I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is a course for church planters and pastors, brought to you by NewChurches.com—a resource designed by LifeWay to help new churches and new campuses.
Recently at LifeWay, in partnership with several denominations and networks, we conducted the largest and most comprehensive research project on church planting ever: The State of Church Planting in the U.S. 2015 Report. We discovered that training and development matter greatly for the health of a new church, the growth of a new church, the church’s likelihood of financial self-sustainability, and the ability to multiply. For example, among those we surveyed, we found that when church planters received a minimum of a month-long training course, they had a higher year-over-year worship attendance than those who didn’t. And by year four, their worship attendance was double the size of those who received no training.
My friend and colleague Ed Stetzer puts it well,
“It’s bizarre and absurd at the number of people who have gone and planted churches without taking courses on it or reading books on it.”
This is why I’m so excited to introduce the Essential Church Planting Course to you, brought to you by NewChurches.com. This course digs into the essential knowledge and counsel every church planter and multiplier needs to know. Think “Church Planting and Multiplying 101.”
In this course, which consists of 18 enhanced modules, 7 hours of HD video, and 60+ handouts, we want to help those involved in church multiplication:
- See the big picture of planting and multiplication
- Get you prepared to plant and multiply
- Develop an effective launch strategy
- Solve persistent struggles and difficulties along the way
- Get step-by-step advice on how to multiply your church
You can see the whole list of modules as well as our incredible faculty at newchurches.com/essentialchurchplanting. Our faculty includes thought leaders like Ed Stetzer, Mac Lake, Derwin Gray, Shawn Lovejoy, and Jeff Vanderstelt.
If you’re considering church planting, if you’re in the process of planting a church, if you’re in the day to day of running a church plant, or if you’re a pastor wanting to build a multiplying church, then go here to get the first three modules of this course for free: newchurches.com/essentialchurchplanting.
Once you register, fill out your information here (newchurches.com/giveaway) as well, to enter into a drawing to win free access to the course.