Every Church Plant should start with a detailed written proposal. Here is an outline for a good proposal.
Why start a New Church?
How has God called you to plant a church?
What is your vision for a new church?
Why another church in this community?
Why be a part of the sponsoring organization?
Who is the Ministry Focus Group?
Describe in detail the ministry focus group.
What are the felt needs of the people of the focus group?
Support with data — demographics.
Vividly describe the location of the target group.
What kind of a church are we going to plant?
State your core values.
State and expand your mission statement.
What will be the ministry style?
Tell how you will make mature disciples starting with the felt needs listed above.
How will you be a part of the sponsoring organization?
With whom will you plant this church?
Describe your ideal launch team — included gift mix.
What will be the profile of a ministry partner?
Define the specific roles you need to fill in order to launch.
List the team members you will need.
Describe how the sponsoring organization can best come along side of you.
How will you gather a group to be a church?
Describe how you will meet people.
Describe how you will gather people.
Describe how you will recruit people to the vision.
Define the critical success indicators at each step of the way.
Number of leaders.
Signs that the church is functioning as a church outside of worship service.
Number of small groups — etc.
Number of people in launch team.
Roles that must be filled.
When will the church go public?
What are the 5 to 8 critical success indicators that must be
fulfilled before the church goes public so that the church is really a
Months from conception to birth.
Develop a time line that included incremental steps for items in number 6.
How much will it cost?