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Vision/Goals

Our vision is to facilitate a church multiplication movement of healthy, harvest-focused and reproducing churches…we believe that to accomplish this vision God will lead us in starting more than twenty new churches every year from now until 2012, and beyond…

Strategy

Our strategy is a seven-step process:

  • First, there is preparation.  This includes prayer efforts and site location, which is usually determined by Associational Directors of Missions or Parent Churches.  
  • The second step is partnership, where a parent church, along with the association and even potentially other congregations or organizations, joins the new church planting efforts.  
  • Third, there is recruitment of potential church planters.  Discovery Tools and Assessment Centers help evaluate potential planters. 
  • Fourth, we provide comprehensive training, beginning with Boot Camp/Basic Training experiences for planters and their spouses.  
  • The fifth step is nurture and support for the planter and his family.  This includes a coach and mentor, peer learning clusters known as “Church Planter Networks” and “C. P. Spouse Networks”, and fellowship opportunities.  
  • Sixth, we focus on evaluation, and we do this through “check ups” over the course of the foundational development of the new church.  
  • Finally, there is reproduction, in which church plants are prepared to become “parent churches” themselves.

Our Church Multiplication Team, made up of planters, parent church pastors, associational directors of missionaries and state staff, help facilitate this church multiplication movement.

No top down hierarchy here!

System

Our Church Planting System is built around the following: 
 
Prayer

  • Prayer is recognized as foundational to everything that must be done in church planting.
  • A “prayer network” is in place and will be developed, with regular communication given to all participants.

Recruitment

  • We are engaged in active and regular recruitment of potential church planters, both at seminaries and within the borders of our convention.
  • The North American Mission Board’s “Nehemiah Project” is a focal area for recruitment.

Assessment 

  • All potential BCM/D church planters (and their spouses, if married) will be assessed to determine their church planter temperament and abilities.
  • Only assessed church planters will receive BCM/D funding.
  • Assessment will be done locally, if funding is involved.

Training

  • All funded BCM/D church planters are required to attend "Focused Living" and “Basic Training” within several months of beginning their work. Spouses are strongly encouraged o attend.

Coaching 

  • All funded BCM/D church planters are expected to select a “coach” for two years from the BCM/D coaching network.
  • All coaches have received training for this relationship.
  • All coaches are also strongly urged to attend “basic training” with their planters.

New Church Incubators 

  • Learning communities are established for church planters and spouses that provide them with regular training and fellowship.

Parent Church Process

  • Systems are established for enlisting, training and supporting parent churches. These “parent church” networks will address needs, problems and support.

Location of Church Planting Sites  

  • The eleven associational directors of missions within the Maryland/Delaware area are responsible for the selection of the sites for new church starts.
  • Each Association will always have at least THREE locations in preparation.

"Anchor" Churches

  • These new church starts 3-7 years of age have demonstrated their commitment  to Kingdom values and are targeted for greater growth and reproduction, as well as a deeper leadership role in the future of the BCM/D.

"Teaching" Churches

  • These churches have shown an effectiveness and DNA for church planting. They are used as a training ground for interning potential church planters.

Language/Ethnic Starts 

  • Special attention is given to the starting of new churches among language/ethnic groups.
  • Catalysts/Language missionaries and our Advisory Councils help us to be aware of their needs and opportunities.

Funding 

  • Basic funding continues to be through the annual cooperative budget between BCM/D and NAMB.
  • Other financial streams which may produce funds for church planting include the State Missions Offering, funds from the Bull Endowment Legacy as well as gifts from other “partnership” arrangements.

Marketing 

  • Our Church Planting Efforts will be marketed as fully as possible using the BCM/D Communication Center's expertise while utilizing the giftedness of other available sources.

Multiplication

  • All plants are expected to reproduced more than once over the course of the next decade, with the first church plant started before year five in their own existence.