In our VUSA Church Planting work, our primary desire is to relationally connect to at least one leader who has a desire to reach the lost in their region.
At VUSA we are using a pathway to help break down what may be viewed as an impossible task into much smaller ‘next steps’ for moving all this ahead. Our pathway has twelve specific steps in it and is shown below.
I desire to highlight in the next three blogs what this is all about. In this blog, let’s look at the Saturation Goals we have; then the twelve specific steps – the first six move us to a new church; the second six move the new church to further establishment as a church and helps with her regional engagement with other regional churches. All regional engagement begins with one new church starting. Getting the first new church start is the hard work!
As you can see below, our saturation goals are:
1. Adopting a gospel saturation prayer focus.
In order to do this, explore these next steps:
- To what level do you understand GSE? (Gatherer/shepherd/elder)
- What is a clear next step you can take to begin understanding GSE more in your context?
- Who do I personally know that will join me in praying for a multiplication of new churches that do not take any money to start and anyone can begin?
2. Identify our regional leader – an apostolic regional leader.
- Who is the known and accepted regional church planting leader in your context?
- Is this leader you?
- To whom can I talk to about understanding this more?
3. Cast a regional vision geographically.
Once we have a prayer network begging Jesus for regional saturation and we know who the regional apostolic leader is, we can begin to hone down on the region.
- How can we best arrange a gathering so that this vision casting can happen?
- Who must be at this meeting?
- Who can pull this meeting off?
4. Embrace multi-GSE processed expressions in the field.
This one may be the hardest. How can I find and discover other ways to engage GSE concepts to further Jesus’ mission? We are currently engaging gathering ideas in two applications:
- Starting new churches
- Assisting established churches in forming an intentional gathering culture in their church family.
- How else can GSE assist?
- Where are key places we can do these two things?