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    church planting

    The Fundamentals of Church Planting

    by Pastor Bruce Ballast

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    Are you considering planting a church? Are you part of a church that is launching a new church? Do you have a passion for your neighborhood or community in which you want to plant a church? How can an understanding of church planting strengthen your ministry? This mini-course will guide you through the basics of church planting. 

    Course Outcomes

    By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of:  

    1. The reason church planting is needed
    2. The role church planting plays in evangelism and revival 
    3. The various ways that a church can be planted and the strategies involved 
    4. The challenges and failures that come with church planting 
    5. The principles needed for success in church planting 
    6. The process of honing your vision and targeting your audience 
    7. Building a team and selecting leadership
    8. Money and finances in church development 
    9. A realistic timeline for a church plant
    10. The common mistakes in the church planting process and how to avoid them


    Post in 3 Forums. You will get a completion check indicating you have posted reflections also read and engage with the comments of others. 


    After you complete viewing the materials and posting your reflections there is a feedback quiz. The quiz will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the mini-course.

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      Reflection Questions: 

      1. What role does prayer take in church planting? How does prayer connect to vision?
      2. What do you think the audience is of your current church? What audiences in your community do you think could be the target of a new church? How does defining a target audience mitigate challenges?
      3. Outside of being gifted in leadership, what other qualities does a strong leader have according to the Bible? Using one or more of the qualities that Professor Ballast lists, share about how you see that quality in an important leader in your church or Christian Life. 

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  • Want more information on Church Planting?

    Take the full-length Church Planting course (MIN 313). Click here to check it out! 

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    This book uses the Titanic as a metaphor for reaching people for Christ and getting them into the lifeboat called the church. It tries to answer these three questions:
    - Why aren’t there enough churches (lifeboats) launched or planted?
    - Why isn’t the average Christian that sits every week in the lifeboat called the church not actively trying to fill the empty seat next to them?
    - What can we as Christians do both to plant more churches and reach out to those all around us who are drowning all around us?

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