With the overwhelming responsibilities and needs in ministry, it is easy to focus on our own church and lose sight of our support role towards a church plant. Here are some practical ways you can serve and support your church plant starting today.
PLANTER SUPPORT IDEAS:
Baby shower for expecting planters.
Have your church host a baby shower for an expectant planter. A partner church hosted a shower last year and provided a planting couple with diapers, baby food and clothes, and a freezer FULL of food. What a blessing!
Monthly volunteers for childcare during worship.
SEND New Orleans has several partner churches that take one worship service a month and send a volunteer team to do childcare. This allows overworked volunteers to come and worship with their church family.
Date night and childcare for a planter.
One of the greatest barriers planters face in cultivating a healthy marriage, is simply finding childcare and resources to make it happen. Plan to send a team down to provide childcare and a dinner gift card. I promise it will be a blessing.
Church Planter Profiles prayer strategy.
The greatest partnership a planter can have is a faithful church praying for their family and work. Visit the NAMB website and download church planter profiles today, click here for SEND New Orleans Church Planter Profiles.
Hosting a Global Impact Conference at your church.
Having a church planter come and share at a GIC is a powerful way to communicate and challenge your church to participate in local and global missions. You can read more information here about the benefits of a Global Impact Conference. http://georgeross.net/home/10-reasons-to-host-a-global-impact-conference
Pastor Appreciation Month.
Unlike many established churches with a rich tradition of pastor appreciation, church plants reaching un-churched and de-churched people rarely have a background in pastor appreciation. Use this October as an opportunity to appreciate your church plant pastor. Here are some great resources for pastor appreciation http://sendnetwork.com/pastors-appreciation/,
If you would like more ideas and information take time to visit the North American Mission Board SUPPORT church resource page. Here you will find out how your church can be the best SUPPORT church possible as you lead your church to love on and support church planters across North America.