Planting Worship Systems
It=s easy to recognize that the focus will be on planting worship systems. Below are four statements by a church planting executive on a process that has been very successful for him. These statements clearly describe a church that is made up primarily of a worship system.
Statement #1: Develop a worship planning team. Worship is the most important thing that happens in the church ‑ that is where the most people attend, where forgiveness is found, where commitments are made. Transformational Worship should be so powerful that it almost doesn=t matter who the preacher is. Develop a worship team that does not depend entirely on the pastor. Through the year, invite influential leaders from across the state who will fill the church, and leave everyone with tears in their eyes.
#2: The new church planter is
encouraged in the first year to form twelve groups of twelve adults each, a
total of 144 adults, before launching public worship. After all, Jesus had
twelve in the original small group. The small groups actually end up being
somewhere between 8 to 15 in size. When the number of groups reaches 7 to 10
different groups, they become somewhat unmanageable unless the pastor has also
been working on leadership development within the small groups.
Emphasis in the original: How to Have 400 At Your Launch Worship, Adapted from materials prepared by Dr. Dick Freeman Ph.D., Director of Congregational Development, North Alabama Conference, http://www.sermonconnect.com/media/media/getmedia.php?id=20080316030334F5B78A&client_id=117615&type=Article.
NOTE (my response)
The quote is from Major League Disciple Making: An Overview of the Best Research on the Cell Church, an online course developed for the Institute for Discipleship at www.BeADisciple.com in 2009. Course materials, including these lectures, can be downloaded here: http://www.disciplewalk.com/IFD_MLD_Class_Links.html
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