Monthly Archives: October 2006

Church Planting By Adoption

A denomination or congregation connects with an existing group for a restart. There are a number of ways this may happen.

An existing group invites a larger congregation to help restart by injecting vision, resources and leadership, and perhaps people and finances.

A congregation may enter into a symbiotic relationship with another group who have the capacity to reach a particular people group. For example, a traditional Sunday morning congregation could invite a Pentecostal team to plant an evening youth-focused congregation.

A congregation or denomination could invite an existing group to ‘sign up’. In some cases this group may be growing well but needs a resourcing partner and/or network.

Advantages

An existing group may have existing access to a network of relationships and entry points into local community.

The effective combination of resources and local knowledge

Fresh input from a wider leadership team can help a local group get over earlier problems.

Disadvantages

A local group may have struggled to grow because of dysfunctional attitudes in the leadership and membership. These need to be explored as they’re uncovered.
The local group and new sponsor/partner need to ensure that vision and values are compatible – not necessarily identical.

Forge Pioneering Leadership Intensive

Forge Missional Training Network, Queensland, is hosting Lloyd Martin, Darryn Altclass and Alan Hirsch for four days of training intensives. There’s still plenty of room for extra participants.

Friday 27 October

Darryn Altclass on How to start a Church Plant, how to lead one
Lloyd Martin on Challenges of mission in post-modern contexts

Saturday 28 October
Darryn Altclass on Strategic missional leadership
Lloyd Martin on models for working with young people in community context, and connecting with people in crisis

Monday 30 October
Lloyd Martin on building community, self care out on the edge
Duncan Macleod on servant mission leadership
Alan Hirsch – The forgotten ways – Missional DNA 1

Tuesday 31 October
Alan Hirsch – The forgotten ways – Missional DNA 2 & 3
David Chatelier – Personal stories of mission/evangelism
Steve Turner – Open Forum

Speaker Profiles

Lloyd Martin with coffee cupLloyd & Anthea Martin live in Porirua, a vibrant, poor, multicultural, migrant suburb of Wellington (NZ), where they work in the community, experiment with new ways of doing church, and bring up their kids plus various animals.

Lloyd coordinates Praxis, a network of Christian practitioners in youth and community work, which exists to help others get started in walking with Jesus in their communities. He teaches and writes about working alongside fragile young people and communities. Although he is not as fast around the soccer field as he used to be, Lloyd is blessed with the ability to put goals away with either foot.

Lloyd is the author of One Faith: Two Peoples, an insightful exploration of the development of indigenous approaches to faith among Evangelical Maori Christians in Aotearoa New Zealand. More recently Lloyd published The Invisible Table, a youthwork textbook used in New Zealand.

Darryn Altclass is based in Hobart, Tasmania. Darryn is involved with Forge nationally and is also involved with third place communities in Hobart. Third Place Communities is a collective of missionaries & mission-communities who share & incarnate Jesus in local third places through participating in the social rhythms & practicing the presence of Christ.

Alan Hirsch speaking in Melbourne Alan Hirsch is the national director of Forge Mission Training Network, a specialist missional leadership development system focused on the emerging missional church. Alan was also the Director of Missional Development for the Churches of Christ in Vic./Tas. and team leader of Restoration Community Network, a movement of churches reaching fringe sub-cultures in inner-city Melbourne. He was a founding member of the International Missional Team, a mission strategy think-tank among Churches of Christ in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Alan has co-authored with Michael Frost a book called The Shaping of Things to Come, on missional church in the incarnational mode.

To register for the Pioneering Leadership Intensive, phone Kelly Edginton 0422 407 859.

Church Planting by Colonization

A sending church commissions one or two couples to go and live in a new area some distance away. This could involve moving home and perhaps starting in new employment. This model is most likely to work effectively in new housing areas.

The team would need to have a lifestyle that allows plenty of time for connecting with local people. Team members would need to have the capacity for self-starting leadership in which sustainable patterns of discipleship are expressed.

Advantages
This model makes it possible to start in an area where there are no  local church able to plant. A sending church with an excess of local leadership can use and develop leadership skills. A sending church can become actively involved in missionary situation in the same country.

Disadvantages
This model requires particular gifts and high commitment. There’s a high risk of burnout, particularly if quick results are expected. Starting with a small team means planning for a long term venture in which rapid results are rare.  If the small team are to be freed to put time into the venture there’s a high cost of financial support. Supervision and support may be difficult at a distance.