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Getting Started: A Church Planting Handbook for Laypeople (2002)

Getting Started: A Church Planting Handbook for Laypeople (2002)

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Published by Brad Boydston
This is the 2002 revision of the handbook originally produced in 1993. Some of the details and language are now outdated but there is still helpful information about process and the thinking behind new church development.
This is the 2002 revision of the handbook originally produced in 1993. Some of the details and language are now outdated but there is still helpful information about process and the thinking behind new church development.

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Published by: Brad Boydston on Jun 21, 2010
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Third Revision
Getting Started
A Church Planting Handbook for Laypeople 
byBradley L. Boydston
 
Contents
Introduction...................................................................1
Chapter 1
What Experienced Laypeople Are Saying about Church Planting..............2The Challenge..........................................................3
Chapter 2
12 Reasons Why New Churches Are a Good Idea..........................4(1) Church Planting Has a Biblical Basis...................................4(2) New Congregations Are Especially Effective in Reaching Lost People.........5(3) New Congregations Provide a Forum for Innovation.......................6(4) The Perceived “Competition” of New Congregations Encourages ExistingCongregations forward toward Spiritual Vitality...........................7(5) New Congregations Create New Leaders.............................. 8(6) New Congregations Are Hotbeds for Spiritual Growth..................... 9(7) New Congregations Bring a Future Focus to the Church................... 9(8) New Congregations Focus a Group of Highly Committed Peopleon a Single Task..................................................10(9) New Congregations Can Challenge the Commitment Level of ExistingCongregations, especially in a Denominational Context where thereIs a Sharing of Resources...........................................10(10) New Churches Are Necessary for New Cultures.........................11(11) Very Few Places Are Overchurched..................................12(12) Church Planting Is Essential to Advance the Collective Mission of the 
Evangelical Covenant Church
........................................12Summary Thoughts.....................................................13
Chapter 3
Leadership........................................................14The Holy Spirit........................................................14The Laity.............................................................14Purpose.........................................................15Call............................................................15Community......................................................16Ethics...........................................................17Pastors..............................................................18All of the Above......................................................19
Chapter 4
The 5 Phase Launch................................................20Phase 1Discernment..................................................21Phase 2Coalesce a Core Group.........................................22Network.........................................................24Core Group Meetings..............................................24Pastor..........................................................24Vision...........................................................26The Covenant....................................................27Models..........................................................27DNA............................................................29Choose a Name..................................................30Become Official...................................................31Fellowship Group Status............................................32Incorporation.....................................................32Federal Tax-Exempt Status..........................................32State Tax-Exempt Status...........................................33Taxpayer ID Number...............................................32Mailing Address...................................................33
 
Phone Number...................................................33Financial Procedure...............................................33Mailing Permit....................................................34Prayer Partners...................................................34Logo & Stationery Design...........................................35Internet Exposure.................................................35Phase 3Core Group Gathering & Preview.................................35Week 1Preview Service...........................................35Week 2Core Group Gathering, Follow-up, & Networking..................35Week 3Assimilation Event & Networking..............................36Week 4Core Group Gathering & More Networking......................36Phase 4Preparatory Worship...........................................37Worship Service..................................................37Childrens Ministry.................................................38Small Groups.....................................................38Visitor Follow-up..................................................39Phase 5Grand Opening................................................40
Chapter 5
Special Issues.....................................................41Strategic Plan.........................................................41Size.................................................................42Location & Facilities....................................................42Equipment & Furnishings................................................43Signage..............................................................44Music................................................................44Christian Education.....................................................45Congregational Care....................................................45Evangelism...........................................................46Church Council........................................................47Historical Records......................................................47PortabilityThe Church on the Move........................................47An Event Strategy......................................................48Using the Mail.........................................................48Get Real.............................................................48Chartering............................................................48Application & Charter Documents.....................................48Membership......................................................50Elections........................................................50A Time of Growth.................................................50
Chapter 6
Special Concerns...................................................51Discouragement.......................................................51Burnout..............................................................51Rejection.............................................................51Disasters.............................................................52Critical Mass..........................................................52Finances.............................................................53Government..........................................................53Adequate Space.......................................................53Spiritual Battlefields.....................................................54How to Get Along With a Pioneering Pastor..................................55How to Get Along Without a Pioneering Pastor...............................56Making the Denomination an Asset........................................57Goal Setting in the New Church...........................................58The Urban Church......................................................58The Town and Country Church............................................59

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