Church Planting & Development

David Strahan

David Strahan

Missions and Men's Director

Healthy Churches planting Healthy Churches

The Alabama District is looking for churches and individuals who want to plant churches across our state. We have several target communities that we are praying for church planters to locate in. However, we are also looking to invest in new communities where church planters who are sensing a call. Please select the New Church Plant Packet below under Related Files to find out more about our process, expectations, and covenant. This should answer many of your questions.

We have a CP&D Board consisting of our District Missions Director, District Superintendent, District Assistant Superintendent, District Secretary/Treasurer, Assistant District Missions Director, and a pastor from each of our five regions. They meet quarterly to approve potential church plants and view funding requests.

Our five-fold strategy is:
 1. PLANT: Establish new traditional church plants.
 2. PAC: Partner with Healthy churches to plant Parent Affiliated Churches (PACs).
 3. ETHNIC: Work to plant new churches among our growing ethnic populations.
 4. REHABILITATE: Partner with the District to rehabilitate closed properties and plant in those locations.
 5. REVITALIZE: Partner with the District to revitalize severely declining churches that are on the verge of closing.

 

Link to Alabama Church Planting Videos on Vimeo:  

Legacy Church Plant, Gadsden, AL: Legacy Church, Pastor Chad Owens

Vincent Revival Center, Revive Church, Talladega, ALRevive Church, Pastor Jason Allums & Pastor Matt Everhart

Life Community Church, Northport, AL: Life Community Church, Pastor Shane Jones

Testimony from Safe Harbor Outreach Center, Prattville, ALSafe Harbor Outreach Center, Pastor Greg Melvin

 

Link to CMN Essentials Bootcamp:  http://churchmultiplication.net/#/equip/cmn-bootcamp

Link to Parent Affiliated Churches Resources: http://churchmultiplication.net/pac-info/

Here are some links for you to consider:

By planters for planters
www.churchplanting.com (Steve Sjogren)
www.newchurches.com (Ed Stetzer)
www.coachnet.org (Bob Logan)
www.nextinitiative.net (Ron Sylvia)
www.churchleaderinsights.com (Nelson Searcy)

Planting organizations and denominational sites
www.churchplantingvillage.com (North American Missions Board – SBC)
www.dcpi.org (Dynamic Church Planting International)
www.churchplantingresources.com (Church Planting Resources)
www.cmaresources.org (Church Multiplication Associates - Neil Cole)
www.acts29network.org (Acts 29 Network)

Demographics and Statistics
www.theamericanchurch.org
http://www.factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/aff2.html
www.census.gov
www.localcensus.com
www.thearda.com
www.socialexplorer.com
www.barna.org
www.ethnicharvest.org
www.perceptgroup.com
www.cityinsight.org

Metrics
www.churchmetrics.com
10 Metrics to Evaluate from Church Community Builder

One-Stop Link Sites
www.church-planting.net (Passion for Planting)
www.mislinks.org/church/chplant.htm (MisLinks - Church Planting)

Leadership and Church Growth
www.catalystspace.com
www.crmleaders.org
www.churchcentral.com
www.innovatechurch.us
www.churchleaderinsights.com
churchrelevance.com
www.leadnet.org
www.planningcenteronline.com

Vendors - Marketing
www.churchplants.com
www.churchmarketingsucks.com
www.missionalmarketing.com
www.breakthroughchurch.com
www.mailchimp.com
www.theaspiregroup.org

Vendors - Web Development
www.robisoncreative.com
www.theinternetprofessional.com
www.cloversites.com
www.advancedministry.com
www.siteorganic.com

Vendors - Portable cases and equipment
www.portablechurch.com

Vendors - Pipe and Drape
www.rosebrand.com

Vendors - Projectors
www.projectorpeople.com

Vendors - Audio
www.sweetwater.com

Vendors - Media/Video/Graphic Art
www.sermonspice.com
www.bluefishtv.com
www.worshiphousemedia.com
www.gracewaymedia.com
www.ignitermedia.com
www.wingclips.com (free)
www.graphicriver.net
www.themeforest.net
www.videohive.net
www.flashden.net
www.audiojungle.net
www.creativecow.com (editing ideas, tutorials, etc.)
www.bhphotovideo.com
www.fullcompass.com
www.prezi.com (a new type of presentation - like next generation PowerPoint)
www.flickr.com/groups/cfcc (a beta site for sharing church-related graphics)
www.creativemyk.com (free downloadable graphics)
www.tooble.tv (download videos and convert them for use on your computer or IPhone)

Vendors - Worship
www.ccli.com

Vendors - Printing
www.clubflyers.com
www.godfreygroup.com
www.paradigmcreative.com
www.halfpricebanners.com
www.axisflyers.com
wwwgotprint.net
www.piranhagraphics.com

https://www.companyfolders.com


Vendors - Creative Design
www.robisoncreative.com
www.matchstickmedia.net
www.4imprint.com
www.paperdirect.com
www.istockphoto.com (photo source)
www.canstockphoto.com (photo source)
www.dreamstime.com (photo source)
www.acidfonts.com (free fonts)
www.jensencreativemedia.com

Vendors - Direct Mailing and Phone Campaigns
www.tellstart.com (telephone canvassing)
www.infousa.com (mailing lists)

Financial
http://ag.org/top/Church_Financial_Matters/index.cfm
http://www.freechurchaccounting.com/index.html
http://www.churchlawandtax.com
www.crown.org
www.daveramsey.com/fpu/home/
www.sba.gov
www.steepleaccounting.com
www.eahelp.com (for virtual executive assistants)
www.milesadvisorygroup.com (for virtual bookkeepers)
www.ministryworks.com (inexpensive payroll service through Brotherhood Mutual)

http://www.tonycooke.org/articles-by-others/successful_finances/


Legal
http://www.brotherhoodmutual.com/index.cfm/resources/
http://www.ag.org/top/legal_matters/
http://www.churchlawandtax.com
http://www.bwwlaw.com/kycooc/news/qna.htm
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf (IRS guide for churches)

Children's Ministry
Check out the OMN4Kids on Pinterest for 100s of children's ministry curriculum and resource links and ideas!

Youth
www.theyouthleaderscoach.com
www.youthministry.com
www.thesource4ym.com
www.simplyyouthministry.com
www.youthspecialities.com
www.egadideas.com (games)
www.pastor2youth.com

Other
www.yousendit.com (free resource for sending large files)
www.wetransfer.com (free resource for sending large files)
www.loopnet.com (searching for lease space)
www.churchlawtoday.com/newmin.php (12 most important legal and tax issues of ministers)
www.churchsys.com (a cost-effective, web-based, church management system)
www.doodle.com (freely and easily schedule meetings taking into account everyone's schedule)
http://www.ccmag.com/cms/index.php?chartid=1 (comparison chart of various church management softwares)
https://www.usps.com/business/every-door-direct-mail.htm (post office service that allows you to direct your mail to specific neighborhoods within a zip code)