Church planting is about extending our reach to the next town, city or neighbourhood, with a desire to see more of our friends, family, neighbours and co-workers connected with the life changing message of Jesus. It's not because we think we're better than anyone else or any other church, it's simply because we want to play our part in reaching those who have yet to encounter Him.
We believe that healthy churches grow and reproduce, and we see this same pattern in the New Testament, where the people from one church go to a neighbouring town or city and start another church.
When you trace the expansion of Christianity throughout the book of Acts from Jerusalem to Judea to Samaria and to the ends of the earth, you see that it was church planters who led the way. They didn't just do missionary outreach, they left something behind, they planted churches. We want to follow that pattern; helping people in every community become apprentices of Jesus.
Further to this, studies have consistently shown that planting new churches is by far the most effective means of reaching unchurched people with the Gospel. Statistically, new churches best reach new generations, new residents and new people groups.
In order to plant a healthy Vineyard church, the planter must first have been a part of one. So much of what we learn is caught as well as taught. In order to multiply healthy churches the values and DNA of the Vineyard need to be experienced in a local church where planters can and will be immersed in the methods, values and relationships that make us “Vineyard.” This is the best place for a church planter to learn about who the Vineyard is and grow in his or her leadership potential.
Study and embrace our statement of faith and get to know our vision and values. We embrace a theology which is deeply-rooted in Jesus’ proclamation and demonstration of the kingdom of God. Our statement of faith is an important building block in understanding who we are as the Vineyard. In the local church setting, the planter should gain the ability to discuss this thoroughly and become comfortable demonstrating it, as they both study it and interact with others.
Chat to your Senior Pastor and complete the 12 discernment questions. As a planter both you and your Senior Pastor will be asked to discuss a list of 12 questions about your experience and suitability to plant (based on the Hub assessment grid). We will ask your Senior Pastor for a recommendation to proceed with the church planting process. We will also ask you to fill in an application.
Book a 15 minute phone call with the Multiply team. We would love to chat with you and support you as you discern your next steps. Book a call!
Training is vital to a church planter’s health and success. We value knowledge and preparation and encourage potential church planters to seek out guidance and training from both the local church and Multiply Regional Coordinator.
In order to see more churches planted, we want to cultivate a church environments that acts as a catalyst for potential planters to be identified, trained and released to plant even more churches. Our Church Planting Residency Programme invites those who sense a call to church planting or pioneering leadership to join us for a period of 24 months, for an intense season of preparation and training. This will help potential planters become immersed in the life and leadership of a local church, giving them ministry experience and the support needed as they prepare to launch a new church,