Church Planting Essentials – Redefining Success in Church Planting

Church Planting Essentials – Redefining Success in Church Planting

As a strategist and a coach of trainers of church planters I have to be very careful about when I declare success.  The easiest place to declare success is when I have transferred information regarding church planting.  I have helped develop a strategy and I have instructed the learner regarding what to do, therefore my job is over.  NOT!

Is a coach of a ball team considered a success when he has told his players how to play the game or what to do in certain situations during the game?  Of course not!  Success for a coach is found in his players being mentally and physically fit and healthy, playing the game with good sportsmanship, winning the game, winning more games, ultimately winning the season, and doing it again over and over each year.

So, as a strategist and coach of trainers of church planters how do I measure success and declare success?  I do not declare success until the following has happened:

1.       The trainers of church planters have been equipped using the Guided Discovery Bible Study: Church Planting.

2.       Trainers are deployed to focal areas.

3.       The trainers are equipping church planters to find Persons of Peace and coach the Person of Peace to start a church.

4.       The trainers are reproducing more trainers.

5.       Church planters have been deployed.

6.       The church planters have coached local Persons of Peace to plant local churches using the Guided Discovery Bible Study: Discovering God.

7.       Churches have been planted.

8.       Guided Discovery Bible Study: Obedience Based Discipleship is introduced to the new church.

9.       Church leaders have been trained using the Guided Discovery Bible Study: Discovering Leadership.

10.   Leaders are reproducing leaders.

11.   Churches are reproducing churches.

12.   There is now a Church Planting Movement (CPM)

Now, I can count success.


David Watson

From Honduras

9 Replies to “Church Planting Essentials – Redefining Success in Church Planting”

  1. Hi David

    Another great post. I love your church planting essentials series, very helpful!

    I see you’re in Honduras now – boy do you get around! If you’re ever in the UK for more than a flight transfer let me know it would be good to meet.

    Anyway a question. In this and a few other posts you mention Discovery Bible Studies. I understand and use the inductive bible study methods. However, do you have example scriptures for the different categories of study eg. “Discovering Leadership”, Discovering God” etc ? Or pointers to where to start from. Thanks

    Blessings and have a wonderful Christmas

    John Marklew
    Surrey, UK

  2. Greetings David, from Japan,
    Thanks for your latest addition to your blog. We are slowly but surely (and prayerfully!) beginning to implement and teach the “culture” that you articulate so well.

    I think you mentioned on one of the video teachings that you would share the Guided Discovery Bible Study materials with people who were interested. We are very interested.
    Who can I contact about getting some of these materials, and begin to implement them with Japanese?

    Thanks, Jef Linscott
    Kobe, Japan

  3. Thank you David!

    Sorry we missed you in San Jose a couple of weeks ago. It would’ve been great to meet up!

    We’d be very interested in getting in touch with Jef Linscott… Would’ve been great if we could have met up in November while we were in Osaka. Alas… Hopefully we’ll be back in Japan soon early next year.

  4. David Hi, Alexander here from All Nations in Cape Town; right now we are working on our version of T4T and foundational lessons etc so I want to get in the queue for any Guided Discovery Bible Study materials that we could make use of!
    thanks. we appreciate your contribution to what we are doing here very much. our whole cp training for next year has been totally revised in light of what we have learnt on the ground and from you guys.

  5. Hi, John Marklew. Please send to me your contact information and I will let you know when I am in the UK. If there is a good reason, I would be happy to stay a day or two if you have a place to put me up.


    David Watson

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