Church Planting Articles
Developing Your Mission Statement
Writing Your Mission Statement
Fill in one or two phrases answering each of the following. Follow the grammatical structure indicated for each phrase. This will make it easy to combine the phrases together into a single, coherent statement. Construct a rough draft at the bottom of this worksheet.
1. What does your organization do?
Developing A Clear Vision
Read the Vision Chapter in Aubrey Malphurs CP Bookâ¦ "The Conception Phase"
What are the characteristics of a biblical vision?
Where does vision come from?
What are the core values for your ministry? See the core values of VCC
What are the four to six core values of your new church?
Who is the ministry focus group you are
The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Albany
The senior founding pastor of VCF/Albany is Rick Colquhoun. Rick and his wife Brenda are both
from up-state New York, but have lived in California for the last 11 years. While in California, Rick served on
the pastoral staff of the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship (mother church and denominational
The Royal Oak Vineyard:
A Two-Year Proposal
By Jim Pool
Center: Royal Oak
Primary Focus: Royal Oak, Ferndale, Oak Park, Madison Heights, Birmingham (S: Eight
Mile Rd; E: Dequindre Ave; W: Southfield Rd; N: Big Beaver Rd)
Larger Focus: Gratiot Ave (from downtown) to Utica Rd (northwest) to M59 (west) to
Orchard Lake/Pontiac Trail (southwest) to Haggerty Rd (south) to
TARGET GROUP CLARITY: Write out a brief statement regarding each of these topics for your community. If you don't know an answer, ask someone in your target community about this topic.
By Steve Nicholson, National Director of Church Planting, Vineyard USA: So God's called you to plant a church. Who's going with you? What kinds of things do you look for in a potential team member? How do you go about asking them? These and other eminently practical matters are the subject of what follows...
People, tasks, conflict: An interview with corporate teams consultant Grace McLaren: One of the most challenging aspects to planting a church is doing it with a team of people. Nothing is more exhilarating. Nothing is more filled with pain and frustration.
BY TODD HUNTER, FORMER NATIONAL DIRECTOR, AVC USA: IN THE FINAL SESSION OF VINEYARD USA 'S NATIONAL PASTOR'S CONFERENCE, TODD HUNTER GAVE A CLOSING "WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?" ADDRESS AS THE VINEYARD HEADS INTO THE NEXT MILLENIUM. THE RESPONSE TO THAT ADDRESS HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT, AND WE THOUGHT MANY OF YOUR MIGHT LIKE READING IT FOR YOURSELF.
By John Wimber: The Vineyard's founder, John Wimber, had enormous practical wisdom when it came to leadership and vision. Occasionally, we like to include those thoughts in the pages of Cutting Edge. What follows is an edited version of an article Wimber wrote in 199x on the subject of vision and leadership.
Where Do We Begin?: Aubrey Malphurs ~ Planting Growing Churches: Discovering Values
What are the core organizational values?
"Why do we do what we do?" See the NINE things that values do
The Saddleback Vision: From Pastor Rick's first sermon, March 30,1980
Vineyard Church of Columbus Our Purpose: Our purpose as a church is to produce mature, reproducing Christians and plant mature, reproducing churches. By maturity, we mean lives and churches that are built on the Bible and that express...
Name of our Target Community/City_______________________________________
What are the population trends?
10 years ago ____________________
10 years from now _______________
What is the marital status for your community?
What is the
Every week 3,500 people find their way to one of five services at the 35-acre campus of the North Phoenix Vineyard. But if you had told Brian Anderson twenty years ago heâd be pastoring a church this size, he probably wouldnât have believed it. In fact, two years after planting the church...
By Jay Pathak: Sometimes itâs easy to forget just how much energy goes into outreach in the beginning of a new church plantâespecially trying to gather those first 50 people! So we talked to someone whoâs right now in the midst of it, and finding that God is blessing their efforts.
Our church is part of larger group ofchurches known as the Association of Vineyard Churches. There are hundreds ofVineyards across Americaand abroad. Each Vineyard is different and all Vineyards share similar prioritiesor values. But in order to appreciate the Vineyard movement, we need tounderstand where we came from.
Hot Spots Looking for a place to plant a church? by Jeff Bailey
Rick Warren, pastor of the 13,000-strong Saddleback Church in Orange County California , and author of The Purpose-Driven Church, tells a fascinating and instructive account about the process he went through when deciding where to plant a church. In 1979, as he was nearing the end of seminary (at Southwestern Baptist in Dallas
Mark Tindall: One year ago, Mark Tindall was leading a thriving young adult ministry at one of the countryâs largest Vineyards. Then, he and a team decided to take the biggest road trip of their lives. Hereâs an insider account of what it feels like to start a new church.
By John Wimber: This article is adapted from a talk John gave to church leaders in the Spring of 1994 at a church planting conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
By Bert Waggoner: As we think about where weâve come from, let me remind us of something: We are called to be a force of spiritual revolution, not a stagnant institution. We aim to take John Wimberâs counselâto âtake the best and go.â
By Steve Nicholson and Jeff Bailey: The most important ingredient of any church plant is the team leader the church planting pastor. In fact, finding and preparing that person is one of the most difficult parts of church planting. Finding a likely place is easy. Finding the right person is...
Many times, people enter into a church planting assessment anxious about the experience; almost inevitably, they leave having felt like it was a powerful, milestone event. Because of it, they know themselves better, feel clearer about Godâs call on their life, and have been affirmed and cared for by some wise and attentive leaders. In what follows...
By Steve Holt: Iâm convinced that raising support is a catalytic tool for the vision and faith of the church planter: It teaches him the importance of being concise and clear in the articulation of his vision.
By Jon Panner: Is there a link between church health and growth? Christian Schwarz's research verifies what shepherds have observed for years: healthy flocks reproduce. How then do you engender health that yields growth? Or, as Schwarz, asks, ``What church growth principles are true...
Equipping The Saints: In 1987 I took a close look at my congregation and drew a conclusion: the Anaheim Vineyard was deficient in many ways. We had worldwide visibility, but we were hurting in many respects. We had lagged in our Bible teaching, in ministry to the lost and poor, in prayers, and in financial giving- especially tithing.
An Interview with Cindy Nicholson, national church planting administrator for the Vineyard USA. By the time you go out to plant a church, obedience to the Lord should be a habit, and the church plant is just one more step on the path he is taking you.â
By now it is common knowledge that church planting means long hours, lots of praying, tiredness, and a good degree of frustration and rejection mixed in with it. So why get so excited about church planting? What is it that makes it worth all the pain?
While we were on staff at the SW London Vineyard, every couple of years we would ask the Lord, âNow? Do we go and plant now?â Each time we concluded he was saying, âNot yet.â After we had been there for five years, they began sending people out to plant churches.