In the Uniting Church in Australia congregations and other missional communities can be started by a group of individuals, a congregation, a presbyteries or by Synod. Here’s thirteen scenarios in which you could play a part…
1. Pioneering: Commissioning a church planting team from the parent church to start a new congregation (of a similar or different style).
2. Branching: Hiving off a core group from the parent church – more than just a team – a functioning small congregation as the nucleus of a new church.
3. Partnering: Cooperating with one or more congregations to start a new church.
4. Supporting: Provide finances, resources and prayer support for a new church with primary leadership and direction coming from another source (denomination or church planting organization).
5. Restarting: When declining, dysfunctional or devastated churches completely change leadership and restart at the same site.
6. Unplanned parenthood: When God allows two churches to survive and grow out of a church split.
7. Death with dignity: When declining churches close and release their assets in new church development
8. Cross-cultural planting: Hosting or sponsoring an ethnic congregation in your community.
9. Cell-based daughter church: Growing cell groups serve as the foundation for a new church plant.
10 Mega-Church birth: Large regional churches birthing large self-sustaining full service congregations. (a group of 120 or more)
11. Sub-congregation: A new worship service as church plant
12. Satellite congregation: Developing a 2nd congregation at a location remote to the mother church with both congregations sharing the same governing structure and staff.
13. House church: Rapidly multiplying movements of independent or affiliated house churches.
There’s thirteen ways to start with. You could probably think of thirteen more. We’re listing these to counter the phrase, “but that’s not how you start a church”.
Source: CRM Church Multiplication, Churches Planting Churches