Plant Course (subtitled)

The Plant Course is about the why, what and how of starting a new worshipping community.  The Plant Course is for those who are doing something in a new place, with new people in a new way.

It is for leaders and core team members who are planning to plant in the next 6-9 months, who have approval from their relevant denominational authority, the backing of their sending church or organisation, an intended launch date and location

In this self-guided version of the course you will work through 11 modules, each focussing on different aspects of church planting.

The Plant Course can also be done as a live facilitated course.  Find out more

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1 Are you Ready to Plant?

1
Plant Course Invitation (subtitled)
02:00

An invitation to do the Plant Course

2
Who is the Plant Course for?
10:00

Are you ready to complete the Plant Course and is the best time for you to do it?

3
How to do the Plant Course?
10:00

An overview of the Plant Course and the scetions within it

4
Checklist – Are you Ready to Plant?
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

2 Introduction to Church Planting

1
Introduction to Church Planting (subtitled)
30:00

There is no right way to plant a church. We can look back at how it’s been done in the past. We can look around today and see who’s doing what, but you still need to work out what God has uniquely called you to do.

2
What does your Quadrant look like?
30:00

How ready are you to plant? Do you have authority, a team, a place and some resources?

3
Leading Change (subtitled)
10:00 + 08:00

Leading Change will help you understand more about the resistance you will encounter during change and help you develop plans that include the six "change drivers" that help churches lead through change.

4
What is an Elevator Pitch?
20:00

Throughout the Plant Course, you will be using elevator pitches to develop your thoughts and ideas.

5
Elevator Pitch – Why Church Planting?
10:00

Your minister asks you to explain at the youth service in your church what church planting is. You have 40 seconds to tell them.

6
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

7
Checklist – Introduction to Church Planting
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

3 Praying for your Plant

1
Praying for your Plant (subtitled)
20:00 + 25:00

Prayer sits at the heart of any church plant

2
Building a Prayer Strategy
30:00

Work with your team to build your prayer strategy.

3
Elevator Pitch – Asking for Prayer
10:00

You have been invited to a prayer meeting and asked to give two prayer requests for your plant so that others can pray for you. You have one minute to tell them about your plant and what two things you would like them to pray for.

4
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

5
Checklist – Praying for your Plant
30:00

Take this self-evaluation before you continue with the Plant Course.

4 Map your Plant

1
The Basic Tools (subtitled)
30:00 + 30:00

Church planting, like life, isn’t a straight line from where you are now to your vision. Values will determine your vision and what you do and don’t do.

2
Elevator Pitch – Share your Vision
10:00

You meet a friend (from a previous church) and they ask you about the vision you have for your plant. You have 30 seconds to say your pitch in a clear, inspirational, memorable way.

3
One Size Doesn’t Fit All (subtitled)
25:00 + 30:00

Understanding your context will have direct impact on your planting plans.

4
The Leaders’ Map
5
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

6
Checklist – Map your Plant
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

5 Build your Team

1
Elevator Pitch – Joining the Team
10:00

You meet with a local Christian who has contacted you about your plant. They are currently attending a local church. You have one minute to tell them your vision and ask some questions.




2
Building your Dream Team (subtitled)
30:00 + 30:00

Building a team is key to the journey of any plant. Look at the roles you might consider in your team plus how to recruit, select, develop and motivate them.

3
Planter and Plantee Ongoing Relationship
30:00

The Dimensions image is to help guide a facilitated conversation between a sending church leader and a church plant leader.

4
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

5
Checklist – Build your Team
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

6 Next Steps

1
Networking (subtitled)
13:00 + 30:00

Understanding and working with stakeholders who have influence over your plans is a vital step in your planting journey.

2
Elevator Pitch – Becoming a Christian
10:00

A mum from the local estate walks into your church for the first time. She doesn’t know anything about church and hasn’t been to church before. She tells you that she wants to become a Christian. You have two minutes. What would you do?

3
Navigating (subtitled)
17:00 + 30:00

What are the questions to ask as you plan your timeline and what you will do at each stage.

4
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

5
Checklist – Next Steps
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

7 Growing your Plant

1
It’s All About Growth (subtitled)
20:00 + 30:00

Evangelisation is a key element to any church planting strategy. The Great Commission, recent research about evangelism in the UK church, and some practical considerations will help you in putting together a workable and effective evangelistic strategy in your own context.

2
Becoming Family (subtitled)
3
Elevator Pitch – Walking past the Church
10:00

You are opening the doors of your location or building for a Sunday gathering. A young parent, with children, walks past and asks you what goes on in the place you are opening. You have 30 seconds to tell her about the community.

4
Transitions (subtitled)
25:00 + 30:00

Cultural differences between churches of different sizes are greater than those between similar sized churches of different denominations. Leaders need to change their leadership style, governance, operating model, church culture, areas of expertise, leadership team and involvement in the church in order to transition between different sizes.

5
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

6
Checklist – Growing your Plant
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

8 Are you Listening?

1
Listening First (subtitled)
30:00 + 30:00

Re-discover the roots of why we are involved in church planting and understanding contextual movements and multiplication approaches. Look at basic missiology and ways of understanding our context, drawing on the work of Fresh Expressions, Missional Communities and Disciple-Making Movement Pioneers.

2
Elevator Pitch – Talking to a Local
10:00

You are paying for your shopping at the local supermarket. The cashier asks whether you are involved in that ‘new thing’ that is going on ‘up the road’. You have one minute, the time it takes to process and pay for your shopping to tell them about the ‘new thing’.

3
What is Mission? (subtitled)
25:00 + 30:00

This session looks at how the church is of, not just with, or for the poor, how the church can respond to practical, tangible needs and how the church can challenge structural injustice.

4
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

5
Checklist – Are you Listening?
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

9 How to Plant and Survive

1
Elevator Pitch – What’s your Passion?
10:00

Why are you involved in this church plant? Whatever role you have within the team, you have chosen to join in with what God is doing. Why? What is your passion for this? Why is this your heartbeat? Share with the rest of the team in two minutes what is driving you in the decision to be part of this plant journey.

2
About Yourself
30:00

Personality tools help us to understand ourselves a little more.

3
What’s in your Wake? (subtitled)
22:00 + 20:00

Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leader as we learn to check our own internal systems.

4
True Self or False Self? (subtitled)
30:00 + 20:00

Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leader looking at the theory of true self and false self and how this applies to your planting journey.

5
Managing Conflict (subtitled)
26:00 + 20:00

Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and how conflict will be part of any planting journey.

6
How to Survive (and Thrive) with your Family
15:00 + 05:00

Caring for you and your family as you plant.

7
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

8
Checklist – How to Plant and Survive
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

10 Resourcing your Plant

1
Doing the Maths (subtitled)
25:00 + 30:00

All plants have some finance and budgeting to manage as they launch and grow.

2
Review Exercise – Budget Template
3
The Reluctant Fundraiser (subtitled)
4
Elevator Pitch – Asking for Money
10:00

You have an opportunity to speak at a service at your sending church about your church plant. You have been specifically asked to explain what financial help you need. You have two minutes to tell the congregation your vision and a financial request.

5
Getting the Message Out (subtitled)
15:00 + 30:00

Throughout the life of a church plant, communication is key. Explore the communication cycle, communication plans and different media streams.

6
Safeguarding
30:00

Questions to ask your Safeguarding Officer

7
Making Changes to Church Buildings
15:00

What can and can't be done to a church building.

8
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

9
Checklist – Resourcing your Plant
30:00

Complete this self-evaluation before moving on to the next section of the Plant Course.

11 Working with Partners

1
Elevator Pitch – Ask the Bishop
10:00

You have an opportunity to meet with your bishop (or equivalent). You have asked them to speak at your launch event. They have agreed and you are meeting to discuss what points you would like them to make. You have one minute to tell them your vision and the three key points you would like them to express.

2
Playing Well (subtitled)
20:00 + 25:00

How to flourish through engaging well with the local clergy and senior clergy in your diocese along with your central diocesan teams (or equivalent).

3
Your Presentation
60:00

Your opportunity as a plant team to gather a panel and present your planting plans

4
Other Resources
05:00

There are many amazing resources about church planting. Look here for details.

5
Finish Well
05:00

Complete the Plant Course

6
Checklist – Working with Partners
30:00

You have completed the Plant Course

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Enrolled: 8 students
Duration: 20 hours
Lectures: 66
Video: 10 hours

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