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Church Planting Resources

Why Church Planting In Orlando?

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Gospel Saturation Strategy

More than 59 million people visited Orlando in 2013. Disney employs over 70,000 locals. UCF is the 2nd largest university in the nation with nearly 60,000 students. The Orlando metro is home to 2.1 million people and the Central Florida region is comprised of almost 4 million people. Over 200,000 local residents work in the hospitality industry. Only 14% of Florida's population is connected to a local church. 

GOBA is all about revitalizing existing churches, starting new churches and developing Christian leaders.  When we reach local people with the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them grow as disciples of Jesus, we have the opportunity to reach the world from right here at home.  You can help to support that effort by giving to GOBA through your church or individually through our secure online donation center. 

Church Planters: Start Here

Our vision is simple: to see Acts 19:10 become a reality for Central Florida resulting in the transformation of people and communities so that one day... Orlando will become known more for Jesus than Mickey.

We are partnering with churches to start more healthy, reproducing churches. GOBA church planting staff provides Assessment, Coaching, Training, and Support for new churches and their sponsors. New chuches are encouraged to build multiplication into their DNA from the start. GOBA encourages churches to work together to fulfill the vision of giving every person in Central Florida the opportunity to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. Churches that reproduce themselves in new ways that connect with un-reached people are needed to fulfill the vision.  Contact us to learn more.  

Free Church Planting Books

  • How to Embrace and Engage A People Group

    GOBA is partnering with the International Mission in training Christians in the process of discovering and engaging ethno-linguistic people groups in Florida. The first step is to attend the free Unreached People Groups Discovery and Engagement Workshop at First Orlando February 3-5, 2015.  Next, follow the Examine, Encounter, and Engage process at PeopleGroups.Info. Become a part of the online community and contribute your knowledge to the database.  Third, utilize the resou...

  • New Churches in South Florida

    At the 2012 GOBA annual meeting, Grace Fellowship in West Palm Beach was accepted into full membership of Greater Orlando Baptist Association. Grace Fellowship has been planting churches all over South Florida and around the world through their church planting center, The Timothy Initiative.  In this video clip, you can catch a glimpse of some of Grace Fellowship's South Florida church plants.

  • Multiplying Church Vision

    In this video clip from Spin-Off Churches, Dr. Clayton Cloer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Central Florida, shares his vision for starting new churches. 

  • How to Change the World

    Do you want to see your community, your city, or even your entire geographic region transformed by the power of God’s Word? What would it be like if every man, woman, and child in Central Florida had the opportunity hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ? How many of them would believe and become disciples of Christ?

  • Planting ChurchesThrough The Timothy Initiative

    The Timothy Initiative is the church planting center of Grace Fellowship in West Palm Beach, an SBC and GOBA member church. The goal of TTI is train people to start multiplying churches that reach their community.  Church planters go through a 12 month hands-on training process where they learn Biblical foundations, basic doctrine, preaching and teaching skills, disciple-making and church multiplication.

  • Orlando home to Florida Baptists’ first Japanese church plant

  • Missional Living in the Marketplace

    More and more followers of Christ are understanding that in today's context, full time Christian ministry happens best in the marketplace.  Answering God's call to full-time ministry does not necessarily mean leaving your job to go to seminary. If often means being Christ to your co-workers while you work at being the best employee you can be.

  • T4T - possible responses from trainees:

    Attendees - Attend church gatherings, but do not share their faith with others.  Witnesses - Share their faith, but do not start groups or churches.  Starters - Share their faith, start new groups and churches, but do not train their members to reproduce the process. Trainers - Share their faith, start new churches, and train their members to reproduce the process. In the best of situations, only about 20% of the people who have been trained become trainers of trainers.  Ying Kai ...

  • The Great Commission teaches all believers three things...

    Go not come - We must go where the lost people are. Share with everybody, not just some - Share Christ with everyone, because you never know who will believe. Make trainers, not simply church members - Train every believer to obey what he learns and pass it on (be a trainer).  Ying Kai from T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution

  • Every Disciple is a Trainer of Trainers

    Rick Warren interviews IMB Missionary, Yin Kai, regarding disciples who make disciples. Ying Kai is co-author of T4T A Discipleship Re-revolution. 

  • Church Planting Networks in North America

    The Role of Networks Networks are reshaping leaders and churches in North America. Driven by a quest for peer-to-peer learning opportunities, relationships, and mission partnerships, planters and pastors alike are seeking networking opportunities to enhance their capacity to lead their churches and fulfill their callings. A growing number of leaders are willing to invest time and money in order to interact with their peers under the guidance of an individual who brings immediate help or has the ...

  • Coaching for Church Planter Wives

    Coaching for New Church Ministry Wives "Breathe Life" is about recognizing that new church leadership is not something that happens in a vacuum. To begin a new work is to invest every aspect of the family dynamic into that endeavor. Often wives are left out of continuous coaching and training by churches and sending agencies.

  • Church Planting Center Apprenticeships

    download this document The Greater Orlando Baptist Association offers apprenticeships for leaders, who desire to live, develop, train, and participate directly in the context of planting and establishing churches within the GOBA Church Planting Center system. The following are the types of apprenticeships offered: · Summer / Semester Internship · 1 year apprenticeship · Church Planter in Residence · Church Planter Fellowship Lead Church Planter Sent from Sponsor Church - This is for churches tha...

  • Leadership Multiplication Via Peer Learning Groups

    download the full document Multiplying churches reproduce leaders on all levels.  GOBA provides leadership development opportunities for pastors, church staff and volunteer leaders. This is accomplished in groups of 10-15 participants growing together as leaders and leadership multipliers.

  • Characteristics of Multiplying Churches

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  • Determining Your Readiness For A Church Planting Center

    download this article In our research on church planting centers, multiplying churches, and multiplication in general two dominate themes emerged regarding those churches and institutions we examined: First, there was an overwhelming commitment to developing church planting leaders. It drove their work. It caused them to sacrifice.

  • Home Group Community Directory

    Do you lead a home fellowship or small group?  Are you looking to connect with others who do the same? Kingdom Unite is a new website that connects people looking for home groups with those who lead them.  Add your group or find a group at www.kingdomunite.net

  • PowerPoint: What is a Church Planting Center?

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  • Partners in Church Planting

    PICP is a guide for sponsor churches.  This resource helps churches to develop mile posts and action plans for three tracks of church planting sponsorship: Primary sponsors Clustering sponsors Supporting churches.  Download Partners in Church Planting

  • What is a Multiplying Church?

  • Determining Your Readiness for a Church Planting Center

    At the heart of church planting is a quest to reduce lostness in a given area or among a specific group of people. Therefore, churches who take on the task of developing leaders must be effective in the making of disciples. They need to have a proven track record of making disciples, multiplying small groups, identifying and developing small group leaders, and in church planting.

  • USA Today: Subdivisions go urban as housing market changes

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