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#1 — The Missional NeedWhy this Mountain?
Sees and Feels The Missional Need – Why Ascend the Hill
Jesus gave us a mandate to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:16-20). When Jesus saw the helpless and harassed crowds—like sheep without a shepherd—He was moved with compassion and He instructed the disciples to cry out to God for more workers for the harvest (Matt. 9:35-38). New churches draw new converts. New churches can proactively address the socio-economic nuances in our cities by strategically positioning ministries poised to serve the changing community in fresh and effective ways.
#2 — The GospelThe Only Way to Climb!
Our salvation starts with the gospel, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The ascent to multiply a church must also begin with the gospel’s message that Jesus Christ, the righteous One, died for sinful people, rose again and is eternally triumphant over death, and Hell, and sin so that there is no condemnation to those who believe by faith.
#3 — Answering the Call of SpiritGive Me That Mountain!
Everyone is called... Some to plant, etc...
Experiences The Call
The Spirit calls harvest workers and the church affirms this through prayer and discernment (Acts 13:1-2). Church planting is not an easy journey; it is an uphill climb filled with lots of obstacles. God is a sending God. He sends church planters into the world to seek and to save the lost. The church planter must dedicate the entirety of their lives to this call, giving up all their time, energies, and interests for the good of those whom the Holy Spirit appoints as an overseer in this entrepreneurial endeavor. The mandate as a church is for us to pray for workers, prepare workers, send workers, and fund workers for the Lord’s harvest.
#4 — PartnershipDon’t Climb Alone
Enters into The Partnership
No church planter should enter into a venture to plant a church without a covenant partnership with an organization. C2C network walks with the planting couple all along the way. No one walks alone. This starts with discernment interviews . Is the Holy Spirit setting them aside for this task? It includes a formal, three-day assessment utilizing many tools, measurements, and data to measure their readiness to plant. Those who are recommended, enter into an apprenticeship as they prepare to plant in the city where God is calling them. They receive gospel coaching as they prepare to launch their new church. The coach continues with them for years by asking tough questions and helping them to lead and pastor their young church. C2C also assists with the needed funds and by assembling a task force — a temporary leadership team.
#5A — Preparations & QualificationsNot for the Faint-Hearted
Commits to The Preparation: Why would you want to do this - are you crazy?!
Hazards & Warning
Climb with a team
Don’t trust in horses... scale a wall
Even if a planter has the adequate seminary education, they are not necessarily prepared to plant a church. Preparation includes experience in the local church, a yearlong apprenticeship and a learning community with other planters. We offer church planter training through Incubator, a two-year equipping community that can be done while they plant. We also have an accredited MDiv that can be accomplished completely onsite in the context of a local church. The preparation includes being identified by a local church or denomination as a qualified elder.
#5B — Panel DiscussionPreparations & Qualifications
#6A — Power of Word and SpiritStrapping on the Boots & Oxygen Tanks!
Aligns with The Power of Word and Spirit
When we think of capable planters, we can become enamored or intimidated by their charisma, their intellect, and their communication skills. The kind of planters that we desire, however, are those dependent upon the power of the Word and the Spirit. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).
Word: we are committed to the absolute authority and accuracy of Scripture, even where it flies in the face of ecclesial tradition, contemporary culture, or intellectual fashion. But we are committed to experiencing the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, eagerly desiring spiritual gifts, and accessing the ministry of the Holy Spirit to regenerate the church today.
The Scripture is plain that that the word alone is not enough to enter and change the heart of natural man (who is hostile to God's word) but that the heart must be opened and the mind illumined by the simultaneous work of the Spirit. "For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction..." (1 Thes. 1:4-5).
#6B — Responding to the SpiritReady to Climb
The Ascent to Multiplication
It is our great joy and calling as the C2C network, to climb the steep trail alongside planters and their families to pursue the planting of a gospel-centered, Spirit-led, mission-focused church.
Invitation to partnership, commissioning, ministry time, etc.