Derwin Gray, former pro linebacker and star of "Evangelism Linebacker," talks about urban church planting at CPLF.
Derwin Gray: Transformation Church (former NFL player and the “evangelism linebacker”)
“A vision of the future transforms how you live today.”
- · launched TC in 2010: 701 at first day; now 2500 with other campuses planned including Spain
- · 87% of our churches are homogenius
- · if demographics indicate a large multi-ethnic population, it should not be optional in planting
Linda Bergquist: Southern Baptist planting director for Bay Area
- · more poor people in the suburbs, than in the city
- · more well educated people moving into the cities
- · there are 9 socioeconomic sectors: can we minister to at least 3 of these?
- · church planting leaders are future-oriented people . . . but we must know the past of cities
- · people relate to each other through affinity, kinship, and geography
Church Planters Leadership Fellowship is a gathering of church planting leaders from around the world, to talk, listen, pray, and learn how to be more effective in our church planting mission. This conference's topic is African American and urban church planting.
CPLF Notes for 8/1/13
All people have core concerns: life defining: social, cultural, and personal
- · sub dominant cultures (African American) aren’t having these core concerns met
differences in theology:
- · Anglo: sign statements of faith
- · AA: committed to more ethical concerns
all attempts to address these needs by AA community failed
facts for AA church planting:
- · average attendance = 37
- o doubled by 4th year
- o 1st year faith commitments = 16
- § between years 4 and 5, new commitments takes its biggest drop
- · their own building by 5th year
- · contemporary worship style
- · church planter working 60 hours a week for the plant, above their other job
- o 69% had an outside job
- · formal education: 66% with a Bachelor’s; 45% with a Master’s
- · 48% had a sponsoring/mother church
- · funding: first year: outside: $22k, inside: 33k
it takes a long time to become self sufficient: 50% by fifth year, 60% by tenth year
* major drop in attendance and money in year 4
* should do a major review in 3rd year!
Panel discussion: Stacy Hilliard, Candace Lewis, Leroy Fountain, Wy Plummer, Carl Lewis
- · African American churches do not have a planting structure – nor are church planting
Affinity group Q&A: Ed, Carl, and Stacey
- · need to be intentional about finding African American planters and leaders
- · AA are the best at mentoring future leaders, but the worst at releasing them!
Olu Brown: Atlanta church planter: Impact Church
- · embrace the technology
- · focus on ministry and mission
- · make small group connections
- · do worship differently with secular and sacred
Still another 11 days to go on my spiritual retreat - but God has been moving in amazing ways. Here's a glimpse of what I shared in our Planting E-News:
Also, here's a glimpse again at one of our new videos, that can be found here:
Leaving tomorrow for a 3-4 week spiritual retreat for physical, spiritual, and emotional replenishment. Just as Jesus got away to a mountain, I'm heading for my own "quiet spot" of sorts: Lauderdale by the Sea. You can take the beach away from the boy, but you can't take the boy away from the beach.
Pray for my wife Tammy as she holds down the fort.
"This is the beginning of our cry to God: 'Lord, make me what I should be, change me whatever the cost.' And when we have said these dangerous words, we should be prepared for God to hear them." (Brennan Manning)
Going to Chicago tomorrow to explore a new international initiative Love2020. More than 85 denominations and organizations are seeing how this may fit into their strategic "Jesus plan.! Here's more info: http://love2020.com/love2020/
Thanks Tom Nebel for this great opportunity to see more what God is doing around the world!
The Top 10 reasons to stop planting churches in the ERC:
- Too many new churches are requiring our focus, resources, and vision to be given to God’s Great Commission and Great Commandment: we’ve had to give from our resources like our Endowment Fund and a special bequeathing to provide for almost two dozen ERC modern-day missionaries/church planters, (and future ones), in order to reach today’s non-Christian culture throughout our region
- Too many community needs are being met: one church plant did free community dinners to benefit medical and educational needs in their community
- Too many lives are being improved internationally: one plant gave water filtration buckets to Africa
- Too many established churches are supporting church plants as an extension of their mission: churches giving vans, equipment, resources, and use of their buildings to these new churches
- Too many different ethnic churches are bringing diversity to the ERC: Latino ministries, African American plants, and Liberian church planters are joining our now multi-cultural ERC family
- Too many “God stories” are being told all the time: enough already on the ministering to the poor and hurting in Harrisburg, Zebulon, Manheim, Asheville, Mechanicsburg, Raleigh . . .
- Too many new leaders are being trained for ministry: more than 420 people from the ERC – from new and existing churches - have used planting and its leadership conferences, workshops, seminars, internships, retreats, and apprenticeships to help develop their ministry and leadership skills
- Too many new approaches and strategies are being modeled, shared, and used to reach more people for the Lord: one church plant uses community block parties – including the Game Truck – to invite people and kids to church – and then helps to teach new outreach principles to some of our established churches and pastors
- Too many financial resources are already being given back by these church plants: almost $40,000 in tithing received back by the ERC, just by churches planted in the last 3 years
- Too many funding dollars are producing too many churches: with planting all different sizes and types of churches, our goal of 20 churches by 2020 has been replaced by God providing us the opportunity to support 23 planting projects by 2013 -with our funding support per project averaging less than $20,000
- Too many people are accepting Jesus: more than 220 at one of our church plants alone
Oops, that’s 11. As you can tell, it’s time for the ERC to stop planting churches: too much . . . is too much. Afterall, do we want to keep seeing more new ERC churches like the Orchard Asheville NC
Great article on Bill Hybels' insights into church planting.
But here's the best for all of you church planters from Bill:
Question: Bill: To close, do you have a final word of advice or encouragement for church planters?
A: You’re one of the luckiest people on the planet—because the most important thing happening on earth is the establishment and building of local churches. God selected you to be able to form a community where this incredibly important work is going to be going on under your direction for perhaps the next 40 years. You won the lottery!
Enjoy it! Every day realize you don’t have to stand at a drill press. You don’t have to load and unload trucks. You get to traffic in kingdom ideas and work with great people who are pulling with you to try to form this Acts 2 dream of Christ’s church. You should fall on your knees and say, “God, what an incredible privilege to be invited by your Holy Spirit to play a key role in the most important thing happening on planet Earth.”
I tell pastors all the time that I’ve had a ball! We’ve taken our hits. There are bad days. But I’ve had an astonishingly blessed ride. And I think God would have that same heart toward every pastor. I think he wants every pastor to love His Word and love the adventure of His work. I don’t even know what it’s like to lay my head on the pillow and say that today was a waste. Every night, I feel like we moved the ball. We may have only moved it a foot, but we moved the kingdom ball ahead a little bit today. That’s good enough for me.
A high percentage of the human race hits the pillow at night feeling like their day was a waste. They didn’t move anything eternal ahead. They didn’t touch any lives. They didn’t do anything that’s going to outlive them. So my final word to church planters is this—you won the lottery! You get to lead the coolest endeavor on planet Earth, the only agency God said he was going to predictably bless and favor.
International Church Planting:
Ying Kai and Bill Fudge: Hong Kong/Taiwan http://t4tonline.org/
Ying Kai has been responsible for thousands of church plantings - possibly the preeminent church planter in the world!
Known for T4T methodology (Training for Trainers)
"T4T" Training for Trainers: (book) find on http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/ - a discipleship training process that is winning millions to Jesus http://www.amazon.com/T4T-Discipleship-Re-Revolution-Steve-Smith/dp/0974756210
SOS: (for discipleship):
- What does it say?
- What am I to obey?
- What should we share with others?
Church Planters Leadership Forum in Nashville: African American Church plants and international church planting
Back for our second CPLF meeting in 2012 in Nashville, which brings national church planting organizations together to learn, network, and do mission and church planting more effectively.
Here's day one notes, beginning with a statistical study from Lifeway on African American church planting:
CPLF: African American Church (AAC) Planting
- · identify how AAC's are planted
- · measure characteristics and methods related to higher attendance and conversions
- · compare characteristics of health to Protestant church plants
- · to identify distinctive, contextual characteristics of AAC plants
- · 290 AAC church plants completed survey
- · typical size = 1st year to current (8 years): 37, 51, 64, 80, 88, 81, 91, 105
- · characteristics that impact worship attendance: facility, worship style, influential models
- § Where AAC meet: Positive = hotel, church building of a sponsoring church, meeting in their own building within 5 years
- § (in order)
- · shared building with another church
- · business establishment
- · home
- · school
- · hotel
- · community hall
- o churches meeting in sponsoring churches had 20 % more growth
- o blended worship was most popular in AAC churches
- § blended
- § contemporary gospel
- § contemporary
- § urban contemporary
- o Models most influencing planting approach:
- § Seeker targeted
- § simple model
- § purpose-driven
- o which models influenced the approach used in planting:
- § ministry based
- § attractional
- § missional
- § programmatic model
- § relational
- § purpose-driven
- o Intentional outreach: Positive:
- § children’s special events
- § evangelistic visitation for identifying prospects
- o types of leadership:
- § delegation of key leadership roles to volunteers
- · this is key to growth
- § delegation of key leadership roles to volunteers
- § leadership training for new church members
- o mission: planting a church within at least 3 years had a positive impact
- o ***study of all church plants found that churches that averaged 75 or more in attendance: the church that daughtered within 3 years had significantly higher attendance
- o ***better funded church plants had faster attendance growth, but not necessarily a greater number of plants that had greater longterm survivability: assessments and coaching are the keys to longterm survivability
- o ***Planting keys: to become self-supporting, self-propagating, and self-governing
D'hati Lewis - Blueprint Church - urban church planter
(wrongly) "We determine God's call by the path of least resistance!"
- launched in january 2010
- 500 people now
- presently planting 2 daughter churches - looking for 7 in 10 years around Atlanta, and more elsewhere
"Visions are born in the soul of a man that wrestles with the tension between what is and what could be." - Andy Stanley
for multiplication: "every believer is a church planter, and every church a church planting church."
-80% of African American babies born into a single mom home.
-Rebuild Initiative is all about multiplication and partnering with other planting churches and multiplication movements
-they provide theological training, leadership development, planting/missional training, and life on life skill building
Here's a great look at what they do: http://blueprintchurch.org/our-blueprint-2/
Vince Antonucci begins the first session of the Vault church planting conference with "The Question of Zero." Referencing "Starting with Why" by Simon Senek.
We must start with "why" when it comes to communicating vision!
Vince started Verge Church in Las Vegas by recruiting all non-Christians to his launch team. Why? Because Verge had a vision to reach only non-Christians. They average 250 people now.
One way to build relationships with non-Christians: do-nut drop offs (pick a business and drop a dozen do-nuts off every week, at the same time!)
How to minister to the gay community with Gordon Wohlers:
Here's Vince and Gordon:
Don't say homosexual, just whatever they want to be called: gay, etc.
Stand up for who they are: we are all created to give glory to God!
We can learn how to be a better Christian community, by learning/observing the community emphasis of the gay community
Welcome gays to every aspect of the church - but that doesn't mean affirming
Gordon Wohlers: "being gay doesn't send you to Hell, anymore than being straight sends you to Heaven."
for Gordon the question of gay marriage: marriage goes back to the Garden of Eden - a holy rite - between a man and a woman - (he doesn't marry gays) - "However I will fight with every fabric of my being to defend their civil rights."
Here's Will Mancini:
Mancini: "Clarity isn't everything, but it changes everything."
-"we spend more time on preparing this week's message, then thinking about vision and strategy in the last five years."
The Lower Room: Why do people call your church home? (in understanding how vision and strategy work)
- Place: People will want to claim a place
- Personality: 15-35% of people attend because of claiming a connection to the pastor or staff person
- Programs: People will want to be tied to a program
- People: People will want relational connections
These are all valid, and we recognize that people will come into your church's "lower room" through these "provisions." However we want to take them to the "upper room" that transcends this "lower room." (helping to bridge the lower and upper rooms: through vision and unique calling)
A Game Changer: in your 101 class, ask people which one of these "provisions"/lower room values are most important to you? Then connect them to the vision.
David Saathoff: the most effective way to build the bridge: LUNCH! Find the 10 people who will buy into God's vision for the church, and be primary influencers, and build a relationship with them (through lunch, or whatever is most effective for you to build that relaionship, etc.)
Local Predicament: (our unique place) What is unique in your setting/place where God has placed you? Where has God placed you and why?
Collective Potential: (our unique people) What is unique about the people God has brought to your team to help you with the church?
Apostolic Esprit: (our unique passion) What is the unique passion God has given you and the team/church?
Clarity makes the vision undeniable
Clarity makes enthusiasm transferable
Clarity makes focus sustainable
Clarity makes leadership credible
Clarity makes synergy possible
Vision transfers through people, not paper
5 Questions for developing vision:
What are we doing as a church?
Why are we doing what we are doing?
How are we doing it?
When are we successful?
Where is God taking us?
Missional mandate (What?): We must continue to remind people that our church exists for those who aren't here yet!
Values as missional motives (Why?): Name 2-4 driving things - nonegotiables - the shared convictions that guides your vision and shapes your strengths.
Strategy as missional maps (How?): What "buckets" are you going to use to gather people? Most churches have 3 buckets that are linear. However, many times this doesn't work. But in today's culture, we don't get 3 buckets a week to gather people into - especially with lost people! People don't go to church weekly anymore!
Provocative thought: Can people become a disciple before being saved? Dave had 3 people on his mission team get saved!
Here's Dave Saathoff:
Missional Measures as Marks (When?): Dave's church - Bandera Road Community Church - marks: "7 How we lives"
-Listen to God
-Be the church
-Share a meal
-Peel the onion (discipleship)
-Downsize to maximize (financial)
-Keep your passport current (mission)
-Lean toward green (being good stewards)
Mancini: "We should want people to hear the vision, feel the values, take the next step, and then to become what God wants them to become."
Albert Einstein: "If the idea is not absurd, it is not worth trying."