Two weeks ago we began a new round of training for church planters. All those coming to the training are so-called "lay leaders" coming out of the evangelical churches scattered around the city.
From past experience, we know what is taught and modelled in the few weeks of training is critical. Those first few training session will make a huge difference in the kind of church that gets planted.
Most trainees come in with preconceived ideas about the church and what their role is in church planting. We are very careful to model in word and action those desired attitudes, concepts, and practices that are essential for a servant-leader planting a new work with new converts.
Our basic C.O.S.E.C.H.A. training manual is a 50-page, 20 step-by-step guide to starting a church from scratch with newly won believers. Our vision and strategy is described in our first training session of COSECHA and sets the stage for all that follows.
FAQ for house church planting in Guayaquil covers many of the common questions we get.
What a Guayaquil house church looks like in action can be read here. And for those interested in a case study there is a lot more of the background and a critical evaluation of "Starting house churches in Guayaquil."
The church in your house is a list of 13 values that continue to guide us as a church planting team.
This past year, I have benefitted greatly from the writing and personal teaching of Aussie Alan Hirsch. Recently he posted on his blog a YouTube video that really caught my attention.
This 1:00 video is an experiment done with fleas, but has a HUGE LESSON for all of us involved in any kind of training. I especially found this experiment relevant to our training of house church planters.
Please watch and then feel free to share your observations and applications to ministry.