Free E-Book: Start a Movement … Plant Pregnant

 

Plant-Pregnant-Cover-640x1024Josh Burnett was a high school student involved at Southeast Christian Church when the vision for a church-planting church came to him. And at age 17, he began praying for God to move in this way. Fast-forward several years later–through Bible college, an internship with Southeast and four years on staff at New Life Christian Church–and Burnett says he has seen “God come through.”

As he and Sarah began to work on their staffing plan for the church they would plant, the only non-negotiable on the list was a church planter in residence. When they planted Revolution Annapolis in 2010, Scott and Amber Ancarrow were on board, and two years into launching, Revolution Annapolis sent out the Ancarrows to plant The Foundry in Baltimore–at the same time announcing they were now self-sustaining.

In this FREE eBook, Burnett shares his story and challenges planters and established churches to be churches who plant churches and instill that same DNA in the churches they plant.

“If we’re going to actually see a movement of church planting happen in America, then church plants will have to step up and plant pregnant,” Burnett writes. “If you’re part of an established church, you’re not off the hook! If you care about the people that Jesus doesn’t want to see perish (2 Peter 3:9), you also need to be involved in church planting.”

Burnett is honest about the tension that comes with planting pregnant and shares nine of the tensions he encountered, as well as how they continue to wrestle with them. He also offers five learned insights from his journey to plant pregnant. At this time, both The Foundry and Burnett’s church have church planters in residence on board. When those planters launch, Revolution Annapolis will have two grandchildren in less than seven years since they launched.

“If we are to accomplish the mission that Jesus has handed us,” Burnett writes, “we must work toward what so many of us talk about seeing: a church-planting movement that leaves a legacy of disciples.” Download your copy of Start a Movement–Plant Pregnant.

Key takeaways:

  • Why one of the best things planters can do is pray
  • Why stability can be a barrier to multiplication
  • Why leadership requires risk
  • Burnett’s fresh insights into 2 Peter 3:9 and its implications for church planters
  • The essentials for planting pregnant
  • Insights for navigating the potential financial aftermath after a church planter in residence leaves
  • The best time to send out a church planter
  • Navigating the tension of staffing the parent church vs. sending out a planter
  • Navigating the tension of proximity
  • Why you should expect spiritual attack when you’re planting churches
  • How planting pregnant strengthens a church

Download this FREE E-BOOK from the Exponential web site.

Children Matter Resources

Stadia’s vision is to see that Every Child Has a Church!

Children Matter Oct 2014 FeatureWe know that our church planters are always seeking ways to champion the value of children. To help you in that pursuit, each quarter we provide a list of resources … fun, simple ideas and tools to ensure that children matter in your home, in your church, in your community and around the world.

Click the headers below for this quarter’s resources:

The Advent Wreath
A great way to keep your family focused on why we celebrate Christmas!

Bible Challenge Competition with Senior Pastor
Raise the value of children by bringing them up on stage with you!

Restore-Brookside Campus Anti bullying Event
Partner with your local school or Police Department to help kids understand their identity in Jesus.

Children Are a Gift from God


This article is a great reminder of Matthew 18:3  “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Good Data Leads to Good Decisions

By Church Community Builder

Good data leads to good decisions. But what if you’re measuring the wrong thing?

Our worlds have exploded with data, so how can you tell the noise apart from the information that will help improve your church and impact more people? With the increased availability of data, more and more people are suffering from data fatigue, making them simply tune out most of the data available to them. The most effective cure for data overload is to measure what really matters. Below are seven measurements that can help you stay focused on your church’s mission.

  1. Attendance: This is where most churches start, but they often aren’t looking at the right metrics of attendance to give them meaningful information. Sure, how many people were at Sunday services is important, but what about small group engagement, or the church picnic? Measuring participation in areas other than just worship services can yield fruitful information. How many people come to a newcomer’s luncheon but are not attending the church three months later? How many children are there in sixth grade Sunday school and what will that mean when they go into junior high youth group in the fall?
  2. Giving: Most ministry decisions involve some sort of financial implication. Investing in new staff members or expanding to a new campus can either enhance the growth you are experiencing or overtax the budget. If you are not using comprehensive giving reports, it will be difficult to project the right timing of a new initiative and how it will affect the financial security of the church.
  3. Growth: Another very common indicator churches like to measure is their growth. There are many types of growth churches can measure. What is the percentage of people involved in more than one ministry area? Do the newcomers to the church have similar demographics to the larger church? How are you tracking the spiritual growth of people in the church?
  4. Missional Engagement: There are often two common types of missional activities: ongoing ministries and service projects. What can you learn about how people connect with the church by measuring their engagement with service projects and ongoing ministries? Are you able to see someone’s sudden change in involvement?
  5. Digital engagement: We are living in an increasingly digital world. How many people are giving online, and how easy is it for them to do so? Do you know how many people are streaming messages from your site? More and more people are communicating by text and social media. How is your communication strategy making use of these technologies? Do you know if they are effective?
  6. Volunteers: Do you have a clear picture of the volunteers needed for each ministry area? Which areas need more help and which ones have more than enough volunteers? Do you know people’s interests? By tracking people’s interests and engagement in other ministry areas, you can determine volunteer opportunities that fit the person’s unique gifting and invite them to serve in that role. With this data, you can change the message from ‘we need people to help with the children’s ministry’ to “Steve, would you like to help with the auto clinic outreach? That seems like a perfect place for you to serve!”
  7. Attrition: Churches often do not measure their attrition, because it can be painful to face the realities of why people leave. Finding out and tracking why people have left can help us adjust and create a better future.

Good decisions require good data. To avoid data fatigue, begin by identifying what you really want to measure, and then make sure you have the tools to measure it effectively. Churches that have amazing ministry impact are not satisfied with making decisions based on gut instincts. Tracking the right data can validate what you are doing really well and identify what needs to improve. Because this work is important, it is worth tracking well.

How can improving your data and ability to measure the right information help your church take the next step?

Learn more at Church Community Builder.

A Helpful Tool

One tool that Greg has found extremely helpful in managing his schedule is called the Gating Tool.  As you weigh what is allowed into your life and into your schedule, you may find it helpful too.  Watch this short video to learn more.

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