South Florida Church Planting Alliance
Vision 2023 | Church Planting | Gospel Saturation
To see the number of committed Christ followers double means an intentional, strategic focus on Church Planting. Imagine if we worked together as churches across South Florida to collaboratively own the lostness of our region and set out to saturate every community and every people group with a gospel presence?
What could happen?
What if South Florida became known as the best place to live, work, and raise a family? How would individuals, marriages, families, schools, workplaces and communities be transformed?
We believe it’s possible to see a gospel awakening throughout South Florida that would radically change the culture of Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.
This kind of transformation would take a big Kingdom initiative involving dozens of churches working together to identify, develop, and resource leaders to help produce a vibrant and sustaining church planting movement.
God could use your church and dozens of other churches working together for a single cause — to see South Florida transformed by the power of the gospel for the glory of God.
We call it the South Florida Church Planting Alliance. Are you in?
Church Planter Forums
We often call our Church Planting Forums the “front door” to the church planting ecosystem in South Florida. Twice a year we gather church planters, network leaders, church planting pastors, and those exploring church planting for a time of leadership development, collective problem solving, soul care, Kingdom prayer, and vision for gospel saturation in the region. Each gathering focuses on connecting, collaborating and celebrating what God is doing through church multiplication in our region.
Church Planter Cohorts
Our Church Planter Cohorts serve as a “deeper dive” in establishing the opportunity to equip and encourage a church planters and planting candidates with a gospel framework for the region. These gatherings are held monthly during the academic year in two locations: Boca Raton and Central Dade County. The locations afford accessibility for leaders throughout South Florida to attend the one nearest them.
During these collective gatherings, we will be able to cast vision, equip, encourage, and network with potential church planters and leaders of church planting churches. This is our foundation for instilling the DNA and inviting leaders to be a part of the vision to plant churches in South Florida for the sake of the Gospel.
Church Planter Assessment
Assessment is foundational to selecting church planters for the region. The Church Planting Alliance will develop a broad assessment tool that will help determine if a leader is uniquely suited for the rigorous demands of church planting. We partner with Church Multiplication Ministries in their interactive 360º assessment instrument that helps evaluate the readiness of candidates for church planting.
Because church planters will be and should be linking up with a tribe/network/denomination we will encourage that further assessment takes place with and by the primary financial partners as a hope for good stewardship.
The Incubator is intensive training for church planters. Our desire is to have at least one training in each county, both in English and in Spanish. This training is a 1-2 year process and only church planters that have passed assessment can participate.
A residency is an immersive employment experience that allows entrepreneurial leaders who have been called to church planting to take their first steps toward doing so while under the oversight of a seasoned practitioner. It is a chance for young leaders to experience the kind of transformational community, faith, hope, and love they hope to replicate in another context.
Every church planter needs at coach, and a good one at that. Our desire is to ensure that every church planter in South Florida has access to a trained and qualified church planting coach.
Beyond coaching for fundraising and exposure to traditional funding sources, qualified candidates will have the opportunity to “pitch their project” to church leaders (Lead Pastors, Executive Pastors, Mission pastors) and local donors, who will collaborate together to fund church plants throughout South Florida. Each “Shark Tank” will be an annual meeting where churches and donors can hear from vetted church planters who are seeking to start a new church in South Florida.
Research + Data
South Florida is home to several cities that are among the most irreligious places in the United States. With a population of 6 million people, South Florida is the fourth largest urbanized area in the country, but the demographics and ethnographics of the different communities makes each one unique. As such, we hope to provide specific research and data that help church planters to identify specific triggers to belief unique to their particular community.
The Model In Action:
Let us tell you a story…
A few years ago Peter was on staff at a local church in South Florida and heard about an upcoming Church Planting Forum gathering and decided to visit. There he caught a deeper vision for Church Planting and felt moved to dig a little deeper. At the gathering he learned of the monthly Church Planter Cohorts and attended the next one. During his time at the Cohort he learned a new way to help the people in his currently ministry context apply the Gospel to their everyday lives. In fact, it got real for Peter when he realized that he was in great need of the Gospel, himself, because of his current relational struggles.
With tears in his eyes, he prayed with other ministry leaders at his table for God to help him see the depth and the beauty of the Cross more fully so that he could be more loving to those around him. He left that day with a commitment to return each month because it had personally helped him and professionally equipped him to help his people. He was really encouraged to see the hundreds of ministry leaders from the various expressions of the church gathering under the banner of the Gospel.
After attending the Cohort for a few months he started sensing a call to plant a church. Naturally he discussed church planting with the other church planters at the Cohort. Some of the others at the Cohort encouraged him to pursue assessment. Peter and his wife went for assessment with his local denomination and was approved. After coming home from that assessment he registered for the next Incubator.
During the Incubator, he was equipped in the 16 competencies that every church planter needs for fruitful church planting. Besides growing in his knowledge and skill as a church planter, one of his greatest takeaways from the Incubator was the friendships he and his wife formed with the other 12 local church planters and wives.
Every time they gathered they coached each other through the challenges of church planting and life issues — remembering the lessons learned in the Gospel Collective so that they could preach the Gospel to each other in a way that practically applied to their life.
During his training, he had gathered a core group and was preparing for his big launch. He had trained his team in Gospel DNA and had already started applying everything he had learned during the Incubator, but there were still some challenges in front of him and he heard during his time at the Collective that there were coaches available to him. After reaching out to get more information, he signed up to receive one of the qualified and trained coaches available to him here in South Florida.
Carl had already been coaching church planters for three years and he was excited to meet Peter and learn more about his journey. Carl and Peter entered into a coaching relationship for the next year so that Carl could help Peter get through he launch and into this first year post-launch. Carl was a church planter himself who participated in the Gospel Collective and in the Incubator.
During the first year of Peter’s church launch, Carl coached him through each challenge and issue. By the end of the first year, Peter felt confident — as did his core group — that they were on the right track and had already begun to see changed lives in the neighborhood they were reaching.
One of the ministries that Peter quickly implemented was ALPHA, so that they could reach those that were skeptical of Christianity. Their first run of ALHA saw 3 people give their hearts to Jesus and 10 new families begin attending the church.
As part of their service project each quarter Peter’s church adopted the local Elementary school. Because of this their reputation for being a city-positive organization began to grow and Peter even had a couple opportunities to share Christ with the principal of the school.
As you can imagine, after those few years of preparing and planting the church, Peter and his wife were a little tired. They wondered if they had the energy to continue running at this pace long-term. Thankfully, his coach, Carl, told him about an opportunity to be a part of a soul care group that would help him maintain the journey for the long run. Peter was super excited and signed up right away.
During his soul care process he found new energy to continue growing the church plant they had started. New people kept coming to his church, and in fact he was surprised to be getting so many professionals. He wanted to help the professionals in his church live on mission at home and at work. Soon thereafter, he learned about a way to equip his people so that they could connect their work with their faith.
After about five years of faithful church planting, Peter knew it was time to raise up leaders to plant more churches. He met a leader named Jason in his congregation with a calling for church planting, so he invited him to attend a Church Planting Forum…
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