What support/role does the ABNWT District play in a Church Plant?

We believe church planting should flow from the local church.  In our experience this is the most effective method. The ABNWT District, will work with supporting to provide access  to vision, experience, mentoring, coaching, and seed money.  Our ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships is vital for long-term success.

How much money will be available for support through the ABNWT District?

The annual budget of the District includes an amount established specifically for financial support of church planting. The District will review and consider requests for funding a church plant and may approve a level of funding. If approved, the amount of funding varies – based on past decisions of the District, some funding has been approved in the form of a one-time lump sum amount (e.g. $X); other approved requests have provided one year of monthly support (e.g. $Y/month) to as much as overall financial support totaling $Z over 3 years ($A – year 1; $B – year 2; $C – year 3). The amount of funding approved by the District will vary. There are a number of factors that will be considered – for example, is there another partner involved with funding? What is the estimated amount of congregational financial commitment? What are the financial factors of the demographics of the church plant?

How are we identifying where churches should be planted? Are there specific targets?

We believe the leadership from our 130 existing churches will sense God’s Spirit birthing new expressions of faith by raising up and releasing next generation leaders. These leaders can plant hope, healing and love through new faith communities.  We have identified cities of 20,000 or more that presently have just one PAOC church as potential ‘hotspots’.

How can we see an increase in rural churches planted?

Population density plays a large role in determining where the majority of new plants take place. However, as the burden for planting the Gospel touches leaders, we believe that the Lord of the harvest will speak to many future planters to go to places that may get overlooked, due to the community population. Dependence on the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment is vital.

How will we embrace non-clergy led congregations?

What does ‘1’ (church plant) look like?

  • PLANT – New Church with a Separate Location.
  • MULTI-SITE / SATELLITE – One Church, Multiple Locations.
  • CAMPUS – One Campus, Multiple Churches.
  • HOUSE – Separate Leadership Team with Many Locations.

A Christ-centered gathering of people, with the support of leadership, meeting regularly for worship, caring, teaching, praying, and actively engaging in mission with the intention of continuing to meet for these purposes indefinitely.

Leaders from a variety of backgrounds will be considered, however, to be a lead pastor with the PAOC, one must have an active credential.

What does partnering look like in reality?

A partnering church is a relatively new concept in our ABNWT District for church planting.  We foresee partnering churches working together with other PAOC churches to plant new disciple making communities.  It’s about sharing a vision with another assembly in reaching the shared or neighboring communities in which they minister to.

Examples:

  • Perhaps two rural churches, carrying a similar vision for a neighbouring community, aren’t able to plant on their own given their current situation. Those two churches could then work together by sharing resources and responsibilities for the new church plant.
  • Or perhaps in an urban area, one church has a planter, and another church is able to send people to help the planter.

Being a Partnering church is a more direct connection to planting, having a shared responsibility with one or more churches.

What does providing look like in reality?

A partnering church is a relatively new concept in our ABNWT District for church planting.  We foresee partnering churches working together with other PAOC churches to plant new disciple making communities.  It’s about sharing a vision with another assembly in reaching the shared or neighboring communities in which they minister to.

Being a providing church is the level of involvement in our CP2020 vision that has the most options for engagement.  It could include providing varying levels financial support to a local church plant or to the district.  It could also include providing practical resources that a church plant may need (eg. extra chairs, sound, lights, curriculum, etc.). We want every church to be connected to the CP2020 vision in some way, and being a providing church offers the broadest opportunity for participation.

Examples:

  • Perhaps two rural churches, carrying a similar vision for a neighbouring community, aren’t able to plant on their own given their current situation. Those two churches could then work together by sharing resources and responsibilities for the new church plant.
  • Or perhaps in an urban area, one church has a planter, and another church is able to send people to help the planter.

Being a Partnering church is a more direct connection to planting, having a shared responsibility with one or more churches.

How is transfer growth avoided?

Transfer growth will never be totally eliminated in church world as long as people are able to choose where they want to attend.  Churches and their leadership teams will be encouraged to work together for ministry to shared communities by being clear in communication with each other.  They should work diligently towards building a culture of honor and trust through increased relationship. Leaders and churches must always understand that we are to build the Kingdom of God and not our own. Our goal is not transfer growth, but reaching new people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is reasonable distance in regards to a church plant?

By-law 12.16.1 of the PAOC General Constitution and Bylaws 2012 states:

“In areas where there is an established church or churches affiliated with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, those wishing to establish another or other churches shall obtain the consent of the District Superintendent, in consultation with the leaders of the existing church or churches affiliated with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, with the recommendation that the proximity of existing churches to newly established or relocating churches be kept to a reasonable distance, based on the density of population in urban areas and on demographics. Affiliation shall be deemed to have occurred when approved by official decision of a district executive.”

What is the difference between a plant and a re-plant/transplant?

We recognize that some churches have had seasons of fruitful ministry in a community, and may need a season of rest for any number of different reasons.  That season of rest will vary for each church but when it is done, a “replant” could happen in that location by reworking the purpose and vision with a fresh new approach to ministry in that community.  A “plant” would be a new church in a new location.

How are we governing church affiliation (House Church, Satellites, Campuses, etc) and how are they “set in order”?

The requirements and process for a church to be affiliated and for a church to be independently “set in order” is provided through the belief statements and governing documents used by the PAOC (i.e.: Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths, Local Church Constitution and General Constitution & By-Laws).  The District leadership will work with a local church leadership through this process as that step is desired and/or required.

Each Church plant will be unique in this need/desire and  in the time frame to be directly affiliated with the PAOC on their own.  Some plants will seek affiliation immediately as they will not have an existing PAOC Church planting them.  Others being planted by a mother assembly may take a period of time to be independently affiliated and may for a period of time remain under the covering of the “planting church”.  Some satellites or campuses may remain under the mother church for an indefinite period of time due to the makeup of the plant.

The plan and time frame for affiliation of a church that has been planted by another PAOC Church will require clear dialogue and discussion by “the mother and child” churches with the District leadership.

Where/How do cultural churches fit in to the 100? What type of support will they have?

There is no set number or percentage of the additional healthy churches that will be cultural/language in nature and/or practice.  We do know that with increasing new comers to Canada from other nations each year that many new churches that focus on New Canadians are being started, and further, many existing PAOC Churches are seeing increased numbers of newcomers to Canada attending their services.  Each month, the District receives requests from new ethnic churches (culture and language) desiring to be part of the PAOC family.  Each one is met with personally to assist them with the necessary ministry credential process for the pastor and the required steps of affiliation for the Church.

For churches that focus on a defined culture other than Canadian or who use a primary language other than English for their church community, the District will provide necessary support for helping the Church leadership develop for Canadian realities and for reaching their ethnic uniqueness.  The desire of District leadership is to provide an environment for connection of Churches that are like-minded in their approach to ethnicity.

"Calling forth PAOC leaders to create a Spirit-led, courageous, healthy church movement."