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This course is designed to answer the key questions surrounding church planting, whether from planters, sending churches, or planting teams.
This course contains about 5 hours of video. Learners are encouraged to watch the video, explore the recommended links, and consider purchasing the recommended books for ongoing study.
Resources prepared by George Luke and Colton Moore from Bethlehem College & Seminary.
Additional curation by Phil Thompson for The Gospel Coalition.
Churches should know why they plant and church planters should know why they leave one church to start another. In the following video, Matt Rogers articulates four reasons why planters should be sent from Acts 13:1–3.
Matt Rogers lives in Greenville, SC and serves as the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale, a church that Matt and his team planted in 2009. Since the church’s launch, The Church at Cherrydale has launched two church plants, sent several missionaries, and assisted in many other planting endeavors. Matt is a graduate of Furman University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and recently received his PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt is the author of several books including Seven Arrows: Aiming Bible Readers in the Right Direction and writes for a number of evangelical organizations, speaking around the nation about the need for disciple-making and leadership development in the local church. This all pales in comparison to the joy Matt finds in being the husband of Sarah and the father of Corrie, Avery, and Hudson, and Willa.
Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His books include: Faithful Preaching, Orphanology, Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down, Proclaiming Jesus, and eight volumes in the new Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series (B&H), of which he also serves as a general editor, along with Danny Akin and David Platt. He is happily married to Kimberly; and they have five adopted children.
In this video, David Platt explores the connection between discipleship, spiritual multiplication, and church planting.
The following videos address contextual considerations of planting in general and specific contexts. Consider how your church planting context demands its own contextual missional strategy.
In the following video, Joe Rigney introduces a strategy for leadership in church plants that involves a team approach to preaching and responsibility. Consider ways to compare and contrast Rigney’s approach with other leadership approaches you have encountered.
Joe Rigney serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Worldview at Bethlehem College & Seminary, where he teaches Bible, theology, history, philosophy, history, and Jonathan Edwards. When he’s not teaching college and seminary students, he spends time enjoying his lovely wife, laughing with his two sons, reading medieval theology, playing flag football, and eating fish tacos. He is the author of Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles and The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts.
Tim Cain is the pastor of Kaleo Church which he planted in El Cajon, California, in 2009 after completing a one year church planting residency at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Kaleo is part of both the TCT and the Acts 29 church planting networks. Tim and his wife, Abbey, have three wonderful adopted children. Tim has a passion for preaching the Gospel, church planting, adoption, and feasting with the poor. His first book, The God of Great Reversals: Finding the Gospel in the Book of Esther, was released in 2016.
Tim Cain, in the video below, adjusts expectations for church planters from working for numbers, to working for knowledge of God. We don’t want to be hitting a quota like a factory; we want to be on a quest for faithfulness to Jesus.
Tim Cain is the pastor of Kaleo Church which he planted in El Cajon, California, in 2009. Kaleo Church is part of the TCT Church Planting Network as well as Acts 29. He and his wife, Abbey, have two adopted children that they love very much. Tim has a passion for preaching the Gospel, church planting, adoption, and feasting with the poor. He is finishing up his first book, The God of Great Reversals: Finding the Gospel in the Book of Esther.