The following comes from David Watson's blog TouchPoint describing lessons he has learned overseas as a church planter.
1. Effective church planting teams spend 3-6 hours per day in prayer.
2. Training is continuous. Leaders are constantly reproducing more leaders, and disciples are constantly reproducing disciples.
3. Do extensive planning, but expect God to show up and do the unexpected.
4. Be flexible in order to take advantage of the unexpected.
5. Young Christians and young leaders are encouraged to lead and reproduce new Christians and leaders from day one.
6. Ownership of the work is in local hands, never in the church planters' hands.
7. There are no founding pastors. Church planters are church planters. They raise up and train local leaders who become the pastors of the the churches.
8. Family-based and group-based evangelism through Guided Discovery Bible Studies.
9. Every new Believers is trained as if he or she will be the next leader of a movement. People self-select out of training. We often see people become leaders who would have been overlooked with any selective training process.
10. Discipleship is about teaching to obey through word and deed. High accountability in close community is foundational.
11. Failure happens. Start over. Failure happens. Start over. ...
12. Church planting starts with ministry that leads to appropriate evangelism.
I can identify with many of these same observations from our own ministry in Ecuador. Every one of the above points merit an entire article in its own right. The one that catches my attention the most though is #1 where effective church planting teams spend 3-6 hours/day in prayer. That is convicting, but certainly true.
How about you? Which of these points caught your attention?