Friday, May 3, 2013

Recommended Church Planting Residency

I have been around church planters and church plants on and off for the last eight years now. Currently I have the privilege of equipping and training church planters to be sent out in S. Asia. But the one thing that I noticed early on about the struggles of church planters in N. America was that they were often times sent out with little to no training and almost always alone. This seemed to be one of the biggest hindrance to every personal church planter that I knew and many of them did not survive whereas they would have had a better chance had they just had some better equipping and a team to plant with them.

That is why I am thankful for networks like The Summit Network that is building and planting gospel-centered churches. Their vision is to plant 1000 churches in our generation and although their residency is tailored more for guys planting in the US, it is out of the same group that I was equipped to be sent out to equip others to plant in S. Asia. I have also had the privilege of watching some of their most recent plants be sent out and even personally know a couple of the guys.

Here is what they have to say on their website about a Church Planting Residency:

"Residency is a full-time, 9-month position at the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham for lead planters. Participants receive a realistic experience of life and ministry in a church planting church while preparing to plant a church in North America. Residents receive assessment, training, and ongoing coaching through the Summit Network while recruiting a team, fundraising, and developing the strategy for the future plant. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be sent out to plant."
On their website you can find more information on the benefits of a residency and a series of recent blog post that are useful for those considering planting. For more information check out their site and email their team with any further questions.
This is a network that I believe in fully as I am on board with their vision and hope that if you are considering planting you will check them out. I know they currently have a couple of spots open for their upcoming residency, but the deadline to apply is May 15th so don't wait too long to apply.

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