The Most Important Role of Denominations in Church Planting

How to focus on church planting from the national level

Everyone around me knows my passion for church planting. I've lectured on it, speak about it at conferences, help provide resources to church planters through, written books about it, and write about it regularly on The Exchange.

In the last few weeks alone I've posted an interview on church planting with Jonathan Falwell, a series by Daniel Im on church planting trends (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and some church planting secrets I've learned over the years.

It's important to remember a very important group related to church planting: denominations.

Denominations play an important role in facilitating church planting. Not all church planters are denominational, but most are. So, they need to find ways to relate well to their denomination. For the purpose of this article, I will focus on how denominations need to make some changes in order to help promote church planting among their own churches.

So what’s the most important role of the denomination at the national level?

I recently was asked to give a talk at a meeting of a denomination’s national leaders. The denomination has a strong headquarters, but weaker districts, and my answer was tailored to their situation, but the principles apply. (For example, talking about national leaders as “generals” in a “headquarters” won’t make a whole lot of sense in many denominations.)

Be an Advocate and Standard Maker, Not the Doer of All Things Church Planting

The most strategic and important role of the denomination at the national level is to be an advocate for church planting. A national denomination can create national standards and goals for church planting in assessment, coaching, funding, and training. But there ...

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