How to Plant a Church
By The Reverend Thomas Hare
How to Get Started in Church Planting
The following information is provided to help provide step-by-step information and an on-ramp into the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ADGL) church multiplication and Kingdom expansion efforts. The ADGL is committed to helping those called by the Lord to establish Kingdom Beachheads of all kinds. How to Get Started in Church Planting
Church Planting and Missional Outreach: Synod 2015 Lunch Session
The ACNA’s first Archbishop, Bob Duncan, declared that the ACNA was committing to a missional vision to plant 1000 churches in five(5) years. Although the goal was not fully achieved, a great deal was accomplished, and several churches were planted in our own diocese. Most importantly, a missional vector was embedded into the spiritual DNA of the ACNA, including the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes.
In order to nurture this missional focus during our jam-packed synod schedule, we determined to utilize the noon-time slot and have a working lunch opportunity focused on watering the seeds of this church-planting vision. The primary purpose of this lunch-time conversation was to enable connectedness among church-planters and/or those seeking to discern a possible church-planting call, or missional endeavor of some nature. Anadditional purpose was to present some actual case studies by current church-planters that could enable cross-pollination and idea exchange among all present.
To that end I asked two of our leaders in the church-planting trenches to share for 10 minutes each: Jeremy Lile (City Hope of Akron, OH); and Heather Ghormley (Tree of Life of South Bend, IN). These TED Talk style presentations were then followed by Q&A and interactive discussion.
Jeremy shared transparently about some of the things the City Hope team tried over the past 2+ years – some of which were fruitful, and some of which did not work. The most important outcome was their willingness to re-group and not quit. As he and his team have persevered and continued to seek the Lord’s direction, they decided to re-launch a fresh initiative, and were thrilled to have doors open for them to purchase a ministry center in their target community, and at a fraction of the asking price.
Heather shared of the ups and downs that Tree of Life has experienced over the past 3 years, and also illustrated not just the ebb and flow that one experiences in church planting, but how perseverance has born good fruit for them as well. A recent victory was their being able to rent a new meeting facility ideally located for their community outreach efforts. A unique ministry that Tree of Life recently launched was an immigration clinic. Heather said, “We are getting an average of three calls a day from people seeking our help!” As a result, new doors of ministry are constantly being opened for them through this need-based outreach.
So what’s God saying to you? If you think you may be sensing the call to church-plant, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s start a conversation….
The Reverend Thomas Hare, a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, serves on the Bishop’s staff as Canon for Church Growth: Church Re-missioning & Planting. Vocationally, Tom serves as the Executive Director of HarvestNet Ministries of NE Ohio. [HarvestNet Ministries, of which Bishop Ames is a founder, serves as an umbrella organization for various city-reaching ministries, including the following: HarvestNet Institute; the All-School Assembly Program (ASAP); the Jewish-Evangelical Dialogue: and the NEO Leadership Network.] Bringing a vast base of knowledge, he directs the development of church planting and multiplication in the ADGL.