What if you found out that your church had been chosen to parent a new church plant in your classis? Here are some resources to help you get started dreaming about this new missional expression.
What Will Your Church Plant Look Like?
I get excited knowing that church planting is one of the milestones of our Vision 2025 as a denomination. (Milestone 4: share the gospel, live it missionally, and plant new churches in our neighborhoods as we discover how to connect with our local and global ministry contexts.”) It is wonderful to know that as we work together we can multiply and help grow Heaven.
But as we plan for church multiplication and the spread of the gospel, are we aware of our expectations for how new churches may look? Do we want them to look like clones of our established congregations, or like a new expression of the faith we hold dear?
When I think about my grandchildren, I think about my hopes for church planting in my region...
Your congregation and town/city has been chosen for the newest CRC church plant in your Classis. You’ve been asked to help bring this dream to life. Take it seriously, but have fun with it!
1. Why could your town/city use another church?
2. What kind of church could your town/city use?
3. What kind of people would be attracted to this church?
4. What kind of pastor would lead this church well?
5. What would be a good name for this church? A good slogan?
6. What are some ways your church could be a parent church to this new church?
7. Where would be an ideal location for this church?
8. How would being a part of this church change someone’s life?
9. What impact would this church have on its neighbourhood, or the town/city as a whole?
CHURCH PLANTING STORIES
Churches that Were Built to Multiply
Read these inspiring stories about church plants in Eastern Canada.
Village Church: A church that inspired a movement
When Michael Collins started the Village Church in Thorold, Ontario in 2007, the vision to multiply was already being permanently programmed into their DNA.
“I never saw us as one church but as a movement of multiplying churches… even when there were just 12 of us in a living-room, we talked about multiplying.” Right from the beginning they set aside funds – initially as low as a $100 a month - to grow a fund to plant the next church… a fund that constantly reminded the members, “We are going to plant another church.”
Living Hope Community Church: An online church that started during the pandemic
What started as an online Bible study from several different countries grew over the course of the pandemic and it became clear to Mark that a dream he had for church planting had already taken place. It just happened to be that his church was online.
Are you ready to reimagine evangelism and discipleship in a world changed by COVID-19? Do you feel the need to reignite your congregation’s passion for mission? This conference will be a place for learning, networking, and hearing stories of what others are doing to live into God's mission.
Resonate and Global Coffee Break are co-hosting an online retreat for women across Canada. It will be held Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 and will feature three keynote sessions and a great variety of breakouts!
Mark Devos, pastor of the Village Church in Thorold, ON:
“We seek to prayerfully and sacrificially move into neighbourhoods to imitate what Jesus did when he, as the eternal Word of God, took on our humanity and moved into the neighbourhood of our world (John 1:14).
Thanks for reading our regional newsletter. I would love to talk with you further to explore what mission looks like for you and your congregation!