Church Planting Network
… where Church Planting is made simple … “Where ever Jesus Christ is believed and recieved the Church is planted.”
How does Church Planting Happen?
Church planting is the fruit of relationally discipling people after the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
What is the Purpose of Church Planting in our Conference?
To plant a multiplicity of discipling churches from (Healthy Adventist Churches) that actualizes the kingdom reign of Jesus Christ in and around New Zealand.
Church Planting Traffic Light
|Red Zone||Represents no SDA presence in a geographical or culture specific area|
|Orange Zone||Represents an SDA presence intending to plant a new church in a specific Red Zone|
||Represents a new SDA church plant actualized by a fish caught in a Red Zone within the last 1 to 24 months. That fish would consist of 8 to 12 people that are actively and lovingly discipling people to fulfill the great commission of Jesus Christ.|
How to Start?
I. PRAY ABOUT IT …
To advance from the “Church Planting Traffic Light” there are four suggested responses to help change a Red Zone and Orange Zone into a Green Zone.
- Pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit to use you and those around you to relationally change a Red and Orange Zones around you into Green Zones.
- On a conceptual level, as you read further along, you will be introduced to a few critical questions that are pertinent in their implications. This process enables you to start reflecting critically and concretely in terms of the possibilities for church planting.
- On a conversational level you are encouraged to widen the conversation, by dialoging with others about your insights, while also gleaning new meaning from their perspectives on the “Church Planting Traffic Light.” Also, feel free to dialogue with the Healthy Adventist Pastors in your area about some of your reflections – – but above all, pray.
- On a diagnostic level, there is an opportunity here to further reflect, to help you identify some assumed blockages to the goals of this Church Planting Network.
- On a practical level, at the end of this article, is an extended missional invitation for you to participate at the grass root level. This is exciting because you get to play a significant part seeing a church plant emerge from either an Orange Zone or a Red Zone. As a direct result of your intentional and missional involvement today, you can make that difference. It will become part of your spiritual legacy.
II. DREAM ABOU IT …
The following questions introduce you to conceptually participate in seeing the possibilities of church planting from where you sit at your Church Planting Traffic Light. Take a pen and paper and write down some of your responses:
- How do I/we relationally change one of these Red Zones into a Green Zone?
- What will it relationally cost to change one of these Red Zones into a Green Zone?
- What is God currently doing relationally and culturally in one of these Red Zones?
- How is God calling me/us to relationally participate in reaching one of these Red Zones?
- How long will I/our church ignore these Red Zones or stay in an Orange Zone?
- What can I/we do relationally to move our church out of the Orange Zone into the Green Zone?
- What do I/we do relationally with these questions and who do I/we talk to about some of my responses? Read On …
III. TALK ABOUT IT …
Having seen where you, your team or leadership might be at the “Church Planting Traffic Light” and having read the last several questions, you might be in one or more places in your reflection. You may be either more contemplative, with more questions, or surprisingly, keenly interested to get involved at some level to do something about your Orange Zone or the Red Zone.
Wherever you may be, with your reflections, questions, insights and convictions, our team of Healthy Adventist Church Pastors welcomes you to the church planting dialogue. We believe God is working in and through you and others, to uncover untapped resources in our Conference that will transform a Red or Orange Zone into a Green Zone. Please join us in taking the time to pray about these Red and Orange Zones, and let’s talk about the missional opportunities that God wants to achieve in our sphere of influence.
IV. STUDY ABOUT IT …
Are you still contemplating and reading? Awesome! The following five suggestions are diagnostically designed to help you identify five assumed blockages in the heart of the church. The five assumed blockages are not definitive or exhaustive but helpful, encouraging us to reflect Biblically as we seek God’s will and way in turning a Red or Orange Zone in your context, into a Green Zone.
5 Assumed Blockages
- A lack of receptivity to making discipleship a missional priority in the Red Zone
- A lack of spiritual gifts missionally activated in the Red Zone
- A lack of cultural adaptability in the discipleship process for the Red Zone
- A lack of producability of discipleship in the Red Zone
- A lack of multiplicity in church planting due to cultural structures and policies that are irrelevant to the Red Zone
V. WALK ABOUT IT …
How to Change a Red Zone and Move from Orange Zone to a Green Zone
Church planting is part and parcel of the Healthy Adventist Churches focus. One of the significant signs of a Healthy Adventist Church is the planting of new churches. This is achieved by a host of approaches: like an existing church, parenting a new church plant; or by a specific people group pioneering a new church plant; or churches partnering with each other to plant a church in a Red Zone. To assist you conceptually from your place of reflection to a place of personal participation, here are some implications you might like to consider:
- If you, your team or church senses God’s heart to disciple people in a Red Zone with the gospel of Jesus Christ – – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church have an apostolic, evangelistic, leadership gift mix for missional service for a Red Zone – – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church are willing to make cultural and financial adjustments to disciple people in a Red Zone- – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church have a clear vision and sustainable fruits of discipleship in a Red Zone – – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church have a new missional structure to realize exponential discipleship for a Red Zone – – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church have the heart of Barnabas and want to donate by means of land, money and time to this church planting initiative – – let’s pray, talk and plant
- If you, your team or church are already in a church plant but need some assistance, resourcing and networking – – let’s pray, talk and plant
Where is God Moving you Missionally?
|Into a||Red Zone||Where there is no SDA Presence|
|Out of an||Orange Zone||Where an SDA presence is intentional on planting another church|
|Into a||Green Zone||You are in a Red Zone with 8-12 people discipling them into the mission of Christ|
Serving Christ through groups
What this is
- A 12-page, full-colour, printed guide about establishing small groups for ministry and church growth.
- Written by Ed Gallagher.
- Suitable for group or individual study.
- Keywords: small groups, witnessing, spiritual gifts, outreach, ministry
How to get it
- Click here to download the pdf file (6.7 mb)
- Or, request a copy sent by regular mail … contact Valmarie Young: ValmarieYoung@adventist.org.nz
“Hands up, apostles!”
- A 6-page, full-colour article that answers the questions, “What is an apostle? Is apostleship something for our own time? Could it ever apply to me? What about full-time pastors—could they be apostles?”
- Describes the Bible basis, and gives practical recommendations applying in everyday life.
- Written by Ed Gallagher, published by NNZC.
- We recommend this article for all church members, for pastors, and for people who have recently come to know Christ.
- To download the article, click here.
- To request a professionally printed copy (or copies) by mail, contact Valmarie Young, ValmarieYoung@adventist.org.nz. (Printed copies available sometime in March 2013.)