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Alex Dye preaches about Sent conference and sharing the good news of ChristSent ConferenceAudiohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/church-vitality/church-planting/Alex-Dye-preaches-about-Sent-conference-and-sharing-the-good-news-of-ChristAlex Dye preaches about Sent conference and sharing the good news of ChristSermon by Alex Dye
Church planters encouraged to use a variety of expressions in sharing God’s good news in ChristSent 2019https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Church-planters-encouraged-to-use-a-variety-of-expressions-in-sharing-God’s-good-news-in-ChristChurch planters encouraged to use a variety of expressions in sharing God’s good news in Christby Laurie Oswald Robinson
Sent conference emboldens church planters to heed and hold on to their holy callingNewshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Sent-conference-emboldens-church-planters-to-heed-and-hold-on-to-their-holy-callingSent conference emboldens church planters to heed and hold on to their holy callingby Laurie Oswald Robinson
The Mission of God and the Fullness of Faith: A Reflection on John 20:19-29Bloghttps://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/The-Mission-of-God-and-the-Fullness-of-Faith-A-Reflection-on-John-2019-29The Mission of God and the Fullness of Faith: A Reflection on John 20:19-29by Joe Sawatzky
Power of my powerSent 2019https://www.mennonitemission.net/blog/Power-of-my-powerPower of my powerby Joe Sawatzky
Meditation and inspiration at SENT 2019Sent 2019https://www.mennonitemission.net/news/Laughter,-tears-and-truth-telling-at-SENT-2019Meditation and inspiration at SENT 2019by Travis Duerksen
To care for the land is a missionary callingNewshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/news/To-care-for-the-land-is-a-missionary-callingTo care for the land is a missionary callingBy Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
10 texts that shape my view of missionDiscipleshiphttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/church-vitality/discipleship/10-texts10 texts that shape my view of missionBy Joe Sawatzky
Peace church planting webinar—Learn, pray, joinChurch plantingVideohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/church-vitality/church-planting/Peace-church-planting-webinarPeace church planting webinar—Learn, pray, join

 

 

Creating an Anabaptist church-planting culturehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/512/Creating an Anabaptist church-planting cultureCreating an Anabaptist church-planting cultureGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cMarch 2019
Working together for the cause of Christhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Extending Beyond/492/Working together for the cause of ChristWorking together for the cause of ChristGP0|#c82282c9-ac80-45f6-8913-587c567bdd34;L0|#0c82282c9-ac80-45f6-8913-587c567bdd34|Extending Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cDecember 2018
Sitting down while others stand uphttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/485/Sitting down while others stand upSitting down while others stand upGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cNovember 2018
Sentarse y que otros se pongan de piehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/486/Sentarse y que otros se pongan de pieSentarse y que otros se pongan de pieGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cNovember 2018
God's tablehttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/482/God's tableGod's tableGP0|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;L0|#06c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274|Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cOctober 2018
God's people in missionhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/471/God's people in missionGod's people in missionGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cApril 2018
Ministry—consistency and continuityhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Extending Beyond/425/Ministry—consistency and continuityMinistry—consistency and continuityGP0|#c82282c9-ac80-45f6-8913-587c567bdd34;L0|#0c82282c9-ac80-45f6-8913-587c567bdd34|Extending Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cMarch 2018
Paths of love through diversityhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/414/Paths of love through diversityPaths of love through diversityGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2018
Pasadizos de amor en medio de la adversidadhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/415/Pasadizos de amor en medio de la adversidadPasadizos de amor en medio de la adversidadGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2018
God’s word finds fertile soil in Burkina Fasohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/392/God’s word finds fertile soil in Burkina FasoGod’s word finds fertile soil in Burkina FasoGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cDecember 2017
La palabra de Dios encuentra tierra fértil en Burkina Fasohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/393/La palabra de Dios encuentra tierra fértil en Burkina FasoLa palabra de Dios encuentra tierra fértil en Burkina FasoGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cDecember 2017
Growing the church in the rural neighborhoodhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/397/Growing the church in the rural neighborhoodGrowing the church in the rural neighborhoodGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cDecember 2017
God's Countryhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/395/God's CountryGod's CountryGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cAugust 2017
Preparing local leaders for successhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/248/Preparing local leaders for successPreparing local leaders for successGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJanuary 2017
Harvesting peace in Burkina Fasohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/Faith in action/253/Harvesting peace in Burkina FasoHarvesting peace in Burkina FasoGP0|#af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844;L0|#0af594497-9c88-4adb-942c-d3e255a3c844|Faith in Action;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cAugust 2016
Common Witnesshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/190/Common WitnessCommon WitnessGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cApril 2016
What is Mission?https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Anabaptist Witness/41/What is Mission?What is Mission?GP0|#6eee4d48-4889-4bef-b498-d06130e0cc4f;L0|#06eee4d48-4889-4bef-b498-d06130e0cc4f|Anabaptist Witness;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cApril 2016
Mission Without Conquesthttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/45/Mission Without ConquestMission Without ConquestGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJuly 2015
Fully Engagedhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/32/Fully EngagedFully EngagedGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJanuary 2015
What is an Anabaptist Christian?https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/322/What is an Anabaptist Christian?What is an Anabaptist Christian?GP0|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;L0|#06c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274|Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2013
Congohttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/323/CongoCongoGP0|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;L0|#06c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274|Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cNovember 2012
New Anabaptist Voiceshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/5/New Anabaptist VoicesNew Anabaptist VoicesGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2012
Prophetic pursuithttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/beyond/326/Prophetic pursuitProphetic pursuitGP0|#6c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274;L0|#06c45e146-a54c-4766-8d77-e57ac1def274|Beyond;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2011
Caminos Olvidados https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/341/Caminos OlvidadosCaminos Olvidados GP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJuly 2009
No Purse, No Bag, No Sandalshttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/7/No Purse, No Bag, No SandalsNo Purse, No Bag, No SandalsGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJuly 2008
On Becoming a Missional Church in Japanhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/11/On Becoming a Missional Church in JapanOn Becoming a Missional Church in JapanGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cFebruary 2007
The Patagonia Storyhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/15/The Patagonia StoryThe Patagonia StoryGP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJuly 2005
Does Your Church "Smell" Like Mission? https://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/Missio Dei/22/Does Your Church "Smell" Like Mission?Does Your Church "Smell" Like Mission? GP0|#30b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba;L0|#030b075de-6fbe-433b-a4b5-3dce4a6f90ba|Missio Dei;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJune 2003
Images of the Church in Missionhttps://www.mennonitemission.net/resources/publications/books/196/Images of the Church in MissionImages of the Church in MissionGP0|#cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1;L0|#0cdb94074-2701-41d8-9ce6-d6f6dc460bb1|Books;GTSet|#bb9274b4-45fe-43f1-8b69-3df0b933cdb0;GPP|#a82c2124-212e-4f7a-b626-9a0c5a3534c2;GPP|#96e4d92c-656e-45f6-9cd5-ab8aed108e3cJune 1997

 Church planting tools

Assessments come in different shapes and sizes. There are some that involve a week of training and psychological testing, one-on-one interviews, group interactions and follow up meetings. Others are short and simple. The purpose, in either case, is to assist the potential church planter in clarifying a sense of calling and competency for the task.

Conference ministers, church planters and coaches helped develop these brief Shared Theological and Missiological Commitments for Church Planting in Mennonite Church USA which make the claim that God’s primary strategy for impacting our world is by birthing and nurturing Jesus-centered kingdom communities. Available in English and Spanish.

Mauricio often gets phone calls from individuals and area conferences asking for advice on how to start a church plant. There are no cookie-cutter answers. But, any church plant, no mater how simple or sophisticated the vision, will benefit from a formal written proposal. In the proposal the leader/group spells out clear goals and action plans. The proposal helps the potential planter communicate vision and get the attention of potential “sponsors”.

Mauricio has also created forms to help you create your proposal. The first is a series of questions in English and Spanish to help you shape your proposal. The second is a form that helps you spell out your “new church plan.” For funding opportunities, contact Mauricio Chenlo.

“Coaches help people develop their God-given potential so they can grow personally and make a valuable contribution to the Kingdom of God…coaching is the hands-on process of helping people succeed.” (Steve Ogne) Coaching is a relational and intentional process that empowers leaders to discover where God is working in their lives and ministries, through discerning opportunities and developing action steps to see God’s agenda become reality. For more on coaching, check out these links:

In 2009, Mauricio conducted a survey called “The Barnabas Report”, which offers information from area conferences involved in planting churches. The landscape of church planting changes constantly, so to access the latest data on new projects contact your area conference, or check out this list of New Church Plants in Mennonite Church USA in the past five years (partial listing).

Some area conferences have created their own guidelines for initiating/launching new groups. Other conferences resist the idea of having guidelines because they think regulation might inhibit the “organic/Spirit led” nature of church planting. Mennonite Church USA doesn’t have a template or protocol that regulates church planting activities. Mauricio offers three examples here, the first from Virginia Mennonite Conference and the second and third from Mauricio.

  1. Guidelines from Virginia Mennonite Conference
  2. Church Planting Guide for Fresh Initiatives
  3. Church Planting Best Practices

We offer this simple tool that is useful in assessing if your church or group is ready for multiculturalism. If you are interested in researching more on this theme, Mauricio recommends the following website: http://djchuang.com/multi/

Some think that the very notion of “strategic planning” goes against the spontaneity of a Spirit Led initiative. But, even in the book of Acts you find leaders like Paul and Barnabas making strategic plans on how to move forward with God’s mission. Mennonite Church USA encourages any group thinking seriously about church planting to consider strategic planning and building capacity as key tools. Strategic plans can include: a launch team; small groups; finances; name and logo; a meeting place; worship; preaching; spiritual formation.

How relevant is theological identity to the formation of new churches? Many non-Anabaptist groups are telling Anabaptists that our witness is quite relevant to the current trends of our culture. As Anabaptist-Mennonites we are committed to planting missional peace churches. Mennonite agencies provide a rich variety of resources. For example, check out the Missio Dei series produced by Mennonite Mission Network

In 2008 a group of area conferences from the Atlantic coast had their first retreat for church planters. As part of their efforts to grow in missional cooperation, eight conferences engaged with church planters and coaches in launching a coordinated effort to promote church planting in their region.

Missional leaders in southern Argentina form scouting teams to explore possible new sites for spontaneous/self-started, organic, non-institutional groups. They organize regional teams and send them to different regions–sometimes quite isolated places in Patagonia. We are starting to explore this concept among some leaders in Mennonite Church USA. Read the Patagonia Story and be in touch with Mauricio for up-to-date developments.

APEST is a framework for ministry based on Ephesians 4:1-16. Several current practitioners and theorists of church planting argue that much of the church’s lack of engagement and imagination related to missional entrepreneurship is due to the lack of apostles, prophets, and evangelists. Alan Hirsch, one of the leading theorists on Apostolic Imagination and Practice, argues that these types of leaders aren’t being formed in the church.