God calls all of us to have a role in and be a part of global missions. We are participants in the bigger story, in God’s plan to bring redemption to all peoples. But where can you start? How can you join in?
How We Plant Churches
God has determined the exact time and place in which we live, work, and play for His glory (Acts 17:26). We steward our resources well and spread the gospel further when we build up healthy, gospel-centered churches. We multiply the kingdom by planting these churches, whose people can continue the good work of making God known and enjoyed in DFW and beyond.
But how do we do it? We train church planters through our Church Planting Program and send them out to reach the lost and start new churches.
We desire to see the gospel multiplied and seek to use the multi-site model as a strategy for church planting. Through Multiply, we plan to transition our remaining campuses into autonomous churches by 2022.
We team up with organizations like Acts 29, where Matt currently sits as president, to help plant churches that plant churches.
The Sending Program
Through our Sending Program, we equip and send you to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have different processes and development plans for missionaries and church planters, but for church planters, the program prepares men in both the theological “whys” and practical “how-tos” of church leadership before launching them into pastoral ministry and church planting.
Benefits of the Program
- Focused training on Acts 29’s 11 competencies of a church planter
- Investment from The Village elders, staff, and leaders into the life and ministry of the planter
- Opportunities to learn, grow, (fail) under the covering of The Village
- Freedom to cast vision, recruit, and fundraise from within The Village
- Commissioned and sent as an “elder in sending” from The Village to start your church
- Ongoing coaching, care, and relationship once church is planted
- Time and development opportunities from every department within The Village in developing your vision and makeup of your church (e.g.. Production, HR, Communications, Technology, Worship, etc.)
- Investment and care for the church planter’s wife and family
- Connection with Acts 29 leaders and training
- DNA to be a church-planting church to the ends of the earth
The program is specifically created for men who have a strong conviction and call to church planting in the next 2–3 years. They should have a known track record of serving, leading and giving within their local church, with demonstrated teaching skills and observable fruit in ministry, marriage, and family life. All Christians are in the process of sanctification, so qualifications must be read against the backdrop of God’s grace (i.e., the standard is maturity, not perfection). However, Scripture is clear that no man is qualified to lead a church unless he is:
- A mature Christian, not a new/young believer (1 Tim. 3:6)
- An exemplary, godly leader in his marriage and family (1 Tim. 3:4–5)
- Self-controlled and disciplined in his personal habits (1 Tim. 3:2–3)
- An exemplary steward of his financial resources (1 Tim. 3:3)
- A man of observable, proven godly character (Titus 1:8)
- Skilled in the study, teaching, and defense of God’s Word (Titus 1:9)
- Able to recognize and combat all types of false teaching (Titus 1:9)
- Courageous enough to confront sin and error (Titus 1:10–13)
A church planter will need to be in agreement with The Village’s basic beliefs and theological distinctives, as well as our primary desire to plant Acts 29-affiliated churches. Therefore, the church planter and his church plant must have foundational theological convictions in relation to Acts 29 theological distinctives.
Commitment & Cost
- The workload is estimated to be 35–40 hours per week. The majority consists of personal study and writing, cohort meetings, trainings, and hands-on ministry participation in the local church.
- Church planters will be responsible to raise their own support/living expenses from donors for the 18-month program. Training, coaching, and compensation for each church planter in relation to fundraising will be provided by Reliant based on need and current benchmarks (unless funding support is provided elsewhere).
- Church planters will need to commit to spending roughly 15–18 months as full-time staff at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, starting in August.
- January–July: Support raising
- August–December of the following year (15–18 months): Sending Program
- January: Move to target location and begin gathering a core group
- August/September: Launch of church plant
Potential church planters will complete an extensive application process, and all applicants will be thoroughly screened, assessed, and interviewed by the Director of Church Planting and supporting staff. To begin the process, please fill out an application. Applications may be submitted at any time. The interview process for the next round of church planters will begin in October of each year.
The program begins in August and will go through December of the following year. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Powell.
When Stephen and Allison Gordon were asked to move to Rancho Cucamonga, California, to help plant Story Church, they were initially hesitant. Leaving behind the security they had enjoyed in Texas would not be easy, but the Lord’s call on their lives was clear. They are committed to seeing the gospel go forth in Southern California.
You have a role in church planting and you are called to be a part of it. How will you join in God’s story?
Go through the Sending Program and be sent as a missionary or church planter.