Details for Church Planting

This subject provides insight into biblical, historical and contemporary models of church planting as well as the social and spiritual dynamics of church planting

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: MIN305
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.


Introduction to Ministry MIN101

Awards offering Church Planting

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject provides insight into biblical, historical and contemporary models of church planting, as well as the social and spiritual dynamics of church planting.


Students should be able to:

1.      Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the historical, biblical and theological foundations for church planting.

2.      Display an advanced understanding of the concept of needs-based, community-focused church planting

3.      Critique past, present and potential future developments in church planting, focusing on key characters and events

4.      Compile and assess data that would indicate the need for new and revitalised churches

5.      Recognise and justify the value of church planting to the wider society.

Subject Content

  1. 1.      Introduction and New Zealand Church Planting

    2.      Biblical Models of Church Planting and Growth

    3.      Church Planting Methods that Work

    4.      Pentecostal Church Planting in New Zealand

    5.      Is Church Planting for Me?/Issues in Church Planting

    6.      Learning from Church Planters

    7.      Being a Church Planting Church

    8.      Learning from Church Planters (2)

    9.      Building a Church Planting Team

    10.  Learning from Church Planters (3)

    11.   Understanding Culture and Worldview

    12.   Church Planting Administration

    13.   The Launch and the Long-Term

This course may be offered in the following formats

Face to face, e-learning (distance learning)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Interview and Report (25%, 1500 words); Comparitive Literature Review (25%, 1500 words); Essay (50%, 2500 words)

Prescribed Text

Readings Provided  A recommended (but not compulsory) text that students might find helpful is:

Stetzer, E. Planting Missional Churches. Nashville, Ten: Broadman & Holman, 2006.

Representative References

  • Bunn, T.W. God’s Plan for Church Planting: Church Planting Manual Using God’s Timeless, Supra-Cultural Principles. Westminster, CO: IMD Press, 2008.

    Carson, D.A. Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and its Implications. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

  • Cartledge, D. Church Planters’ Manual. rev. ed. Chester Hill, N.S.W.: Paraclete, 1996.

    Garrison, D. Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World. Monument, CO: Wigtake Resources, 2004.

    Gibbs, E. and Bulger, R.K. Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

    Hesselgrave, D. Planting Churches Cross-Culturally: North America and Beyond (second edition). Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker House, 2000.

    Hughes, P.J. The Pentecostals in Australia. Canberra, ACT, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1996.

    Mull, M. A Biblical Church Planting Manual: From the Book of Acts. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2004.

  • Murray, S. and Kraybill, J.N. Church Planting. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2001.

    Patterson G. & Scroggins, R. Church Multiplication Guide: The Miracle of Church Reproduction. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2002.

    Payne, J.D. Discovering Church Planting: An Introduction to the Whats, Whys, and Hows of Global Church Planting. Carlisle CA: Paternoster, 2009.

  • Rainey, J. Planting Church in the Real World. Missional Press, 2008. Smith, S & Kai, Y. T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution. WIGTake, 2011.

    Stetzer, E. Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003.

  • Stetzer, E. Planting Missional Churches. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006.


    Asia Journal of Theology

    Clergy Journal

    Evangelical Missions Quarterly

    International Bulletin of Missionary Research


    Review of Religious Research



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