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“God has used [this manual] to change my life and given the men around me a deep root in the Scriptures. Our church is acting more like the one that the Scriptures talk about and many are blessed because of it.”
—Ken Auer, Businessman and Pastor, Raleigh, North Carolina
“I can now say this is next to the Bible in relation to the church and its ministry. You ask how and why? I say, ‘Because it takes the reader to the Bible itself to discover the supercultural, timeless and biblical principles in establishing new churches.’ This manual is a tool God can use to empower you to discover the process God wants you to follow.”
—Pastor and Church Planter, Myanmar
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Explore God’s Plan for Church Planting in an Online Learning Community
eveloping a Biblical Church Planting Strategy is the first module in a series of five. All are free. Go with us through the material from a church planter's manual that has been in use for over 10 years in South America, India, Southeast Asia, and more recently in China, Africa and the Middle East (presently translated into over 20 languages). The manual typically takes just over a year to go through at the pace of one lesson per week, and takes about 4 to 6 hours of course interaction and study in your bible per week for each module. The entire program is 61 weeks of research and discussion (doing one module at a time, one lesson per week) that are broken into five modules that run from 9 weeks to 17 weeks.
The key foundations are the sufficiency of Christ and the authority of His word.
In use for over a decade by indigenous church planters Tim and Sherman, the Church Planter's Manual explores Paul's biblical example of laying the foundation and establishing growing communities of believers. You will open the bible and let God show you what He has to say about churches. Topics include church expansion, leadership development, order in the church, and family roles.
Introduction from Tim and Sherman, church planters
I. Church PlantingA. Developing a Biblical Church Planting Strategy
Parts 1 & 2 & 6 (17 lessons/weeks)
As the church unfolds in Acts, explore the key church planting principles and the key elements of Paul's missionary strategy. From there, develop and refine a personal church planting strategy for your field. By the end of the course, you will have a detailed process plan that applies the timeless, supracultural principles of the church, to your situation.
B. Establishing Young Churches
In this module, by carefully following the practices of Paul and his coworkers, you will develop a biblical model of leadership. By surveying Paul's letters in historical order, you will learn to address the specific, real life issues that are important in establishing young churches.
II. Restoring Order in Troubled Churches
A: Setting Church Families in Order (9 weeks)
Develop a biblical understanding of the family and their complementary roles. Since the church is a family of families, order in the church flows from order in the family.
B. Setting the Church Family in Order (9 weeks)
With families in order, you can move into developing the household order of the church. Explore the structure of the church and the functions of the seven biblical, complementary roles in the church family.
C. Key Issues that Challenge the Church Family Order (13 Weeks)
Issues arise and the church planter needs to help established churches find and follow God's patterns and practices. From dealing with sin, liberty, the world, and community life, to giving, assembly meetings, conflicts, gifts, questionable things, and more, the church will find it is important to follow God's ways to do God's work.
Do You Need to Purchase the Manual?No. The manual costs $14.95 (US) from Amazon (God's Plan for Church Planting). You do not need to purchase the manual to take the course online, but it is recommended.
The same manual is used in all of the Church Planter Training course modules. You will only need the one manual no matter how many modules you choose to take.
Note: All proceeds from the sale of the manual go into new translation work, additional publishing, and distribution to church planters overseas. See availability here
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