Here's the strategy used in planting Gateway Christian Church in Walnut, California:
It takes ten universal elements says David Garrison.
After surveying church planting movements around the world, Garrison concluded that the same ten elements were present in every one of them.
The elements which Garrison listed in Church Planting Movements were:
In responding to Garrison's list, Doug Lucas says,
"Some of those are common sense. For example, healthy churches grow faster than unhealthy churches... Duh!
"But the truth is, we seldom think proactively about all ten items comprehensively. And maybe that's part of what helps a church to develop and grow -- thinking about doing it all right in concert so that all ten cylinders are hitting in stride at the right time!"
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"'O Lord, there is plenty of money, seemingly, for the great churches out in this part of the city. I would that Thou wouldst give me some money to make a place for the Church of the Nazarene.'
"Immediately, as though a voice from heaven, there were uttered in my very consciousness the words, 'I have given myself to you.'
"I said, 'Thank God, that is enough! I would rather have Thee than all else, and with Thee, we have all things.'"
— Phineas F. Bresee, a principal founder, Church of the Nazarene
-- Howard Culbertson,
Church Health and Growth course resources: Course home page Assimilation analysis Growth graph Leadership survey Programs survey Sample graph analysis Conversion age Devotional: Musings on a fast-food chain Exam study guides Identifying receptive people PowerPoint presentations used in class Why pastors resign? Course syllabus Testing contextualization Case study: When trust in a pastor erodes