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Preparing to Plant a Church While in Seminary

By New Churches Team

Are you a seminary student who is considering planting a church in the future? You know you want to gain more knowledge as you prepare for that, but you aren’t sure where to start. Here are five things you can do now to prepare to plant a church.

  1. The Normal Things

Take the normal classes that all seminary degrees require. Classes like Old Testament, New Testament, theology, and preaching are important and beneficial to your ministry.

  1. The Extras

Also take classes like missiology, ecclesiology, cross-cultural communication, and evangelism. If your school does not offer a course in evangelism, just get involved. Don’t isolate yourself from lost people for the time you are in seminary. Choose a church that is outside of the seminary community. How can you serve that church and the lost people in the community around it?

  1. Be Intentional

For almost every class you take, you will be required to write papers. Choose to write your papers on some aspect of church planting. For example, in an anthropology course you can write your paper on the community you want to plant in. If you are intentional with every course you can learn a lot about church planting without needing a specific course in the topic.

  1. Just Start 

Start a Bible study in your neighborhood. Get experience leading people and reaching out to a new community. Taking this step can help you discern if church planting is the right fit for you. 

  1. Take a Course 

Take the Essential Church Planting Course offered on NewChurches.com. This course includes 18 modules on topics such as developing an effective launch strategy, solving persistent struggles, and step-by-step advice on how to multiply your church. This is a helpful resource as you seek to be more effective on your journey.

Following these five suggestions and intentionally challenging yourself to reach out to the community around you will help you determine if church planting is right for you. If it is, these steps will put you on the path. 

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 29: Preparing to Plant a Church. Click hereto listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.




New Churches Team

NewChurches.com wants to help you build a strong foundation by connecting you with top experts in the field of church planting and multisite ministry, and by regularly providing you with the resources, information, and community you need to thrive as you multiply the mission of Matthew 28.


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