Church Planter Training Curriculum
For Post Communist EurAsia
Five practical training manuals each offer 30 hours of instruction;
sharing a vision for saturation church planting as well as
practical principles and priorities for accomplishing local
church plants. Designed for modular instruction in a working
seminar format, the training schedule can be adapted for work/ministry
realities of YOUR trainees.
I. Philosophy of The Alliances
Church Planter Training Curriculum
- Biblically Based- All sections are founded firmly on
- Theologically Balanced- Broad enough for use in most
evangelical traditions, while not strongly advocating any one
system of theology, or any particular Christian tradition.
- Goal Oriented- 5 seminars, spanning 18-24 months, are
intended to teach trainees how to plant healthy, reproducing
- Culturally sensitive and adaptive- Written by
people well-acquainted with cultural issues in the C/E European
regions... intended to meet the needs of each training context.
There is a strong focus on questions & application. Other-language
translators of the material in the region are encouraged to contextualize
- Practical & Balanced- Strong focus on providing
tools for ministry. Relevant knowledge, skills and character
issues are presented in a balanced fashion. This training doesnt
take the place of classic Bible school/seminary instruction,
or specialised ministry training.
- Threshold driven- Practical assignments are given to
trainees to work on between the seminars. These assignments lead
the trainee toward the goal, and are vital for a healthy work.
- Cohesive- Materials focus broadly on vision, the worker,
practical skills, and organisation. All parts relate to each
other, and to the goal.
- Progressive and Incremental- A staged process (foundations,
winning, establishing, training, multiplying,) leads to developing
movement. The parts begin to fit, like a puzzle coming together
over time, as trainees gradually apply what they learn.
- Geared to common people- Simple, clear, practical. For
nation-wide church planting movements to occur, lay people can
and should be involved. Materials are simple, direct, vision-driven,
- Relational- Training seminars are intended to be holistic
experiences, where relationships are built with other trainees,
trainers and mentors.
II. Values of The Alliances Church Planter Training
- The local church is Gods primary method for doing His
- Church planting is the most effective tool for discipling the
- Church planting is the best means for fulfilling the Great
Commission mandate (Mat. 28:18-20).
- The work of evangelism lies at the heart of a churchs
life and health.
III. How We Work
- Leaders and workers are encouraged to start with the end
in mind (the Z), a discipled nation filled
with healthy, reproducing churches accessible to every man,
woman and child
and to work backwards from there to accomplish
- Training is balanced with other important components that
make for movement- Prayer that is focused and intentional
(when, who, how?); Goals and Vision (how many, when); Leadership (who); Research (what
do we need to know?); Resources (inside and outside
of country); Evangelism and Discipleship (building new
communities of believers).
- Our approach is diverse- Tent makers can do the job,
and should be the primary work force mobilised for this vision.
The role of full time church planters is recognised, but not
strongly encouraged. There are many ways to start new churches;
the whole Body of Christ can and should be mobilised to this
- Jesus as Head of His Expanding Church- I will
build My Church is His promise for every generation of
Christian leaders. He is Lord of the Church, and has given His
Spirit to lead us in the church planting task in any given place.
- Missionaries from the West- Their function is primarily
apostolic and facilitative
helping nationals to do what
God is calling them to.
- National Visionary Leaders- God raises up key leaders,
who lead others into His vision for their country.
- National trainers- Western missionaries intend to encourage
and equip gifted national leaders to train their own countrymen,
as soon as possible.
- Other Christians- Expatriate workers linked with the
national Church CAN work together in unity- in prayer, sharing
of some resources, and owning the goal for a discipled nation.
- Strategic Use of Outside Funding- not for salaries and
buildings, but used tactically to launch movements
V. Ways Local Churches Can Be Involved in
the Vision of Country-wide Church Planting
- Prayer- for the movement, for the workers, for the harvest.
- Information on the Movement- bulletin boards, newspapers,
etc. can all highlight specifics on SCP.
- Sending leaders to participate in the training- Pastors
can recommend, send and support men and women called of God to
- Joining with other churches- in launching new works,
developing small house groups that can lead toward
becoming new churches, instituting a cell group movement
in a given area, classic mother-daughter church planting.
VI. Why You Should Be Involved in Church Planting
- Church planting is a biblical strategy- Acts 13:2,3; 14:21-23
- Church planting is an effective means of evangelism- Mat. 28:18-20
- Church planting reaches new generations- new forms often call
for new churches, to reach new generations
- Church planting is an effective way to reach people groups-
Sub-groups in cities can be targeted in new church efforts
- Church planting expands denominational strength- new churches
grow budgets, leaders and harvest force workers.
- People need churches where there are none- Many of the towns & cities
in the nation are unreached, with no evangelical churches present
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