Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 24

How to Start a Church Planting Movement:
Knowing the three things that have to reproduce across multiple generations

A church planting movement is marked by one primary characteristic—multiplication.  If one church plants five new churches, it is still only accomplishing addition.  There can be no spontaneous church planting movement when we are just adding new churches.  But if a church plants a second generation church that starts a third generation church that starts a fourth generation church, then multiplication has been activated.

2 Timothy 2:2 commands multiplication to the fourth generation. Paul taught Timothy who was to teach reliable men who would teach others.  We know we are reproducing in biblical way when we see fourth generation disciples and churches.

Everything living multiplies as each generation produces succeeding generations. “Be fruitful and multiply” was God’s first command to people.  To have a church planting movement in the United States we need to produce multiplication in several areas:  disciples must produce new disciples, churches must produce new churches, and Christian households must produce new Christian households.

The key to multiplication in each of these areas is simple, reproducible, and effective strategies.  These strategies are always geared to produce behavior in believers that will lead to multi-generational multiplication.

Pray that God will help you to be part of biblical multiplication and allow you to see fourth generation disciples, churches and Christian households.

Reports From the Field…

Church Planter Training Event at Passaic Spanish

On Saturday, August 13 about 65 people gathered at Passaic Spanish Church for teaching on starting a church planting movement.  The day consisted of presentations by several speakers. David Harvey presented a summary of the Mt. Bethel Church planting system that we have learned from Bruce Bennett.  Then Josh Fajardo, missionary to Spain, who is implementing the Bruce Bennett system in Spain talked about using this system among Hispanic people. Finally two people from Joel Guzman’s church planting class who have started new groups in new communities presented the work that they have been doing.  We were blessed to hear these two lay people speak with passion about the ministry of church planting that God has called them to, and to hear amazing stories of what God is doing in these new churches.

We believe that God is raising up many church planters among the Spanish churches. God is blessing their emphasis on training and turning that training into a desire to plant new churches. Many lay people have been through some type of training for ministry and are now asking how they can use that to start new groups.  Pray that new churches will be planted as a result of this day of training.

Thanks to Joel Guzman for translating and to the Passaic church for supplying lunch.

Church Planter Training bears fruit at El Remenete in Bronx, NY

As mentioned above, Pastor Joel Guzman has been teaching a church planter class with about 20 people attending regularly at El Remenete Church in Bronx, NY.  Joel translated Bruce Bennett’s entire “Church Planting Manual” into Spanish and taught that to his group.  Now Pastor Joel is taking them through the five volumes of the Omega Church Planter materials. But not only is he training people; these classes are bearing fruit. Three new churches have already been planted out of these classes and several more new groups are in the early formation stages.   These materials, including Bruce Bennett’s Manual and the Omega Church Planting Course are free and can be downloaded at www.Reframeconference.com.

Church Planter Cohort continues to meet

During Reframe Conference a small cohort of interested pastors and lay people met with Bruce Bennett during meal times for some individualized coaching.  This group agreed to continue to meet once a quarter for sharing and encouragement.  On Thursday, August 1, 2013 this group of about sixteen people gathered at Camp Timberledge.  Each person shared what they had been doing since Reframe conference to start new churches.  There were reports of several new groups that have been started since Reframe, reports on training happening in several churches and identification of future church planters and the communities to which these planters will be going to start new churches. Several maps were presented with the communities targeted for new churches clearly marked. There was also good discussion and cross-fertilization of ideas and strategies that are being used by different persons. The group also talked about the purpose of this cohort gathering and agreed to continue meeting once a quarter for sharing, encouragement, and accountability. The group included pastors and lay people from the Wilkes-Barre District in Pennsylvania, from Storm Hutchison’s work in the Schyulkill County region of Pennsylvania, and from Pastor Larry Light’s church in Walton, NY.

Be With Him…

This quote is from “Discipleship Cycles,” a summary of a Church Planting Movement (CPM) by someone using the T4T system.  This quote contains “No.1” on a list of eight requirements for a CPM to be successful.

“At first glance, John’s Training for Trainers (T4T) is deceptively simple. He offers no radical insights or unusual theological principles. However, if you fail to catch the hidden elements within John’s Church Planting Movement dynamite you’ll never grasp why it is so effective. Here are a few of the hidden elements that you must not miss if you want to pursue this very user-friendly methodology:

1. John is serious when he says two hours a day in prayer are necessary to be an effective navigator of Church Planting Movements.”

Or, in the words of Abraham Lincoln…

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Advertisements

Strategy Coordinator Training Available

August 19-21 are the dates for our first Strategy Coordinator Training.  The training will be held at Peach Orchard Retreat Centers in Burtonsville, MD.  There are a limited number of registrations that can be accepted.

Strategy Coordinator training will enable trainers to train others to train second and third generation trainers in the nine strategies necessary to produce a church planting movement. Each strategy is designed to produce a necessary behavior in the lives of believers that will enable the multiplication of believers, groups, and churches.

The training will cover a brief overview of the entire system and then training in at least the first five strategies.

Attendees should read the following booklets before attending:

“The Four Fields of Kingdom Growth” by Nathan and Kari Shank. Available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/4_Fields_2011.pdf

“Best Practices Institute Manual” available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/bpi-training-manual_20082.pdf

Both books can be downloaded for free.

If you are interested in participating in the training please let me know by e-mail: Dharveymar@aol.com.

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 23

Strategy Coordinator Training Available

August 19-21 are the dates for our first Strategy Coordinator Training.  The training will be held at Peach Orchard Retreat Centers in Burtonsville, MD.  There are a limited number of registrations that can be accepted.

Strategy Coordinator training will enable trainers to train others to train second and third generation trainers in the nine strategies necessary to produce a church planting movement. Each strategy is designed to produce a necessary behavior in the lives of believers that will enable the multiplication of believers, groups, and churches.

The training will cover a brief overview of the entire system and then training in at least the first five strategies.

Attendees should read the following booklets before attending:

“The Four Fields of Kingdom Growth” by Nathan and Kari Shank. Available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/4_Fields_2011.pdf

“Best Practices Institute Manual” available at: http://churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/pdf/bpi-training-manual_20082.pdf

Both books can be downloaded for free.

If you are interested in participating in the training please let me know by e-mail: Dharveymar@aol.com.

Churches that have Worked on Implementing Multiplication Teachings

Over the past twelve months there have been many people seeking to understand how to implement the teachings on church multiplication.  I am listing below some of the efforts of which I have been made aware.  If you are not on this list but should be, please e-mail your story to me at dharveymar@aol.com.

The Wilkes Barre District – Led by District Leader Al Sones the Wilkes-Barre District has developed an initiative they are calling “Focus 17.”  Focus 17 is a plan to multiply churches in the 17 counties of Pennsylvania that their district encompasses.  They will be sponsoring a church multiplication banquet in October to bring the issue to the forefront of the agenda of their churches.

Nescopeck – Group started in Shamokin – the first place that was visited to find a person of peace

White Haven – Have gone looking for person of peace in nearby town

Waverly, PA – Pastor James Cohen has done a person of peace day with Al Sones in Scranton, PA.

Mechanicsburg, PA, Good News,– Pastor Al Sones has gone monthly to different towns and communities looking for person of peace

Wallenpaupack, PA– Pastor Ken Platt and a lay person have gone into nearby town looking for person of peace – They are exploring opportunities to start a new group in a nearby gated community

Walton, NY – Pastors Larry Light and Jack Steele had class of about 10 lay people go through Mobilizing Members and then went out to neighboring towns looking for persons of peace

Casa de Oracion, Patterson, NJ – Under Pastors Camilo Mora and Myller Olivio have started three new groups in three new communities.  These groups have become church planting projects.

Clifton, NJ – Pastors Willie and Daisy Kirchhofer have started one new group in Englewood, NJ

Bronx, NY, El Remenete – Pastor Joel Guzman has translated much of the Bruce Bennett materials into Spanish and has a church planters class with 20 people in training

Acts 12:24 Spanish Pastors – have committed to starting 200 new churches – They currently have 7 new church plants. They will be having a Church Multiplication Training Seminar for all Spanish Pastors on July 27, 2013 at Passaic, NJ.

Pottsville, PA – Pastors Storm Hutchison has led a church planters training class of about 7 people.

Plymouth Meeting, PA, Storehouse – Pastor JR Rushik teaches a pastors class in which he is training about 7 people to plant new churches.

Cadillac, MI – Superintendent Tom Doherty has been visiting Cadillac, Michigan seeking to identify a person of peace.

Bruce Bennett’s June Report

I am copying below Bruce Bennett’s June report of the increase in the number of his churches.

Dear Brothers,

For your information and prayers,

Here with a preliminary preview of our VCP quarterly results as at 15 June 2013.

For the quarter we had 1,546 new churches and 274,000 new members; around 17 new churches per day, and 3000 new discipled members per day.

The registry now reflects 28,779 churches with 2.68 million members.  God is good!!

We have set faith goals that by December 2014 we would have 40,000 churches with 4 million members.

Join us in praying for these goals.

When you mobilize & train members to be multiplying disciples of Jesus the end is in sight!

His grace and peace are yours,

Bruce

                       

Be With Him – One Hour Prayer Report from Willie Kirchhofer

Daisy and I have been doing the one hour prayer daily for about three weeks now – it has been very effective and there is not time in the one hour to pray for what is needed. 3 people in Crossroads have started the one hour prayer starting with one day a week – I have them go at their own pace. Here is an experience I had yesterday that you can use:

Yesterday as I came to pray the words “could you not pray with me one hour” impacted me greatly. I thought – we serve Jesus – we follow Him – we minister in his name and yet we cannot meet with Him for one hour? The absurdity of not meeting with Him really struck me.

I have created a blog for the one hour prayer. It is called One Hour Prayer Challenge. I use it for the people at Crossroads who are doing it as a place to post comments and encouragement. Others can use it if they desire: http://onehourprayer.blogspot.com/

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 22

How to Start a Church Planting Movement – Strategy Coordinator Training – August 19-21, 2013 – Peach Orchard Christian Retreat Center, Burtonsville, MD

Church planting movements (CPM’s) happen through the work of the Holy Spirit and are guided by Strategy Coordinators (SC’s). Strategy Coordinators understand that CPM’s happen through producing multiplying behaviors in the lives of believers.  SC’s are trained in the strategies that produce these behaviors and know how to train their workers to train others in these behaviors. A complete list of these behaviors can be seen in Mt. Bethel Update No. 19 at www.mtbethelproject.com.

On August 19 -21, 2013 at Peach Orchard Retreat Center, the Mt. Bethel project will have its first Strategy Coordinator training event. The event will begin at 8:30 Monday morning and end at noon on Wednesday.  There will be a brief overview of the entire system as it is taught by Bruce Bennett, and then there will be training in at least the first five strategies.

The requirements for attending are 1) Agreement to start a group of three to five people who you will not only train in these strategies, but train them to train others. It will be a goal to have at least two people in your group of 3-5 who have been discovered by your work of looking for a person of peace; 2)  Agree to complete a short pre-training reading list; and 3) Agree to enter fully into the training experience.

If you are interested and have not yet signed up please contact David Harvey at Dharveymar@aol.com.

Travels with Bruce Bennett

I was honored to travel with Bruce Bennett around New York State for three days after Reframe Conference.  Bruce met with a number of groups that were seeking his advice on expanding Kingdom work in Africa.  The first group we met with was from a church near Binghamton, NY, which is sponsoring work in Senegal.  They were asking Bruce for advice on how to make their investment in Senegal more effective for the Kingdom.  We then met in East Aurora, NY with a several United Methodists from New York and Indiana who have begun to work with Bruce in Uganda.  They currently have about eight churches planted in Uganda.  It was inspiring to be in this meeting as they spread out a map on the table and laid plans to expand the church planting work throughout Uganda and eight neighboring countries.  As I sat in these meetings my faith grew that the same God who was expanding the church in Africa wants to expand his work in the United States.

Wilkes-Barre District Starts its’ Second New Group

The Wilkes-Barre District has started a new group in the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  The group is led by Pastor Joe Gandia, assisted by Pastor Matt Riley.  The group is growing and is already reaching new people.  This is the Wilkes-Barre District’s second new group they have started.  The first group continues to meet in Shamokin, PA.  In addition to these two new groups, the Wilkes-Barre District continues to support the Centro de Esperanza church plant in Hazleton, PA.  The Wilkes-Barre District is led by Pastor Al Sones.

Follow-up from Tom Doherty in Cadillac, Michigan

I did go back to Cadillac two more times.  The last two times I have been alone.  The first time I went down near a park and sat on a bench reading my bible and praying.  Here is what changed in me.  I went back to see if anyone would show up.  As I went to Cadillac I talked with the Lord about how I was feeling.

I was going to Cadillac on that day because I was being obedient to what I thought God was telling me to do.  It wasn’t because I had a feeling that there was going to be a large group of people there who I would be ministering too. I was at peace with that.  When I got there I prayed for the time I would be spending there.

When I got to my park bench and sat down I began to read Luke 10 again.  I saw some new things; at least they were new for me.  I also could hear the conversation of several teens that were nearby.  What happened in those few minutes surprised and blessed me.  As I read the companion scripture Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I too was filled with compassion for the teens that were near me and the town as a whole.  I had been changed from someone who came because of an idea, because God told me to go, to someone who had a heart full of compassion and now a drive.  Now I think about the church plant in Cadillac all the time.

God corrected and clarified something in me in addition to this.  I always understood that the person of peace would be a non-Christian. The scripture doesn’t say that.  It says go to the towns and go to a home.  The homes may have been a home where Jewish people who already believed in God lived.

Why does this matter?  It helped me think in a larger context.  Since this revelation, I have gone back to Cadillac and placed an ad in the News paper reaching out to persons of peace.  We will see what God brings of this.  I am now open to working with people who already know Christ and have in their heart to be a part of this.

Be with Him…

How multiplication happens:  “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”   Isaiah 44:3

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 21

Reframe Conference

Our second Reframe Conference has come and gone.  It was a great time of being in God’s presence and learning from him through his servant Bruce Bennett.  Bruce helped us to see hospitality in a new way, pushed us to keep seeking persons of peace as the foundational way to start new churches, and taught us his Membership Mobilization system.

Bruce’s system has produced 9000 new churches and 1.3 million new believers in the past twelve months.  In conversation with Bruce I realized that this system has reached many more people than the 1.3 million people that he talks about.  He said to me that they have added 1.3 million new members but they have reached many more people in their churches that that.  The 1.3 million number includes only those who have joined his churches.

Bruce told us that most of those 1.3 million new members have come through his Member Mobilization program.  This is an eight week program that assists people in your congregation to gather their own group that can become a church plant. This material is available on the Reframe website, including the power point presentation that Bruce uses to teach Member Mobilization.

Bruce also met with a small cohort of persons who wanted personal coaching in creating their own plan for multiplication.  This was a group of about 12 people who met with Bruce early in the morning and through the lunch break.

We were honored to hear from Bruce again.  The purpose of Reframe Conference is to give God an opportunity to reframe our vision and thinking so that he can use us for rapid Kingdom expansion through creating a church planting movement among us. We have much to learn from Bruce about this.

I also got to spend the three days after conference driving Bruce around New York State so that he could meet with potential ministry partners. This was a great opportunity for me to spend time with Bruce and to serve him. I am thankful to God for that opportunity.

Strategy Coordinator Training

What is the next step for Acts 12:24 Churches in producing a church planting movement (CPM)?  The next step is to train several Strategy Coordinators (SC) in the strategies it takes to produce a CPM and to identify the resulting behaviors that we need to produce in believers.

Strategy Coordinator training will take place August 19 – 21, 2013 at the Peach Orchard Retreat Center in Burtonsville, MD. The expectation for each person in the training is that after the training they will form their own class of 2-5 people and coach them through starting their own church by teaching how to implement the nine strategies.  At least two of the people in your class should be people that you have identified through a person of peace strategy.

If you are interested, please contact David Harvey at Dharveymar@aol.com.

Family Discipleship

Christian households are a necessary part of the CPM in the US. I made this case in my presentation at Reframe Conference.  Godly households are the place where we learn the values that make a CPM possible such as faith, faithfulness, encouragement and hospitality.  Godly households precede the church and even the nation of Israel.  They are God’s primary plan enabling us to live out his holiness on earth.  We will develop this further in future editions of this update. Here are some places to go to begin to understand this concept:

The book I referred to at Reframe is: “The Spontaneous Spread of Home-Discipleship Christianity,” by Henry Reyenga. The theme of the book is how parents can disciple their children into a daily reproducible walk with God. The book is available on Amazon.

Here are a few quick links from a search on “family discipleship:”

http://www.familydiscipleshipjournal.com/index.html
http://familydiscipleshipchallenge.com/
https://familydiscipleshippath.wordpress.com/
http://heartofthematteronline.com/precept-family-discipleship-plan/

Be with Him

I came home from Reframe with a deep sense that God is doing something significant among those who have a passion for Rapid Kingdom Expansion in the U.S.  But I also came home with a sense of the necessity of being prepared for opposition in the spiritual realm.  The Bible says that we have to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes (Eph. 5:11).  I am certain that as we get closer to a breakthrough that will enable us to see Rapid Kingdom Expansion the devil is in fact scheming against us.  When the day of evil comes, we will need to be prepared to stand our ground.

The suggestion of the Scripture is that we need to be prepared in advance for spiritual attack, not wait until it happens. I want to encourage everyone to spend more time in prayer; taking time to pray for one hour and to be involved in prayer groups through the Acts 12:24 prayer initiative.  If you want to discuss doing a regular prayer conference call you can contact Al Sones at AlSones@aol.com.  Al has been doing this for several years with the pastors of the Wilkes-Barre district.

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 20

How to Start a Church Planting Movement:
Know the Difference between Teaching and Training

We have all known people who have sat in Bible Studies their entire life, but whose behavior never changes. These people are often very Godly and sincere people but who are ineffective in using their gifts to advance the Kingdom.  They are the product of teaching without training.

Ying Kai, The leader of the T4T church planting movement in China was a pastor and church planter who wondered why the Kingdom wasn’t multiplying faster.  He realized one day that he needed to stop simply teaching and begin training people for specific behaviors. Then, he later realized that to have a movement he needed to train many people to be trainers of these behaviors. Thus the T4T movement was born which stands for “Training for Trainers.”  Training trainers is the key to reaching tens of thousands of people for Jesus.

Here is a brief summary of the difference between teaching and training.

Teaching – Usually done in a classroom setting where the goal is for the student to master some set of knowledge.  Good teachers pay close attention to how well they communicate the bit of knowledge they want the student to have. To measure the effectiveness of our teaching we test the student to see if he or she has retained what we have taught.

Training – The goal is not to produce knowledge in participants, but to produce behaviors. To produce a specific behavior we have to:

– Clearly explain the desired behavior

– Provide time in the training to practice the desired behavior

– Acquire agreement from the student to practice that behavior in the next week

– Provide a time for reporting back by the student on how well they did in their attempts at the behavior

– Include encouragement to keep moving forward with the behavior and not give up.

The last Update included a chart that explained the nine behaviors we have to produce in believers to have a church planting movement. Not every believer has to have all nine of the behaviors, but to have a multiplication movement all nine must be present within the group God is using to multiply the Kingdom.

We need to pray specifically that God will call and gift people to train workers for Jesus.

Reports from the Field:
Looking for a Person of Peace in Cadillac, MI.

Submitted by Tom Doherty

Wednesday May 1st we went to Cadillac.  I had been praying and asking God about where to go.  Nothing seemed to be coming to me.  I had a map and I knew the town, I spent half of my growing up years there.  So I started typing into the map things like “Micki”, “Bethany”, “Doherty”, and finally “Mason” the name of my grandson who was going with us.  There was two small pieces of Mason Street that showed up on the map.

We now had a place to start.  We drove over near Mason Street and saw the “First Congregational” Church.  We parked in their lot and I went to talk with the pastor.  He said that he just got off the phone with a pastor who was doing a ministry for single mom’s in Travers City and was thinking about doing one in Cadillac.  This was an encouragement to one of the people in our party who had been sensing God calling her to be a part of putting a school together for unwed pregnant teens.  It also gave us a chance to pray with the pastor about this ministry opportunity.  I have continued to pray for this request.

We then began to walk up and down streets near Mason Street praying for families, burned out homes and the people associated with them, and workers who we saw. We then we turned on to Mason Street.  We immediately saw a man working in his yard.  As we came close he greeted us.  We talked with him for a few minutes and told him what we were doing.  We asked if he had any prayer requests.  He said he was a pretty religious guy and didn’t think that he needed any prayer.  We talked for a few more minutes and I said well we just thought we would see if you had any prayer needs.  As we started to go he stopped us and said, “Well I don’t have a job right now.”  So we stopped and prayed about that.  I gave him a business card and we left.

We connected with a few more people down at the lake and at an ice cream place and went home.  That night at prayer meeting we told the story and someone from our church knew of a company who was hiring near Cadillac and gave me the information.

On Saturday we were supposed to go back.  I had a time set in my mind, but things didn’t come together so we couldn’t leave in time to get there when I thought we should.  The Lord did put me at ease before we left by saying to me, “You’re right on time.”

So we took one person in our group down to the lake where she thought she was supposed to be and my wife and I went back to Mason Street.

We parked in the same church parking lot and walked over to “Paul” from Mason Street’s home.  He was standing in his door as if he was waiting for us.  I told him about the job and he said that he knew the owner and would check out the job.  We spent about 10 minutes or so talking and left there with a positive connection.

We gave him an information sheet about a meeting we would be having down at the lake on May 13th at 6PM.  We gave out a few more of these and tonight I will be going down for the next chapter of the journey.

I’ll let you know what happens.  My hope is that the person of peace or a connection to the person of peace will show up.

Building a CPM Strategy in Clifton, NJ

Submitted by Willie Kirchhofer

We are working the mapping and prayer system. We have 4 areas now that I am praying for: Englewood; Villas; North East Bronx; and Battery Park City.

A group has started in Englewood NJ. We have been meeting for 2 months Saturdays at 4pm. There is a core of 5 other than my wife and I. We have had up to 14 at the meeting. I lead the group at present. Two weeks ago one man came to Christ in the meeting. He and a woman in the group will start the training this Saturday before the group meeting. The host of the group will be training them (this is one of the second generation groups I mentioned – He, the host is in one of my long term training groups). The man who came to Christ actually lives in the Bronx and I have already mentioned to him that he can train people in the Bronx – he is very open and is I believe a person of peace. Interestingly everyone who has come to the group is from the Dominican Republic. They are English/Spanish speaking middle class unchurched or Catholic background people.

I was greatly impacted by the T4T principle. I rebuilt our entire discipleship process according to the principles in the book. We still call it the Masters Mile but it is not the same material. We have 9 beginning lessons and then a long term discipleship through the book of Ephesians that takes 12 weeks. After that I will meet probably bi-weekly with those who have groups or are training others.

Right now there are 4 trainers other than myself. There are 3 second generation groups going right now. Two of the groups are people who go to Crossroads but one group is people who do not attend Crossroads. A 4th was supposed to start this past Saturday with 4 people outside of Crossroads but did not come together. We had one 2nd generation group outside the church that stopped and did not progress. No third generation yet. I am mindful of the 25% figure of people who will actually be trainers and realize that the key is to train a lot of people in order to get to multiplication. The number trained so far is insufficient to get to multiple generations. Ying Kai trained hundreds – I have probably trained 15 so far. At present I have 2 groups I am training and trying to start a third. The key is train many people.

Be With Him…

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”   Isaiah 58:11

Mt. Bethel Project Update-No. 19

How to start a church planting movement:
Nine strategies that produce nine behaviors in believers that are necessary for church multiplication

Church planting movements happen because of the actions of believers.  If believers do the correct actions, then multiplication will happen.  But that fact is that many believers invest many hours working for Christ and the church, but their activity does not produce Kingdom multiplication.

Below is a chart that helps us understand what behaviors we need to produce in the lives of believers for the church to multiply.  Strategies are simply plans to train, empower, and encourage behaviors in believers so that their lives produce the most fruit possible for the Kingdom in the years God has given them on earth.

 

 Strategies

Needed Behavior

Strategy No. 1 – Abundant Prayer – Because strategies are not enough

Needed Behavior: Believers who will develop a significant prayer life, especially praying about their role in church multiplication

Strategy No. 2 Reproducible Entry Strategies – (Empty Field Strategies)

Needed Behavior: Believers who will go to a new community and seek to start a new group by employing an entrance strategy

Strategy No. 3 Abundant Sowing – (Seeded Field strategies)

Needed Behavior: Believers who are trained to share the Gospel with non-believers and do so regularly

Strategy No. 4 – Reproducible Short Term Discipleship (Growing Field strategies)

Needed Behavior:  Believers who are equipped to form a group and lead the group through a short term discipleship process

Strategy No. 5 – Reproducible Long term Discipleship – (Growing Field strategies)

Needed Behavior: Believers who are equipped to train others in long term discipleship

Strategy No. 6 – Intentional Church Formation Strategies (Harvest Field strategies)

Needed Behavior: Believers who are trained to lead others in helping a group become a church.

Strategy No. 7 – Reproducible Leadership Multiplication – Ensuring there is an on-going supply of “workers,” “starters” and “multipliers” in the system

Needed Behavior: People who become leaders in the multiplication strategies in local church, leading empty field, seeded field, growing field and harvest field strategies

Strategy No. 8 – Healthy Church Strategies – Ensuring that the churches that are planted  begin as healthy churches and that the health is maintained over time

Needed Behavior: People who are trained to train others to create a healthy church with clear purposes, multiplication systems, and evaluation systems

Strategy No. 9 – Church Reproduction Strategies – Ensuring that there are strategy coordinators who can train others in the nine strategies

Needed Behavior: People who can train others to train others in the nine strategies, and provide oversight and encouragement for the people they train

 

Strategy Coordinators

The next piece of the puzzle for creating a church planting movement in our region is to identify those people whom God has called and gifted to be strategy coordinators.  Strategy Coordinators will train pastors and other leaders in the nine strategies that are necessary for a church planting movement and then would provide oversight and encouragement to the ones that they train.

We are moving to create Strategy Coordinator Training. This will start with a three day beginning training event. We are still determining the place and date, but it will be sometime later in the summer.  While registration will be limited, and it will be a first time experimental training group, you should consider participating in the training if you have a sense of being called by God to help start a church planting movement, and a passion to reach many more lost people for Jesus than our present systems are currently reaching.

Please contact David Harvey if you are interested in being part of this training.

Reframe Conference

In just a few weeks we will gather again for Reframe Conference.  This is a conference that is dedicated to reaching as many people as we possibly can by starting a Church Planting Movement in the United States.  We will be honored to hear from Bruce Bennett again. In the last twelve months Bruce’s churches have reached 1.3 million new people for Christ. We cannot really comprehend those numbers.  It will be a joy and an honor to listen again to someone whose ministry has been so blessed by God. If you haven’t registered you can register at www.reframeconference.com.

A Unique Opportunity

For those Attending Reframe Conference there will be a unique opportunity for a small group of individuals, about 6-8 people, to meet alone with Bruce Bennett and have him personally coach you in creating your plan for church multiplication.  This small cohort will meet in the mornings before breakfast and during some meal times.  If you wish to be part of this group please contact David Harvey at Dharveymar@aol.com.

Gathering Information

I am attempting to gather information from anyone who has made any attempts at implementing some of the Bruce Bennett system during the past year.  If you have, taught a church planter’s class, went looking for a person of peace, sent people into to a new community, tried to start a new group, or started a new group, I would like to hear from you.  Please send me a short summary of what you have done in the past year, even if you have a sense that it didn’t succeed.  It is very important that we keep accurate records of what is being done in this venture, and we need your accurate reporting to do that.  Many of you have already reported in what you have done, but if you haven’t please send a brief summary of your efforts to me at Dharveymar@aol.com.

Be with Him

Willie Kirchhofer has created a blog to encourage people to pray for one hour.  You can find his thoughts at http://onehourprayer.blogspot.com/. Remember that the first step towards creating a church planting movement is Abundant Prayer.