The RCA Church Multiplication team’s goal is to see the church-planting movement spread across the RCA. The team focuses on four “Es” to help accomplish that: engage, equip, empower, and expand.

Engage

There are two parts to the engagement process: engaging an effective church planter and helping the planter engage the place where they want to plant.

Engaging church planters

Our team works with a network of regional leaders, classes, colleges, and seminaries to identify emerging leaders in the RCA and encourage them to consider church planting. Before a potential planter answers the call to plant, we also take them through an assessment process to discern if their gifts are a fit for church planting. There are two steps in this process: 1) online assessment, and 2) face-to-face interviews. We then connect these potential leaders to parent churches, classes, and regions. These relationships open up opportunities for the potential leaders to receive further training and mentoring. Our goal is to have three times the number of potential planters in the pipeline as the number of churches we start each year.

Engaging communities

Different communities have different ministry needs. We help our planters figure out the ministry needs of their target locations through demographic tools and by engaging with those who live there. We recommend that church plants use MissionInsite to analyze the ministry opportunities and needs in their community. Click here to learn more about the tools MissionInsite offers. Our team also works with planters and classes to develop evaluation tools for their regions.

Resources for engaging planters and target communities:

Equip

The sobering reality of church planting is that many churches don’t make it past the first few years. With such high dropout, turnover, and burnout rates among church planters today, we need planters who are well-equipped to answer God’s call to plant a church.

Our new Multiply training addresses this need. This unique program will prepare church planters to lead over the course of 12 sessions, each focused on a different aspect of church-plant leadership. If you’re interested in signing up, you can email multiply@rca.org for more information.

We also provide a number of online resources to equip church planters for ministry challenges throughout the planting process. These resources include advice for leadership transitions, fundraising suggestions, budgeting tips, worship ideas, and more.

Resources for equipping planters:

Empower

Our team works to empower church planters and parent churches through relationships. We facilitate relationships in two ways: through coaching relationships and through our growing network of parent churches and church plants.

Coaching

The apostles Paul and John Mark had Barnabas to coach them as they began their ministries. A commitment to empower each church planter with a coach is part of our church multiplication strategy, too. Planters who have an active coaching relationship are more likely to have strong, healthy ministries. Parent congregation leaders with a coach are more likely to follow through on their church-planting goals.

Multiplication network

We oversee a network of parent churches and church plants. Being part of this network gives parent churches and church planters access to a greater pool of ministry resources and a wider web of prayer support. It also facilitates collaboration between those who are part of the RCA’s multiplication movement.

Resources for empowering planters and parent leaders:

Expand

Our team wants to continue to grow the multiplication movement in the RCA. To do this, we are working to expand the number of parent churches in our movement and the level of funding for church plants.

Stewardship is often a challenge for church plants. Helping our church planters and parent churches secure stronger financial support will be key for the continued success of the multiplication movement. Having more parent churches will also increase the capacity of our work, enabling us to start more churches each year. We especially encourage church plants to work toward becoming parents.

Resources for expanding parent congregations and funding: