Photo by Erik M. Lunsford/The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.
Church planting seeks to establish Word & Sacrament ministry in a new community. There are many different models for church planting, most of which focus on understanding and meeting the needs of the community through outreach and mercy work. Church planting often involves an established parent church supporting a daughter church (the church plant) with the hope of that daughter church becoming a stand-along congregation. The practical steps for planting a new church differ by context (e.g., urban, suburban, rural, multi-ethnic), but there are many common elements for planting a church in any context.
The mission of church planting to serve a new community in Word & Sacrament ministry is the same for all church planting contexts. While planting a church does differ by context (e.g., urban, suburban, rural, multi-ethnic), the basic steps for church planting are common to most church plants. The Church Planting Guidebook is a step-by-step guidebook for all kinds of church planting that uses Witness, Mercy and Life Together as the framework to help organize and nurture a new congregation. The guidebook is supplemented by the Mission Field: USA online learning resource, which offers four 1-hour video and audio training modules for church planters.
- Planting Daughter Congregations
- Planting Urban Congregations
- Planting Multi-Ethnic Congregations
- Church Renewal (Revitalization)