The Roadmap is a training framework and tool. It serves as a guide for designing training for missionaries and teams as they strive to establish reproducing churches. The Roadmap captures much of what we have learned about church planting and multiplication. The intent of the Roadmap is to break down into more detail the process of church planting (CP) so we’ll better know in what areas to equip workers.
The Roadmap is organized into five sections:
An introduction to the Roadmap – this page covers four major components of church planting: Evangelism, Discipleship, Nurturing communities of believers, and Multiplication. These four areas include many endeavors, such as outreach, discipleship, developing leaders, forming new communities, team development, nurturing churches, and multiplying everything we do. Though the four areas are presented in a specific order, we acknowledge that our engagement in the activity of CPM does not always happen sequentially, but rather simultaneously and organically. For example, while we focus on developing leaders, we do not neglect the missional idea of the church being sent into communities. Simultaneously we must focus on new converts, young disciples, sustaining mentors, etc. Church planting can get quite messy at times.
Suggestions for using the Roadmap
Each of the four components is fleshed out into three areas, listing competencies in attitudes, skills, and areas of knowledge. These three areas represent holistic personal development in our training efforts. One can also use these lists as an Assessment Tool to inform both training and individual growth plans. First choose the component(s) in which you are most focused in ministry. Then, read through the lists, asking: where do I (we) need to improve? What are strengths? Strengths also need development. You will want to prioritize what to work on and share your findings with others. Each church plant requires us to move forward on our knees, looking to God to put the pieces together. The Roadmap assumes this. It also affirms that teams are at different levels of experience and phases of ministry. As we contextualize a church planning effort, we’ll make it relevant for our local contexts. In many cases, it will be morphed and translated by each team to address local needs.