In case you’re not aware, we have 10 1-day church planting intensives happening on 4 different continents this year (click HERE for a map and more info)! We’re so excited about the potential behind these, and so far, we’ve seen great turnouts for each one. Since I was at last weekend’s ReEngage in Aurora, CO, I thought I would give a quick recap…
In Aurora, ReEngage was held at and hosted by Calvary Chapel Aurora. Pastor Ed Taylor and his team were very gracious in setting up and providing breakfast, snacks, and lunch for the day. We kicked off at 9am with some worship, then I taught the first session.
SESSION 1: Kevin Miller – WHO Should Plant and WHY…
I spent the first half of my session discussion WHO should plant a church. Someone who is 1) called by God, 2) qualified for ministry, 3) supported by a network, and 4) not afraid to work. Each of those are key components to the call and work of a church planter, and those supporting a church plant.
The second half of my session was spent discussing WHY we should focus so much on church planting. Of course there are many reasons, but one of the main is that church planting is one of the most effective ways to preach the Gospel and impact a city.
SESSION 2: Ed Taylor – Calvary Chapel’s Philosophy of Ministry
Pastor Ed began by telling everyone there to “Open your Bibles to…anywhere. Anywhere you flip you will find Calvary’s philosophy of ministry.” His point was simple: we believe in the authority and value of Scripture, so Calvary Chapels, although they are distinct and personal, they are based on the principles found throughout Scripture. He covered 14 Calvary Chapel “distinctives” including having an emphasis on grace, verse-by-verse expositional teaching, the priority of prayer, the importance of unity, and much more. With 14 years of church planting experience, Ed spoke from personal experience as well as Biblical principle.
SESSION 3: Bruce Zachary – Mentoring Jesus’ Way
Pastor Bruce led the 3rd session by discussing a very practical way to train up and teach prospective church planters. Using the Church Planters Manual (download it for free HERE), he walked us through Jesus’ method of training men for ministry and how that works today. He even shared that after he spent 2 hours per week for a year with 9 guys, 6 of them went on to plant churches and the other 3 are now on staff with him at his church! That’s great statistics!
The intensive wrapped up with lunch and some Q&A with all three speakers.
Over all, the day was very successful, insightful, and encouraging to all who attended. We hope you’re able to attend one of our intensives this year, but even if you aren’t able, we would love to get in touch with you and know how we can support you! The best way to do that is to register HERE.