Ministry Strategy

I.
Philosophy

A.
Completely Harmonized Biblical Teaching Program


1.
Developed By Teaching Ministers


2.
Corresponding Series At Each Level Of Spiritual Growth



a. Sermons (Large Group)



b. Small Group Lessons (Small Group)



c.
Personal Devotional/Bible Reading Plan (Individual)


3.
Expository Exegesis



a.
This would take place on either the large or small group level.



b.
The other levels would provide topical teaching that reinforces the expository teaching.  (For instance, when an expository series is being taught in the large group setting, the small group lessons and personal devotional or Bible reading plan would focus on deeper aspects of what is being taught in the large groups).

B.
Small Group Approach to Ministry


1.
Continually Growing Larger While Staying Small


2.
Fulfilling our Mission Through Small Groups



a.
Making Disciples of Jesus Christ



b.
Baptizing Them and Integrating Them into the Body



c.
Teaching Them to Observe the Whole Counsel of God’s Word



d.
Giving God the Honor and Glory

C.
Perpetual Financial Independence


1.
Live/Work Within The Financial Means of The Ministry


2.
Never Allow The Ministry to Depend upon the Ministers or Outside Agents Financially

D.
Cutting Edge Methodology


1.
The Message Never Changes


2.
The Methods Must!

E.
Relational


1.
One on one Evangelism


2.
Constantly Seeking Ways to Meet New People


3.
Meeting the Needs of Individuals is More Important Than Drawing a Crowd


4.
Everyone Has a Place (Small Group)
II.
Beliefs and Mission

A.
Statement of Faith (view)

B.
Mission Statement:



Making disciples of Jesus Christ in Austria, baptizing them into His Church and teaching them to observe all of His teachings, for His glory and His good pleasure.
III.
Goals

A.
Identifying Goals


1.
Plant Autonomous, New Testament Churches



a.
Self-Supporting



b.
Self-Governing



c.
Self-Propagating



d.
Indigenous


2.
Train Nationals


3.
Network Churches

B.
Attaining Goals


1.
Church Planting Strategy (Chronological Order)



a.
Evangelistic Bible Studies




i.
One on One




ii.
Read Through John/Acts/Romans




iii.
Incorporate Participants into Small Group



b.
Small Groups




i.
Types






Family Groups






-
Promote Family Participation






-
Provide Something Specific For Kids






Special Groups






-
Singles Groups






-
Youth Groups






-
Children’s Groups






-
Other (Based on Common Interest)




ii.
Teaching






Introductory Discipleship Study






Prepared Lesson Plan (see I.A.)




iii.
Participants






Leader – Teacher






Co-Leader – Teacher in Training and Backup Teacher






Host






Attendees




iv.
Structure






Begin with 6 to 8 People






Family Oriented (Also Offer Groups For Singles)




v.
Reproduction






Divide Group in Half at 12 to 16 People






Co-Leader Becomes Leader of New Group






Recruit Two New Co-Leaders (Target Hosts)






Recruit Host for New Group (Two Host are Needed if the Original Host Becomes one of the New Co-Leaders)




vi.
When and Where






Bi-Weekly – Not On Sunday






Homes – The Rent is Already Paid



c.
Mission




i.
Periodic Large Meetings Involving Multiple Small Groups




ii.
Minimum of 18-20 People Attending (i.e. 3 Groups)




iii.
Held On Sunday




iv.
In a Home or Rented Banquet Room



d.
Church Plant




i.
Regular Sunday Worship Service




ii.
In a Home or Rented Banquet Room




iii.
Begin Steps towards Official Organization as a Church




iv.
Reproduction






Small Group Bible Studies






-
Start in Targeted Areas






-
Other Specifications - Same as Above






Periodic Large Group Meetings






-
Only Attended by Small Groups in a Targeted Area






-
Same Service Time as Mother Church






-
Other Specifications - Same as Above






Plant Daughter Church






-
Group Assumes it’s Own Identity Apart From Mother Church






-
Other Specifications - Same as Above


2.
Training Nationals



a.
Discipleship (Local Church)



b.
Evangelism Training (Local Church)



c.
Leadership Training (Local Church)



d.
Bible Institute/College (Joint Cooperation Multiple Churches)


3.
Network Structure



a.
Mother Churches (Large Cities)



b.
Daughter Churches (Suburban Areas and Smaller Communities)




i.
Target Areas With At Least 5000 Residents




ii.
Start as House Groups From a Mother Church



c.
Regional Associations



d.
National Fellowship



e.
International Network
IV.
Recruiting Non-National Co-Laborers

A.
Types of Helpers


1.
Church Members on Mission Trips


2.
Interns



a.
Summer Interns



b.
Short-Term Missionaries


3.
Career Missionaries

B.
Recruitment Methods


1.
Advertisements in Christian Publications


2.
Prayer Letters


3.
Internet Sites


4.
Personal Plea in Churches (Furlough)


5.
Email Contact