experience, you can not only be with other church planters who are experiencing the dynamics of the analogy that “Iron with iron is sharpened,” and you will take advantage of your experiences, but you will also see together with a Mentor for the Church Planter who will work with you to process the different issues related to church planting.
Well, let’s not regret not being part of a course, because this self-study guide will guide you in the precise directions to teach you how you are going to start a church.
Three strands that are in all your experience of Preparing to Start a Church Three strands are common in each learning lesson. The strands focus on different aspects of the person and the learning experiences.
I. Head: concepts of church planting
In each lesson, concepts about church planting will be presented. It is essential that the church planter understand these concepts of process, experience, preparation and its effective functioning in the field of work.
II. Heart: Sspiritual transformation
It is not enough to have intellectual knowledge about starting churches. The initiation of churches It is a spiritual work and requires spiritual preparation.
III. Hands: Skills or skills that must be developed.
The Preparation to Start Churches seeks to teach the initiator essential skills for process of starting a church. More effort will be required to develop the skills identified. As the process of starting a church progresses, others will be needed abilities. Actions to make the most of Preparing to Start Churches.
A. Address it with an open spirit and prayer.
B. Take the activities seriously and aggressively strive to complete them.
C. Discuss what you are learning with a friend, or better yet, with a person that is willing to serve as a mentor in this experience of starting a church. Encourage yourself to ask serious questions.
D. Discuss what you are learning with your spouse; not only listen to your spouse, but also involve him in the effort.
E. Set dates to complete the activities.
F. Follow the Preparation to Start Churches with a Basic Preparation (Minicourse) for Church initiators and then participate in a FEDGLOMI Network of Church Planters .
Spend a few minutes to identify the distractions and challenges to Prepare and to be Positive to Start Churches. Include your spouse or team members to start churches of your church, if there is one.
Spend a few minutes praying for others who will participate in the efforts of your church when starting another church. Observe this practice every day that you participate in this study.
Start a diary of your progress, and wear it throughout this study. Use that diary to carry a record of your thoughts and answers to the questions you will find during the study. Your diary will be a kind of road map of your successes and failures. Make your notes of the way you think you can feel free to share them with a mentor, other initiators of churches, members of the team of church planters in your church, and others who will be a part of the experience. Make use of the prayer journal each time you arrive at an activity in this guide.
I. The initiation of churches and the kingdom of God.
To join God in his work of starting churches there are three important aspects to explore, and they provide a strong foundation on which to build. They are: the kingdom of God, the church, and the initiator. This first lesson is designed to challenge you to unpack and repack your suitcases to prepare for the day of starting a church.
Define “the kingdom of God.”
A. There is only one kingdom and it belongs to God.
Our heavenly Father is the sole Owner of His kingdom.
However, Satan builds many. We are building, either the kingdom of God, or one of the many kingdoms of Satan. God allows us to participate in His kingdom, and His purpose is to let the church be the window through which the world sees its kingdom.
B. The kingdom of God extends to the ends of the earth through His church.
When starting New Testament churches, the kingdom of God extends to the communities, neighborhoods and groups of people. The transforming grace of God creates the presence visible from the kingdom of God as groups of people gather in bodies spiritual God’s desire is for every church to be an authentic revelation of the presence of his kingdom.
C. The church extends the kingdom of God through its apostolic function.
The words “apostle” and “apostolic” have the same Greek root. The word means “Send.” The words “mission” and “missionary” come from a Latin word, and it also means “send.”
God is the sending agent; the church is the one sent. The mission field needs to be defined in theological and non-geographic terms. The mission field exists where the faith and unbelief collide.
D. Jesus was the first apostle
God sent Jesus into the world; therefore, Jesus was the first apostle. “Thus, brothers, you who have been sanctified and who have a part in the same heavenly call, consider Jesus, apostle and high priest of the faith that we profess “(Hebrews 3: 1). As an Apostle, Christ is the only and eternal model that the people must follow apostolically. Jesus exhibits all the apostolic qualities that our heavenly Father desires in his people.
In the Synoptic Gospels Jesus made several statements about why he came.
Some are Matthew. 20:28; Frames. 1:38; 2:17; Luke. 19:10. In the Gospel of John there are a good number of verses where Jesus talks about being sent (apostolate) by the Father.
E. All disciples of Jesus are called to be an apostolic people.
Jesus modeled this with the twelve. Jesus prayed: “As you sent me to the world, I send them also to the world “(John 17:18). Later Jesus said: “As the Father sent me to you, so I send you “(John 20:21). What the Father sent Jesus to do in His
physical body, now sends the church as His spiritual body to do. Church nascent was apostolic in his activity. In Acts we see that “Those who had dispersed they preached the word wherever they went “(Acts 8: 4).
Implication: An apostolic people equipped and strengthened by God has the potential to create movements that multiply and that go to the ends of the earth.
Reflection: What are other implications for you and the scenario where you want to start a church?
II. The initiation of churches and the church
Take a few moments to define the word “church.” Now, ask yourself: Describe this adequately what you think is a “church”? What would others think of its definition?
A. The church is a spiritual body
The very essence of the church is spiritual. It can not be started or built without the Holy Spirit of God. It is God who gives birth to his church through the presence and power of his Spirit. Therefore, one should not see the church in terms of buildings, organizational structure, models or programs, but as a spiritual body that has been put into existence by the Holy Spirit.
B. The church is a functional body.
? The church is functional because there are identifiable functions that exist in every healthy church.
These functions are worship, witness, discipleship, ministry, mission and companionship or communion. Let’s define these unctions in a simple way.
To adore is to meet God.
? To testify is to proclaim Jesus (or to proclaim what we know to be true about Jesus.)
? To disciple is to develop the faith of believers.
? Ministry is to attend to human needs in the name of Jesus.
? Missions is to proclaim Jesus beyond ourselves (think in terms ofgroups of people, socio-economic, language, racial, and not just geography terms.)
? Fellowship or communion is sharing life. A key description of the Communion is found in Romans 12:15: “Rejoice with those who are happy; cry with those who cry. ”
? C. The church is a relational body
The church is a relational body because it is made up of people who have reconciled with God, and a people of God reconciled among themselves. The relational aspect of the church expresses itself better in horizontal and vertical dimensions. Even when the adoration is best expressed in the vertical dimension, and the other functions in the horizontal dimension, are not mutually exclusive.
? D. The church is a body that reproduces.
Starting a new church is not an end in itself. Healthy churches should be churches that reproduce. Integral in the DNA of the new church that you are initiating is the genetic code of reproduction. Make plans so that within the first three years the new church that you are initiating participate in starting a new church. Few churches that wait more than three years to reproduce come to
Implication: God has not called me to start my church, but invites me to join him to Start another demonstration of his church.
Reflection: What are other implications for you in the place where you want to start a church?
? III. The initiation of a church and the initiator.
A. Some new churches fail. As everything grows or falls due to the skills relationships of the leader, then the church planter must evaluate his life in several aspects:
? The church planter must be a believer who has been born again and continuously cultivate a healthy relationship with the Father.
This is a spiritual work, and it requires people born of the Spirit. Additionally, in the intense work, that consumes time, and loaded of responsibility, that supposes the task To start a church, it is easy to neglect the personal relationship with the Father. The initiator he or she must maintain a healthy relationship with the Father. The landscape is littered with remains of those who neglected this, and fell morally or spiritually while they tried to serve God with a spiritually empty heart.
? B. The church planter needs a clear sense and understanding of his calling and role as a church planter.
According to Paul, “He himself constituted some, apostles; to others, prophets; to others, evangelists; and to others, pastors and teachers “(Ephesians 4:11). To successfully start a church one must have a clear understanding of the call to the role of initiator of churches. Starting churches requires a specific calling and talents. Paul tells us that one is the one who plants, another is the one who waters, but it is God who gives the growth (See 1 Corinthians 3: 5-9). One must explore his function in the initiation of a church.
Has it God called to start this church? Has God called me to initiate it and then go to another place? Has God called me to start it and stay here?
There is a difference in the role of the church planter and the pastoral role. The initiator of churches should be careful not to move too quickly to the role of pastor.
? C. The church planter needs to exhibit characteristics of starting churches.According to Charles Ridley there are at least 13 characteristics that are common for the Successful church planter:
1. Ability to see
2. Intrinsically motivated
3. Create ownership of the ministry
4. It is related to the lost
5. Cooperation of the spouse
6. Effectively engage in personal relationships
7. Is committed to the growth of the church
8. Respond to the community
9. Use the talents of others
10. Flexible and adaptable
11. Fosters group cohesion
12. Resistance and perseverance
13. Exercise faith
If you have not done this evaluation, you would do well to make these arrangements through your boardlocal missionary
? D. The church planter needs a good backup system
An objective and interested eye is invaluable to the church planter. Is there any Mentor or coaching system in place? The Process of Initiating FEDGLOMI Churches is designed to provide continuous support through weekly mentoring meetings and chain meetings of colleagues (FEDGLOMI CHURCH PLANTER NETWORK) that meet each four weeks.
? F. The initiator of Churches needs to set thoughtful expectations Unreal expectations can kill him. Have you clearly thought what you can Realistically wait? Have you considered the cost?
Identify key issues you need to consider when you start or continue in the role of initiator of churches.
Develop a simple plan of action that identifies how your pastor can help you in your Continuous development.
Before proceeding to the next lesson, spend a few minutes in prayer throughout this process.
THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER TO START CHURCHES.
Desired Outcome: That the church planter prepares a list of potential intercessors and make plans to get these people to form a team of intercessory prayer.
“Because our struggle is not against human beings, but against powers, against authorities, against powers that dominate this world of darkness, against evil spiritual forces in the celestial regions. . . . Pray in the Spirit at all times, with petitions and prayers.
Be alert and persevere in prayer for all the saints. Pray also for me so that, When I speak, may God give me the words to make the mystery of the gospel known with courage, which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray for me to proclaim it bravely, as I should do it “(Ephesians 6:12, 18-20).
Developing an understanding of the priority of prayer.
? God starts His church
The initiation of a church is a spiritual war. God starts his church by recovering the territory, breaking down barriers and strengths. Prayer is our resource to tear down These barriers and strengths.
? B. Prayer is the basic factor to start a new church.
The priority of the sentence is the pattern that is clearly established when drawing the movement of God in the book of Acts. (See Acts 16: the initiation of the churchin Philippi).
? C. Prayer is the vital link between God and the church planter.
Prayer in the life of the church planter allows you to stay sensitive to leadership of the Holy Spirit, as he guides the initiator to establish his church.
? II. Developing your personal life of prayer.
In the initiation of a church, prayer must begin in the life of the initiator. On account of the overwhelming responsibility and the demanding demands of the initiation of a church, the The initiator’s personal prayer life should be closely monitored.
? Biblical examples of prayer for church planters.
1. The example of Jesus. Mark. 1:35-38
Even in the busiest moments of his ministry, Jesus recognized the need to be alone with the Father. In the wake of this time with the Father he was able to maintain his focus on the work he had been sent to do, and not divert to the ministry popular.
2. The example of Peter. Acts 10: 9-20
Because of this time of prayer Peter could hear that God was speaking to him about a new direction in the ministry. This address was something that Peter would never have followed by own initiative.
3. The example of Paul. Acts 16: 6-9.
It seems that through prayer Paul was able to determine the direction of the Spirit at close and open doors. Moreover, in the experience of starting the church in Philippi, the Prayer played an important role in finding Lydia and opening the jailer’s heart.
? B. As a church planter you need to develop your personal prayer life.
Write the answers to these questions in your journal.
1. Do you have a personal prayer time?
Every church planter should observe a daily appointment with God. The best time is early in the morning. Leaving the prayer for the end of the day is like going to work without getting dressed for the day. Not only that prayer must take place early in the morning, It must also be done in a quiet place. Spend enough time so you do not look rushed, and so you can spend enough time listening to God. A prayer journal can be a useful resource. Use your journal to record your prayers, specific impressions, and your list of requests. Review your diary Prayer can be a source of encouragement and refocusing.
2. Do you and your spouse pray together?
Are you both united in the physical and spiritual effort to start a church?
3. Do we participate in prayer as a family?
Including your family in a time of prayer is essential to maintain a perspective appropriate while starting a church.
4. To whom am I responsible for my time of prayer?
Every church planter must have at least one person with whom he can pray at a deep level. This includes the most intimate matters in prayer. As well He must be a person who can demand accountability for his devotional time.
? III. Forming your intercessory prayer team.
It is expected that by following the next section of this material you will work to form your intercessor team. The following is designed to help you do so.
? Essential criteria for gathering your intercessory prayer teams.
1. They have a passion for the lost and for starting churches.
Those who are going to be intercessors must have the same desire of theirs to reach the lost and start new churches. The people you get should not have a careless attitude towards spiritual warfare.
2. They must be people of prayer.
3. They have shown interest in their life and ministry.
A group of people who will form a good intercessory prayer team are the who have shown interest in their life and ministry. In all its spiritual journey God has placed key people with whom you can count for prayer. No matter how much time has passed since you last saw them, they are still praying for you. Maybe they have a connection and personal relationship with their life.
Do not forget the people in your current or previous ministry environment. Maybe they have sustained financially, or have been by your side in difficult times. Can be someone from the church or churches that support it.
Do not forget those who are closest to you. Often they can give you the best responsibility in what has to do with your prayer team intercessor.
4. They are people who are faithful in their prayer commitments.
They are people who do not just say “I’m going to pray for you,” but you can tell how seriously they will pray for you.
5. They are people that you know who know how to keep confidences.
When talking about prayer needs that have to do with issues related to your family, the development of the nuclear group, the lost to those who are witnessing to them, etcetera, you need to be certain that these matters will remain confidential.
Stop here and start preparing a list of people you can invite to join your intercessory prayer team.
1. Use the five ideas above to start preparing your list.
2. Review the criteria and eliminate those that should not appear on your list. (Note the list ofIntercessory Prayer Team, at the end of this lesson.)
3. Make plans to discuss your list with your mentor or initiator team.
churches, describing the reasons why he chose those he included in the list.
4. Review and adjust your list based on the new perspective you received when listening to others.
? B. Essential things to form your intercessory prayer team
Prepare an invitation sheet for those you will invite to join your team.Intercessory prayer.
Starting is usually the biggest challenge. It is essential that you communicate to the people clearly what he asks. In this case, that they serve in a team of intercessory prayer.
To get your cooperation you can talk to them face to face, by phone, email (e-mail) or letter.
2. Include an agreement that reflects the responsibility and expectations of both parts. Take seriously the search and responsibility of your intercessory prayer team. Clearly describe your responsibilities and expectations of members of the team. Also, let them know what they can expect from you. Provide them with a simple agreement that they can return as a mutual commitment to form the intercessory prayer team. Tell others the names of those who make up the equipment. Encourage a sense of team through your agreement.
3. Prepare a plan for ongoing communication, in order to communicate requests for prayer and keep your intercessory prayer team up to date.
Make regular contact with your intercessory prayer team. Prepare a sheet information that you can use regularly to communicate up-to-date news, requests for prayer and answers to prayers. This must be different from a circular letter general.
Prepare your sheet to request participation in your intercessory prayer group:
Write a letter inviting individuals to be part of your prayer team Intercessor.
2. Prepare a simple agreement that includes roles, expectations and responsibilities.
IV. Developing a church that prays.
A. What you want in the end, build it in the beginning. It is not enough to simply have people praying for the new church, but from the beginning the new church should develop as people of prayer.
B. Make the prayer more than “apobookibros.”
Prayer is often treated as if it were “apoielibros” that we use to start and finish the meetings. Think of prayer in every situation. Do not let it deteriorate and become a routine or drawer activity.
? C. Teach to pray.
Do not assume that people know how to pray. Model the prayer. Teach specifically about prayer. There are many good resources on the prayer of the one that can lay hands on and share them with individuals and groups.
? D. Develop some specific prayer ministries.
There are many prayer ministries that a new church can develop. A chain prayer will keep members connected to prayer needs.
Which others could you quickly include in the list?
? E. Use the seasons of prayer for world missions.
From the beginning, train your people to pray during prayer season Pro International Missions, and the biblical emphasis, as well as the emphasis on prayer for the missions in your state. Many associations are starting their own seasons of prayer. Participate in prayer and share prayer needs which can be included in these special occasions of prayer.
Name, Address, Telephone.
EVANGELIZATION: STRATEGY FOR PEOPLE
Desired Outcome: That the church planter prepare a strategy of evangelization that Is base in the identified ministry focus group. “Jesus then approached them and said to them,” I have been given all authority in heaven and in the Earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit “(Matthew 28: 19-20).
? ACTIVITY 1:
Using the following scenario, discuss how you would like to engage a person conversation that can lead you to testify.
You are working at a neighborhood party to start a new church. It shows to One person in the group, who seems interested but uncomfortable. When engaging conversation discovers that he is a nominal Catholic, but that he seeks spiritual meaning for life.
He also discovers that he is going through a personal or family crisis, who hesitates to say.
? Things that are taken for granted in terms of evangelization.
? Evangelization is not optional in the initiation of churches.
Starting a church is reaching those who are not saved or who do not attend any church, and not simply to gather the unsaved or redistribute into new churches those who already they attend the current churches. If the beginning of new churches is the most effective method of evangelization under heaven, then evangelization is not optional for the initiatorof churches.
? B. God is working in the lives of unbelievers, and invites us to unite with Him.
God is dedicated to the task of redemption, as demonstrated in his activity through of his son. Every strategy of people must begin with the understanding that God He does not want anyone to perish.
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, according to some understand the delay. Rather, he has patience with you, because he does not want let no one perish but let everyone repent “(2 Peter 3: 9). God invites us to let us join him in his work of drawing all men to Himself. In evangelization the sovereignty factor also enters.
? C. Many non-believers are curious and interested in spiritual things.
As we move from modernity to postmodernity, the chaos that results in the Man’s opening to supernatural explanation is replacing order. This does not results in a need for a Christian belief, but it has created an opening to spiritual things. The New Age movement has raised questions that only the Gospel can answer.
? D. Those who are not believers must overcome specific barriers related to the gospel.
George Hunter presents us with four types of barriers that secular people have to overcome in relation to the gospel. These barriers are vocabulary, image, culture and gospel in itself. Regardless of the focus group of your ministry, it is useful to identify what specific barriers must be overcome by the people you are trying to reach. As evangelists we must break down the first three barriers.
You have to present the gospel in a simple way, but without lowering it. A missiologist I say: “We can tear down all barriers, except the barrier of the cross.”
? E. For most non-believers the conversion process is long.
The Engel scale is an excellent tool to understand what it costs you move from lack of understanding to realize the gospel, and then to be a disciple. In today’s world many are starting farther and farther on their journey to faith in God. George Hunter suggested in 1992 that a third of secular people do not have Christian memories, another third do not understand what believers are talking about, and the another third has only distant Christian memories. He said: “The most secular people do not they are familiar with the basic things of the Bible. They do not know how to respond to challenge to put one completely under the influence of Jesus. “(How to Reach Secular People, Four.Five).
? F. A specific prayer strategy is an important part of the conversion process.
To start a church is to regain spiritual strengths by extending the kingdom of God. The Prayer is one of our means to tear down strongholds. Here you have to try two ideas The first is that the church needs a plan to pray for the lost. Should to be able to answer the question: “Who are we praying for who could be saved?” church has to realize the truth of the claim that evangelization start talking to the Father about men before we can talk to the men about the Father. A resource for a new church could be Praying Your Friends to Christ. Second, we must take advantage of the fact that many who are not Believers are sensitive and open to prayer. Agnes Liu suggests that the process of Conversion includes three things: attitude, experience and theological knowledge. The attitudes change as non-believers have positive encounters with believers As you pray for individuals, or are encouraged to pray, they have experiences positive as the sentences are answered, which leads to an opening to the spiritual truth. (See George Hunter, How to Reach Secular People, pp. 83-85).
? G. Non-believers need a safe place to resolve their faith issues.
Unbelievers often have difficult questions concerning the Christian faith. A group small or a large group of worship designed to deal with difficult issues of Faith can be an important part of your search.
H. Non-believers are often reached by their hearts.
With the integrity of the church at stake, it is essential that faith be demonstrated. Means such as service evangelization are effective in demonstrating the authenticity of the gospel. Acts of kindness without conditions can make the big difference to open the heart to the gospel.
? Non-believers are often reached through personal relationships.
Many studies have been done on the importance of personal relationships both to get a positive ear to the gospel, so as to incorporate the church into new believers. This does not negate the need to talk about our faith to people with who will not have the opportunity to cultivate personal relationships. But he emphasizes the importance of proclaiming the gospel to the people with whom we are already related, to establish new personal relationships with people who do not attend no church and they are not saved, and tell them about the message of God’s grace.
? J. The church planter should model evangelization.
There is significant truth in the affirmation that evangelization is spread more than it teaches. The church planter must evangelize and not simply talk about evangelism. If the church is formed with unsaved people who do not attend any
church, what are being saved will experience the evangelization that models the church planter. If there is already a key group in place when the initiator reaches the field, you should immediately start taking people with you so that they can see him model evangelization.
II. Strategies for evangelization.
A. Review the profile of your community.
We can not assume that all evangelization strategies are the same; therefore, it is important to start by reviewing the profile of the community. Is I need to ask four key questions:
1. Where are those who are not saved, or who do not attend any church?
2. Who are the ones who are not saved, or who do not attend any church?
3. Why are they not saved, or not attending any church?
4. What is being done in relation to those who are not saved, or who do not attend any church?
? B. Create an image in the community.
Lyle Schaller suggests that a vital issue in preparing to start a new congregation is to create a positive image within the community. The community must to be able to identify that there will be attention for their spiritual needs.
Key to this principle are the following principles:
1. Focus on those who do not attend any church.
2. Neutralize existing barriers whenever possible.
3. Specialize in personal relationships and methods.
4. Focus on people who are experiencing changes.
5. Minister to real needs, felt, and that those who do not attend any church
they could wait.
6. Use every opportunity to create a positive image.
b. Direct mail
c. Articles and advertisements in newspapers
g. Special cults and for search engines
h. Other opportunities
? C. Build credibility within the community through service evangelization.
The evangelization of service includes demonstrating the goodness of God by offering to Do some act of humble service without conditions.
? ACTIVITY 2:
Spend a few minutes to brainstorm some events of service evangelization that could do and that require little budget and only some how many people. Write on the list as many ideas as you can, as quickly as possible.
Also brainstorm with members of the church planting team your church, if possible.
? D. Penetrate people’s networks of work.
Jesus often demonstrated the importance of penetrating people’s networks of work.
Matthew’s call led to an invitation to a party; and so he penetrated into a new work network Andrew’s call led to Peter’s call.
All contact has the potential to open new doors to opportunities to talk about gospel. In the New Testament it is not uncommon for a whole family to be evangelized.
Priority should be given to penetration into people’s networks.
? 1. Identify the potential work networks of non-believers. What are the networks of social, political, educational, economic work related to their work, and fun, in your community?
? 2. Pray specifically asking God to open the doors to these networks.
Who are the people who have a part in these networks? Who are they the goalkeepers that can allow the passage or block the entrance to these networks job?
? 3. Enter these work networks of people in their own paddock.
? 4. Establish specific personal relationships within these networks.
? 5. Relate believers with unbelievers whenever possible.
Sometimes the initiators fall into the lack of relating to non-believers who are they are witnessing only to themselves. Start linking them with others believers Ask yourself frequently: “Who would you relate to best? person in our new church? “Then facilitate the presentation and the new contact.
? ACTIVITY 3:
Talk to your mentor about the ways and places where you could penetrate the networks of work of the people. Identify some specific work networks and key people regarding the networks of work in which you think God wants you to penetrate. (This activity can also be done with the church planting team of your church.)
? E. Intentionally speak to the non-believers about the gospel.
One person was converted to Christ by attending a crusade by Billy Graham. Excited For the good news, a co-worker asked him: “Why did not you do it? Christian before? “The new believer explained:” I saw how well you lived without being a believer, and I thought I could do it too. “The co-worker felt convicted because He was a believer, but he had been a silent Christian. You have to live the gospel, but you also have to proclaim it. Intentionality is the key to any testimony effective. A partner who demands accountability can help you:
1. Observe, listen, and seize opportunities to talk about the gospel.
2. Tell what Christ is doing and has done in his life.
3. Tell key non-believers Bible verses.
4. Ask non-believers to make specific decisions about the gospel.
5. Prepare a specific plan to penetrate the various communities where the church It has not penetrated.
? ACTIVITY 4:
Make a list of three couples or individuals for whom you have committed to pray and to tell them about the gospel. Set a specific time to pray for those on your list.
Ask your mentor to hold you accountable for this three-week prayer time.
It will be useful if you and your mentor set hours or dates in which you can be accountable and Report your fidelity to this prayer. Remember to tell your mentor any response specific that results from your prayers. (This activity can also be done with your team church planter of his church).
F. Prepare specific plans and activities to compile a large group of candidates for who evangelize.
It is essential that the new church be able to identify a number of people by name and address, and that are candidates for evangelization. Identify work networks in which people live in a survey of oikós or concentric circle is a way to start this list. Enroll people in “fishing pond events” it’s another way to constantly expand the list.
H. Equip others to disciple.
We’ve all heard: If you want to feed a man for a day, give him a fish. Yes you want to feed him for a lifetime, teach him to fish. “It must be the role of everything disciple equip others. Many churches do not grow because they fail in this. The Following demonstrates a simple format to equip.
1. Model: I do it, you watch it.
2. Mentor: We do it together.
3. Monitor: You do it, I watch.
4. Multiplier: You do it, someone else observes.
? ACTIVITY 5:
Prepare a list of two or three people by which you can multiply. What plans do you have to look for them and start equipping them?
Prepare a specific plan for the immediate follow-up of all new believers.
Some resources are:
“Let the Celebration Begin”
“Let the Celebration Continue”
Beginning Steps and Follow Me.
? DEVELOPING A KEY GROUP
Desired Outcome: Help the church planter identify a method to seek and form a key group for the new church
I. What is a key group?
A key group is the new church in seed.
The new churches have genetic codes that determine their nature. Two sources for This codification is the key group and the pastoral leadership. These two factors impact the size, shape, and personality of the new church. An expert in the growth of church writes: “Your first twenty members will determine who will be the next hundred members. “It is better that the key group reflects the ministry focus group and find within the area chosen for the new church. The meeting, development and placement of Key group is the process of preparing a new church for its initiation. In a graphic there is the things below ground that prepares for the start of the church, or the church “going out to public. “The African American Church Planter’s Guide says:” The key group is the people you are looking for to help you plan and launch the new work. “Two words Warning are:
1. When gathering a key group, do not simply look for anyone; Be careful and pray a lot.
2. Remember that your key group will influence the attitudes of your new congregation for many years.
? ACTIVITY 1:
Review one of the passages from Paul’s ministry (Appendix A). Do you see any principlet o develop a key group? Is there any method that you could use to form your key group?
II. How do you form a key group?
The primary factor in bringing together the key group is the vision for the new church. One second factor is the constitution of the ministry group approach for the new church. Other factor is the plan of the new church to grow, reach and evangelize. Of the many ways to identify and bring together a key group, then explain four basic:
A. The first method to gather a key group is to form it with people within the group of ministry focus and chosen area (most of which will be a combination of new converts and believers who have stopped attending church for a long time).
Sometimes this looks like negative. “These people have no church background; do not they know how we do things; they do not even know the Bible; they do not know our traditions, etc. “Kennon Callahan advocates this method.
“We must start with the popular base of people at present are not participating in the churches, and, with and among them, help create missionary communities of reconciliation. . . . We want many people who do not attend any church to be among the first participants. . . It will not be helpful for the founding participants consist only or even primarily of people who have attended long
time to church. Most likely, your experience will have been in churches stable, or in decline, or dying. They will have learned well how to build a church stable, or declining, or dying, having learned the patterns of behavior that focuses on the institutional, functional, method of the local church.
Examples of how key groups meet in the chosen area.
1. Some church planters gather one key group one person at a time. He The process is normally one of personal evangelization. As people come to faith, the initiator disciplines them. When he has managed to win a sufficient group, the gather and begin to mold them to be the new church.
2. Other church planters begin to gather a group of people, often in a Bible study As the members of the Bible study group come to the faith, the initiator disciplines them and guides them to commit themselves to become a church. A variation of this is to streamline the process by simultaneously developing several Bible study groups, and then bring them together to form the key to the new church.
3. In recent times, several methods have been used to start gathering a group large number of people before forming the key group. A crowd does not make a church. Usually what has to happen after the big meeting is a process of form a key group of that crowd, which will move the church forward.
B. The second method includes gathering people from the sponsoring church who live in the area where the new church will be, or people who are willing to attend meetings to provide a numerical and leadership base for the new church.
This method works well where
the colonization model is used to start churches (that is, start a church to
minister to the same kind of people as there is in the sponsoring church, and of the
same way that the sponsoring church has done the ministry).
The new church is very close to the sponsoring church.
the new church is expected to resemble the church that sponsors it.
the members of the sponsoring church resemble the constitution of the group of ministry focus It is wise to look for these people using the vision and basic values of the new church as agents to sift them, instead of extending an open invitation for people to come to be part of the key group to start the church.
“The key group should be made up of people who have the same vision to reach the chosen community “(Baptist General Convention of Texas, page 9). In addition, the following questions can be useful when considering people who could be offered as volunteers to be part of the key group.
Do these people fit in with the people who make up the focus group? ministry or chosen area? If not, do they have the ability to cross cultures?
What flexibility do they have in their attitudes and skills for personal relationships?
What is your level of spiritual maturity?
? C. A third method of finding and bringing together a key group is to include two or more churches that they work together to form a key group with some of its members. For this one model, the same steps are applied to search for members. This method works well if the chosen area is at a distance from the associated churches and if other churches in the general area have shepherds with a vision of the kingdom, and who are willing to commission some of its members to the chosen area, to be part of the new church.
? D. A fourth method is a combination of the above methods. If the plan to form the new church revolves around evangelization and a key group has been achieved With collaborating church or church members, it is advisable to strive to include to new people in the group as soon as possible.
E. Whatever the method, the following are some key principles that should be Use to gather the key group:
1. Have your vision clear and be able to present it very well.
2. Never stop gathering.
3. Search for divine appointments.
4. Ask the appropriate questions and listen to the answers.
5. Always carry something printed that you can leave with people.
6. Find members of the key group who are committed to working with you.
7. Use formal and informal meetings to bring the group together.
Speaking about a church startup recently in Philadelphia, the initiator brought together a key group of 20 people before the public launch of the new church.
He carried out several activities to form the group, including surveys of the area, dinners at home, recreation meetings in the park, and service events to the community. His strategy to form the key group included engaging in relationships personal, present the vision, and personally seek out group members key through a specific invitation.
III. How to develop the key group?
“Key groups are best developed in informal meetings of interested people.
Through these meetings, personal relationships are cultivated, the truth is explored
spiritual, and questions are asked. This will form a strong key group that will lead to a new healthy church “(William C. Tinsley, Breaking the Mold, p.30).
A. When to meet to form the key group?
Many prefer to meet at night during the week, in homes. There are advantages and disadvantages in this plan. Some initiators use the method of Sunday morning for an “hour of fellowship and Bible study.” This often looks like a Sunday school and worship service but because the church that is started is a “Future event,” and the levels of expectation are reduced, some find the meetings of the Sunday morning a good alternative.
Aubrey Malphurs advises the initiators to grant a good period of time for the development of the key group. “Several weeks must be granted for the development of the key group. The group should meet weekly to pray and study the Bible, and so on determine the direction that God wants the new work to follow. It takes time to cultivate true love, communion and trust among group members.
? B. What are you doing to develop the key group?
You can use all kinds of activities that cultivate the communion and fellowship of the group, to help members grow spiritually, to explain the vision and core values of the new church, to prepare potential leaders in the necessary skills for the church that is started. With this group serving as the seed for the new church, they will be prepared to:
1. The first public worship of the new church.
2. The ministry of Bible study and small groups.
3. Evangelization and outreach programs.
4. The discipleship ministry and to equip the members.
5. Ministries to the community.
6. Fellowship that incorporates new members.
C. What is the objective of the development of the key group?
The goal is to formulate a covenant or commitment to start the new church. “He commitment of the existing and potential key group is vital for the start of a church. . . . The group must commit itself firmly to the new work “(Aubrey Malphurs, Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century, p. 278).
The commitment has to be to the vision, to the basic values, to the focus group of the ministry, and strategy for ministry. The African American Guide reads this statement: “The process of explaining the vision well to the members of the key group is vital to get them to make it theirs. . . . ‘You can not establish a vision by edict, nor for exercising the power of coercion. It is more an act of persuasion, of creating a enthusiastic commitment and dedicated to the vision as it is accurate for the time, the best for the rganization, and what is best for those who are working on it. Note that where people do not make the vision their own, or they make it their own half-heartedly, there is usually very little or no commitment; where people strongly endorse the vision, so there is a high commitment in general.
D. How large should the key group be?
This is like asking: How long should a man’s legs be? A answer would be: “Long enough to reach the ground.” The number The exact number of people included will vary depending on the field and the type of church is starting There usually have to be enough people to provide resources for the activities indicated in number
2. Many new churches they start only with the initiator’s family. Some start with two or three adults.
Some churches that plan to “go out to the public” with 200 or more people try to have about 50 or more in the key group before launch.
III. What should happen during the development of the key group?
A large part of the development process is done as a foundation activity, preparing for the public launch of the new church. Specific preparation must be done to develop leadership for the small groups needed in the life of the new church. The
members of the key group should start ministries in the community. You have to develop to the leadership of the adoration for the public life of the new church. Care must be exercised so that the key group does not become a closed community. If the object of the new church is to reach people, this must begin at the stage of development.
As long as the purpose of the development of the key group is not rapid numerical growth, of all ways during this period should be carried out activities of scope and projects of evangelism.
IV. What happens to the key group after the public launch of the new church?
Most key groups go through some struggles as the new church starts and He begins to put into practice his vision, achievements and initial mission. It is not uncommon for some of the members of the key group leave the new church as it reaches its vision. Normally this is traumatic for the novice initiators. Some people, even then they expressed their initial commitment to the vision and values of the new church, they they obstinate and resist at various points in the progress of the new church. Usually this It happens due to supposed losses.
First, there is loss of privacy. As new people come to the church and the circles open to assimilate them, decreases intimacy in the key group. According to the pastor spends more time reaching new people and working with them, the intimacy with him decreases.
B. Second, there is loss of influence. Again, as the group grows, the influence of the key group. It is not unusual to find them acting selfishly to preserve power.
C. Third, there is loss of identity. With the passage of time and growth, many of the “settlers” do not recognize the “pioneers” or give them the respect they deserve for their sacrifices at the beginning in the first difficult days of the life of the church.
? ACTIVITY 2:
Discuss these issues with the church planting team at your church:
1. Where are we in the process of finding and developing our key group?
2. What is the strategy to enlarge and strengthen the key group?
What is your level of commitment to one another, the church that starts, the vision, the ministry focus group, and the prepared strategy?
CELEBRATION OF WORSHIP
Desired Outcome: To help the church planter deal with the principles relating to the worship and develop a plan for worship services that is sensitive to the ministry issues of the ministry focus group.
The year of the death of King Uzziah, I saw the Lord exalted and sublime sitting on a throne; the borders of his mantle filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each of the which had six wings: with two of them they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two were flying. And they said to each other: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory. “At the sound of their voices, the thresholds shook. from the doors and the temple was filled with smoke. Then I shouted: “Woe to me, I’m lost! I am a man with impure lips and I live in the midst of a people with blasphemous lips, and not yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty! “At that time he flew towards me one of the seraphim. He was holding an ember in his hand which, with a pair of pliers, he had taken from the altar. With it he touched my lips and said: “Look, this has touched your lips; your wickedness has been erased, and your sin, forgiven. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: -To whom I will send? Who will go for us? And I answered: – Here I am. Send me! “(Isaiah 6: 1-8).
“But the time is near, and it has come, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, because that is the way the Father wants those who adore him. Godsspirit, and those who worship him must do so in spirit and in truth “(John 4: 23-24). The Bible reveals at least two dimensions of worship: One that includes the believers, and the other that includes non-believers. Even when non-believers do not worship In any case, you can experience the powerful testimony of a body of believers who worship in a united way. This is the kind of worship that best represents what you want to say be part of the family of God. Even when there is both personal and corporate worship, This explanation focuses on the types of corporate worship.
Biblical worship includes at least two dimensions.
Believers who worship in spirit and in truth (John 4: 23-24).
B. Non-believers who seek the truth, who understand the truth, who come to feel convicts, and who become true worshipers (1 Corinthians 14: 24-25).
II. Three arrangements that should be part of every worshiping congregation:
In past decades we have seen the emergence of the emphasis on methods of for search engines, or sensitivity to the search. This lesson is not meant to advocate one of these methods in particular, but demonstrate the value of all three. Sometimes he worship will include all three of these arrangements. The context and purpose will determine the arrangement in every occasion
A. Adoration that takes into consideration the believer:
1. Supply the needs of believers
2. Assume that everyone already has a basic understanding of the gospel.
3. It starts more often at the point of revelation. Often in a cult of worship that considers the believer the pastor will say: “Let’s start by opening the Bible in
B. Adoration that takes into consideration the non-believer:
1. Supply the needs of non-believers.
2. Assume that no one has a basic understanding of the gospel.
3. Start at the point of relevance. In this cult he who leads often begins with a matter of recent news, a common problem with which people may be struggling, or a verse of some popular song or scene from a movie.
C. Sensitive adoration to the one who seeks:
1. Consider the believers.
2. Take it for granted that there are those who do not have a basic understanding of the gospel.
3. It begins at the point of revelation, but emphasizes a high degree of relevance.
4. Use cults that consider both the believer and the seeker.
5. Verify every element of the cult with respect to sensitivity to the one you are looking for.
Think with me for a few moments. This is not a new phenomenon. In the nineteen century the worship service of the morning was a cult that considered the believer. In the greatest part of the nation was not expected to have someone who was not a believer present. I dont know he extended no invitation to receive Christ or join the church. The evangelistic crusades and campaigns in the fall and spring were created as events who considered those who sought, directed at the population that did not attend any church, and “opened the doors of the churches” for the lost to receive Christ and join the churches. In the first part of the twentieth century many churches began to celebrate “evangelistic cults” on Sunday night, with a more informal
format of choruses and hymns, a sermon more evangelizador, and testimonies, to attract the population he did not attend church on a regular basis. In the fifties many churches changed the method and changed the name to “evening worship service.” For the the eighties many churches were leaving to celebrate the worship on Sunday by the night.
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Ask yourself: How can these worship arrangements be used in a church today?
III. Principles of Adoration.
A. Worship focuses on God and His character.
B. Adoration results in man seeing his own sin and the need for God to clean.
C. Adoration flows from the grateful hearts of the people of God.
D. Adoration must be the result of our best efforts.
E. Adoration must be contextual.
F. Worship should reflect what God is doing in people’s lives.
G. Adoration must flow from the vision and values of the church.
IV. Groups that impact the style of worship.
B. Team of Leaders of Worship
C. Key Group
D. Ministry Focus Group
V. Factors that determine the style of worship
A. Socioeconomic and educational background
B. Communication style
C. Personality and personal preferences
D. Issues of generations
E. Levels of dexterity
F. Church background
G. Cultural background and adaptability.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Whose factors will determine the style?
? ACTIVITY 2:
Identify some of the differences you face in the church you are starting, in relationship to groups and their factors, which impact worship. In what way do these different factors impact the worship and style of worship? The factors of who Do they receive priority when developing a style of worship?
Talk to your key group about the list of differences and see if they agree with your conclusions.
SAW. Issues that make up the style of worship in a church.
The style of worship is much more than just the type or types of music that are used, or the kind of sermon that is preached. The following graph shows the continuum that identify some of the issues involved in the development of a worship style.
No pole of the continuum should be seen as right or wrong, good or bad; if not just different let’s define a few of the issues that are mentioned and the suggested poles of the continuum.
The mode refers to the general tone, attitude or feeling of the worship service. Is there any So how does it seem to dominate or perhaps during the cult the mode varies widely? Relative to mode is the use of emotion. Is the cult characterized by a high use of elements that stimulate emotions, or is the cult more calm and peaceful?
In terms of leadership and planning, are plans drawn up before the beginning of the cult? of adoration? One or two people plan the cult as individuals, with little or no conversation, or worship leaders plan worship as a team and even rehearse the Program? Is there a great variety of elements and order in the cult, or everything that happens in the cult is predictable?
Celebration ………………………………………………………………………………..Calmed down
Emotional ……………………………………………………………………………………………… Still
Little …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. A lot
Low ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… High
Low ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. High
Inconverted …………………………………………. ……………………………………………….. Believers
Traditional …………………………………………. ……………………………………………….. Contemporary
Revelation …………………………………………. …………………………………………………. Relevance
Public …………………………………………. ………………………………………….. …… Private
Open …………………………………………. ……………………………………………………… .. Closed
Individual …………………………………………. ………………………………………………… Equipment
Liturgical …………………………………………. …………………………………………………. Informal
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Are there other additional issues that you have identified in your church that will affect the style of adoration? What are and what are the poles of each of these issues? Since you have decided the factors of who are going to have priority to develop the worship style, begin to determine how those factors will impact each issue.
HE Do you fully realize how “they” feel about these issues? Needs to investigate more? Sometimes church planters who deal with this matter read several books but also need to do a contextual research. Also, it’s easy project personal preferences on the people that make up the focus group of the ministry.
Prepare a statement that defines the worship style you are planning at present for your main meeting. How are different issues addressed?
VII. Elements in the worship service
B. Congregational singing and special music
F. Drama and multimedia presentation
G. Interviews and testimonies
H. Invitation and conclusions
J. Lights, audiovisuals and aromas
M. Biblical Reading
? ACTIVITY 4:
Prepare a list of the minimum requirements for the worship service in a context corporate. Check your list with your mentor and the church planting team of your church.
VIII. Use effective formats in worship services.
A. Identify churches that effectively model the worship service.
B. Join in a network of work with three or four churches that are similar in style to worship.
C. Prepare three to five different formats that will work in your situation.
D. Use a variety of elements to communicate your topic
IX. Evaluate the worship service.
A. Define the criteria for having meaningful and efficient worship services.
B. Have specific criteria and objectives for each cult.
C. Include in the evaluations those involved in the worship services.
D. Ask for the opinion of members and visitors.
FOLLOW UP ACTIVITY:
With the leadership of your key group prepare a format for the worship service that complement your vision, core values, mission and ministry focus group.