No one should plant a church alone! The challenges, struggles, ups and downs, the need for input and feedback, and the joys, all make networking with others that are doing similar ministry vital and necessary.
One of the essential elements for equipping church planters is LEAD Teams. A LEAD Team is a gathering of relationally and missionally committed leaders from a geographical region. Teams meet together regularly to build meaningful relationships, focus on spiritual growth, and work together to see mission accomplished through multiplying (planting) new churches. LEAD refers to the four key elements of the meetings:
- Learning: Members are committed to learning something related to ministry enhancement. For example, the team might agree to read a certain book and be prepared to discuss it when they gather together. Or they might study church planting principles and strategies together.
- Encouraging: Team members are personally encouraged in a number of ways. And there are times of fun, mutual coaching and intercessory prayer, so each member should go away feeling the encouragement of the body of Christ.
- Achieving: The team is about doing mission. Each team endeavors to plant new churches…identifying good locations, recruiting church planters, and matching the right planter to the right location. Meetings will involve team members reporting on assignments they’ve had, relative to their corporate mission.
- Dreaming: We’re about seeing God’s Kingdom advance, so time is allotted at each meeting to dream with God about the future. WHO might God be raising up to participate? WHERE might He be leading us to make a difference together? HOW might God be leading us to make a difference together?
Participating pastors/leaders challenge each other, learn together, and resource one another in a caring environment to stimulate the mobilization, health, and impact of each church involved in the team as they work to multiply churches in their region. Typically, teams meet about five times each year. Some meetings are corporate, with other L.E.A.D. Teams at IBC events. Other meetings can be in person, via Skype, WebEx or other means.
Every CATALYST church planter is connected with other planters and leaders through LEAD Teams. This means no one planter plants a church alone. The benefits of this include:
- meaningful relationships are built,
- spiritual health is enhanced,
- disciple-making churches are started!
Ready to plant a church with CATALYST?