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What is Church Planting?

Church planting is the process of establishing a new congregation in a new location. This process is different from establishing satellites, multi-sites, a new worship service or a separate nonprofit.

Not Sure Where to Start?

If you're not sure where to start with church planting, try the article Finding the Right Church Plant Model. The model framework will let you explore several approaches and consider which ones might work for you. The introduction provides a thoughtful lens to interpret the different models...

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Realistic Expectations

Church planting is hard work. No one has the magic answer. You will likely need an entrepreneurial temperament to do this well and ultimately find joy and success in it.

Key Questions about Church Planting

  • Where are you in the process of planting? Have you gathered for worship? Do you have a board? Have you written bylaws? 
  • What is the purpose of your new congregation? What makes it different from others?      
  • What unique challenges are you facing?
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Church Planting: Finding the Help You Need

  • Many new church planters have coaches that provide practical wisdom. Some coaches can help you gain clarity about mission and purpose. Others might be more helpful with tactics and conversations. What do you think you need right now?
  • Church planting conferences can provide reliable and practical...
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Food for Thought about Church Planting

  • New church starts need money. Address this early.
  • Keep growing early on. If you plateau, you will probably be stuck for a long time.
  • The gifts of the leader may be the single most important factor for success or struggle.
  • In many parts of the United States, more congregations are starting than...
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“We should start a new church.” This may be the idea of one person. It may be the call of a small group of energized individuals. Or, it may be the conclusion of a study by a large congregation...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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What makes church growth in an African American community different? Michael Cox, New Church Planting Director for the American Baptist Churches in the USA, and Joe Samuel Ratliff, pastor of...

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Top 10 lists are helpful because they clarify the complicated. They also provide boundaries in a world where we sometimes don’t have enough signs that tell us when and where to start or stop. ...

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This book will not offer you best practices related to church planting. What it will do is offer you a framework by which you can pray and think about your specific, unique efforts at church...

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Converge focuses on helping leaders plant new churches. The executive director of church planting at Converge is Lee Stephenson who has been active in pastoral ministries since 1998. The...

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Dying congregations can foster new life through the North American Mission Board (NAMB) Replant ministry. Replant works by utilizing the assets of a declining congregation to begin a new church....

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Church planters and leaders will find both information and inspiration in this guide, brought together by an experienced pastor-teacher team. While a conventional church start is often based on an...

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The mission of The Church Multiplication Training Center (CMTC) is to refocus the church to be about disciples making disciples. Since its beginning in 1991, the Center has trained over 5,000...

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Deciding to rent worship space involves dozens of smaller and, likewise, important decisions, and it is the additional issues that this brief article from Christianity Today addresses. The first...

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Reginaldi, who has served as a Southern Baptist senior pastor and church growth consultant, shares his experience leading the transformation of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in High Point, North...

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This one-stop shop gives church planters all they need to know to address the organizational, administrative and legal matters that come with new church starts. A wide range of free and paid...

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These two coaches/consultants want you to learn from the mistakes that others have made. Not only is there no reason to reinvent the wheel, there is no reason to reinvent the Pinto (a not so great...

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In 2010 more new congregations began than closed. Studies shows that trend is continuing into and perhaps past mid-decade. Are you considering starting a new congregation? The book Launch might...

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“A big issue facing the church today is that we have bought deeply into consumer church. A great opportunity is to shift from selling to sending.” The authors’ six postures provide a framework of...

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This book isn’t about why to plant a church or how to expand to multiple sites. It’s a book about where to meet as a church when you plant, multiply and grow out of your space. Jim Tomberlin,...

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Since 1942, the Rural Home Missionary Association’s (RHMA) goal has been to plant and strengthen churches in small-town America. RHMA accomplishes this through various educational and supportive...

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This ecumenical Christian resource center offers books, assessment tools, workshops and more that address “church planting, church health, and leadership development.” The resources cover a range...

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What does it take to have an effective urban ministry? These authors argue for a holistic approach (mind/body/spirit) and excellent strategic planning. The inclusion of the eight following core...

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