Summary: Model your new church after the first century model found in Acts 2:41-47: "Those who accepted his message were baptized and about 3,000 were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the b
Jesus said, "I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)
1. Begin by assembling together local people who are committed to Christ, to the growth of His church and the great commission. Once you have a group of people who are committed to carrying out God’s three priorities, you have half of the battle won.
2. Schedule regular meetings for prayer and study of the scriptures with people who are committed to making applications to their three key commitments. Most church fellowships grow out of group of seed families that are consecrated to the Lord for the completion of His purposes.
3. Model your new church after the first century model found in Acts 2:41-47: "Those who accepted his message were baptized and about 3,000 were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and good they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:41-47)
4. Balance your efforts toward the qualitative and quantitative growth of your fellowship. Helping people grow in spirituality should precede efforts to grow numerically.
5. Study the lives, methods and results of great church planters throughout history. Ask the Spirit of God to teach you whatever is necessary to develop a movement not just a ministry. Seek fellowship with other like minded church planters, missionaries and mission leaders for stimulus.
6. Avoid the temptation of trying to plant and grow your church with human wisdom, strength and methods. Instead, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insights. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
7. Seek Godly counsel about the best ways to go about starting a church in your target area.Ask help from people who are experts in researching the demographics and spiritually ripeness of an area.
8. Prepare yourself for the ministry by cognitively studying the aspects of church planting and growth that you may be deficient in. Affectively prepare yourself through prayer and the solidification of your gifts, callings and convictions about planting and growing churches. Behaviorally, prepare yourself by serving internship training under successful church planters. Spiritually prepare yourself through a study of the scriptures, discipleship ministries and an effective cross cultural evangelism ministries.
9. Plan your strategies for planting and growing a church in your target area by setting out practical short, medium and long range goals for the new congregation.