Discover and Discern the Call to Church Planting
The first step is to meet with a GOBA staff member who will want to get to know you so that he can help you to develop a customized church planting strategy for your context. In this initial meeting, you will discuss:
Your call to ministry and church planting:
You will talk about your spiritual journey: how you came to faith in Christ; how you have lived your life as a Christ-follower; your call to ministry; your call to church planting; your participation in a local church; your vision for a new church and what you need to get there.
Church planting is a difficult journey and no one should go it alone. Southern Baptists are followers of Christ who are living missionally together, sharing a common doctrine and a common mission. We work together to accomplish more together. Are you willing to receive and give support so that we can be more effective together?
The Baptist Faith and Message
You will be asked to affirm or give your opinion of the Baptist Faith and Message, which is our common doctrine. The introduction to the Baptist Faith and Message states:
Baptists cherish and defend religious liberty, and deny the right of any secular or religious authority to impose a confession of faith upon a church or body of churches. We honor the principles of soul competency and the priesthood of believers, affirming together both our liberty in Christ and our accountability to each other under the Word of God.
Baptist churches, associations, and general bodies have adopted confessions of faith as a witness to the world, and as instruments of doctrinal accountability. We are not embarrassed to state before the world that these are doctrines we hold precious and as essential to the Baptist tradition of faith and practice.
During your orientation meeting, you will be asked about your expectations of cooperative church planting through GOBA, Florida Baptist Convention and Southern Baptist Convention. You may have unexpressed expectations of your church planting strategist, your coach, your sponsor or partner churches. This is a good time to begin to dialogue - write down what you expect of your mission partners and their expectations of you. This is the preparation of stage of developing a covenant that will serve as a guiding document for you and your mission partners.
Discover Church Planting:
Discover Church Planting is a class that helps prospective church planters understand and clarify their gifting, calling, and interest in church planting. They learn from field-tested church planters as they share their insights and lessons from church planting.
Each participant will learn, engage and interact with the following topics:
- Best Fit: My Calling and Wiring
- Living Sent: God’s Mission of Making Disciples
- Practical Tips: Nuts and Bolts of Starting a New Church
- Coaching 101: What Every Church Planter Needs
- Next Steps: Where do I go from here?
At the end of the class, they are counseled about the next steps they need to take to pursue church planting.
Church Planter Assessment:
Take the LifeWay online church planter assessment and send the results to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the church planting assessment process.