Church planting FAQ
Our Church in Mission – adopted by General Convention of Synod, 2003
Renewal needs courage and imagination – full text of article from The Lutheran, April 2018
The parable of the surf school and the young surfer – presentation given by Nathan Hedt, General Pastors Conference, July 2018
Re-visioning evangelism in the LCA – article from the December 2018 edition of the Lutheran Theological Journal
New & Renewing Churches
What we do
We assist churches to begin, evaluate or progress their journey in church planting. We work with church leaders and pastors to build church planting capacity. We provide resources, training opportunities, conferences and a supportive network for church planters and missional communities. By so doing we aim to mobilise the whole church to participate in the work of seeing new believers come to Christ. The aim is to see mature churches that plant churches as the norm.
We work with local congregations and agencies of the church to help them assess opportunities for church planting and we provide mentorship for church leaders and pastors as they embark on this journey. We walk with missional communities and church planters as they establish new groups of believers. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach, and it is definitely not another program. We aim to help local congregations and agencies discern what the Spirit is saying to them as they seek to follow him into the world which he has already claimed as his own and in which he is already at work.
New and Renewing Churches exists to serve the kingdom of God by facilitating church planting and renewal. International research indicates that denominations need to plant new congregations at a rate of 3% per year, just to stay still. Our new goal is one of growth, not maintenance. We desire for a 5% growth in congregations and that equates to 23 new churches per year. Ambitious? Absolutely. But let’s not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit. Find out more about church planting in the LCA by going to the Frequently Asked Questions on the left side of this page.
New & Renewing Churches
Executive Officer – Local Mission
Dr Tania Nelson
Church Planting Mentor and Mission Facilitator
Pastor for New and Renewing Churches
Rev Dr Noel Due
New Church Catalyst – School Ministry
Rev Nathan Hedt
New Church Catalyst – Next Gen