Resources For Ministry
Here are a few resources that we want to share with you for the sake of your mission ministry and the church of Christ in the world.
Advance Newsletter by Leadership Network
Pastor’s Toolbox Newsletter with Rick Warren
Small Groups by SmallGroups.com
Church Leader Insights with Nelson Searcy
Great website on building and developing small groups. Hundreds of downloadable training tools and Bible studies for your group. Ideas on making small-group ministry more impactful. Help to recruit, train and support small group leaders. A great resource!
Coaching & Mentoring
Gospel Coach Training Handout
By Scott Thomas, President of Acts29 Network
Church Hospitality Training
Free video series on hospitality, including “9 reasons your visitors don’t come back and what you can do” to change some of those.
CoachNet is a collaboration & multiplication organization. They do leadership development, using coaching and coach training as their primary application.
Church Planting Coaches
A community of church planting coaches that provide resources and field-based training to help YWAM church planters effectively grow multiplying churches.
Websites on Church Planting
Church Planting Village
This is the site presented by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist
Convention. It is absolutely loaded with information. There is information on everything you can imagine including multi-site church planting, bi-vocational church planting, indigenous church planting, church planter wives. If you go to the Discover Church Planting section, you can take several free online assessments to determine whether or not you are suited to be a church planter.
“New Churches” is Ed Stetzer’s updated site. Ed is an author, pastor, and church planter who currently serves as the Missiologist and Director of the Center for Missional Research at the North American Mission Board of the SBC. This site is laid out very nicely. It has lots of great tools, resources, information on events, blogs, podcasts, links, and info on vendors.
NEXT is a network of purpose-driven churches dedicated to launching 1000 churches in the next five years. NEXT is directed by Ron Sylvia who has been teaching the Purpose Driven Church planting seminar for many years. Ron Sylvia is the founding and lead pastor of Church at the Springs in Ocala, Florida and has a passion for training and coaching church planters. This website has some good downloads and materials. Most importantly, it is the door to getting involved in Ron’s monthly church planter coaching network.
Church Planting Resources
This is very professional organization that has a ton of highly practical stuff including setting up a 501c3, to writing a church constitution, info on how to set up blogs and pod casts, creating email campaigns, and more.
This is Steve Sjogren’s new site. Sjorgren is an effective church planter, author, and the leading spokesman for servant evangelism. He has some good resources and articles available. I like it because I like servant evangelism.
Acts29 is on the forefront of the Resurgence Movement attempting to combine reformed theology and a contextualization of the Gospel. The Acts29 Network came out of Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill church in Seattle, Washington. This site is very well done with plenty of media downloads, information on upcoming church planter training boot camps hosted by Acts29, and other resources.
Organic Church Planting
This is Neil Cole’s site. It is dedicated to planting movements and organic house churches. There are many articles on house churches.
A collection of a hundred websites, articles, and organizations all related to church planting.
Passion for Planting is a not-for-profit church planting support ministry started in 2002 by a group of church planters from New Life Christian Church in Centreville, Virginia. They have a good looking site with a few nice free resources.
This is an extension of Outreach Marketing. They do have some good free articles. But most importantly, this site connects you to stuff you can use to market the new church.
Church Planting Bibliography in Spanish
Annotated Bibliography on Church Planting
Honduras Church Planting Manual