Communicating the Vision
Dong had a burden to plant a church. His local church didn't share this
vision, so he just went ahead on his own. No one helped him. No one paid much
attention to what he was doing. Then, after a few months, Dong experienced
some problems in his church plant. He became overwhelmed and gave up. No one
Veron also had a burden to plant a church. She knew her local church didn't
yet understand the importance of church planting. Because of this, she
carefully took practical steps to impart this vision. After a while, leaders
and members caught the vision. Several volunteered to help in various ways as
this became a church-wide project. In less than a year a solid daughter church was established.
To motivate your church to plant a daughter church, we have seen that you
need to prepare yourself to explain why church planting is so important. In
Chapter 1, we looked at some reasons that you can use to impart this vision.
Now, like Veron, prepare some creative ways to communicate this vision for
church planting. Imparting vision and keeping the vision fresh is crucial to
mobilizing continuous manpower, prayer and financial support.
In our Church Multiplication Seminars, we have asked the delegates what
practical things they have done to motivate their churches. In this chapter
you will find some of the ideas they have given. While recalling these ideas,
the Lord has also given these seminar delegates new ideas to try. I've
included some of these. You can use these creative methods in your church to
impart vision for church planting.
Preach and teach
Dr. Eli Javier preached on church planting for one month! The Sunday
School classes also discussed church planting. The results were tremendous!
They were able to raise money and mobilize team members to plant several
When trying to motivate the church through preaching and teaching, it's
important to be positive and impart vision. People respond much more to
vision than to guilt techniques.
Pastor Willie Basilio of Simbahang Ebangheliko ng Pateros has members of
their church planting teams report regularly from the pulpit. This keeps the
vision continually before the congregation.
We've already seen the very fruitful church plant of Pastor Winnie Saniel
in San Jose, Mindoro. This became a case study, which leaders presented to
other Corpus Christi (now Take the Nations for Jesus) churches. It motivated
many other churches to also plant daughter churches.
If you don't yet have church planters in your church, invite some to come.
Lay people who are part of a church planting team can probably make even more
of an impact than a fulltime professional church planter.
"Ten of the 27 barangays in Mandaluyong City still do not have
even one church! Some examples are Barangka Ibaba (9,000 people), Barangka
Itaas (12,000 people), and Barangka Drive (14,000 people)."
"Only 2.4 percent of the population of Batangas are born again."
"There are only 9 churches in the whole province of Sulu!"
Challenge your congregation by sharing the names and populations of
churchless barangays in your town.
Statistics like these are available for the entire Philippines through DAWN
research (Philippine Challenge, P.O. Box 13919 OCPO, 1605 Ortigas Center,
Pasig City; phone 655
Use a map to highlight your target barangay.
If your church does not have a target barangay yet, you could
display a map of your town, emphasizing all of the barangays without a
"With the Lord's help, I'm going to plant a church in Bgy.
Dayap, Calauan, Laguna," Nanay Pitang enthusiastically shared with
Ate Esther. "I've never done this before. I really need your
prayers," she requested of Kuya Ben. Nanay Pitang spoke to
individuals to arouse her church's interest in church planting. Others have
suggested that we tsismis about church planting. Dean Wiebracht calls
It's especially important to talk personally with influential people in the
church. This could be crucial to mobilize the church's involvement.
Pastor Judah Jim Cantoria loves to take his members on evangelistic trips.
Through this, he has mobilized several new church planters. He had one member
who was always contra sa misyon. "Minsan, pinilit ko siyang sumama,"
recalls Pastor Judah. "This caused a complete turnaround. Now, he
strongly encourages church planting and missions."
You could even take some of your members to observe a church planteven
for just one afternoon. If your church is now planting a daughter church, take
them there. If not, you could observe another church. You could include your
leaders or potential members of a future church planting team. Seeing the real
thing can communicate powerfully.
Members of church planting teams are usually very appreciative when church
leaders visit their work.
Organize your church to pray for the unchurched barangays of your
town. As a church learns to pray for more laborers, God will likely move that
church to be the answer to their prayers. (See Mt. 9:36
Some have suggested that prayer for the church's leaders is crucial. Other
churches practice prayer and fasting. Members with the burden for church
planting especially need to pray.
Pastor Winnie Saniel was sent to the six-year-old
church of Corpus Christi in Balanga, Bataan. They planned to close this church
as it was no longer growing. "The church had many activities, pero
kulang sa panalangin," recalls Pastor Winnie. "We began
concentrating on prayer, including prayer and fasting, overnight prayer and
united prayer with other local pastors." As a result, the church was
revived and planted a daughter church in Olongapo City.
A church near us has a huge banner displaying their goal of planting five
new daughter churches. Banners can display church planting goals, themes or
Taytay Methodist Community Church frequently uses drama in the morning
service to increase compassion for the lost.
Compose a theme song
missions. Maybe you could try using a song writing contest with church
planting as the theme?
Macy Esguerra Aquino of Taytay Methodist Community Church composed the
song, "Sa Tawag Mo." The Lord has greatly used this song to
speak to many in their churches, calling individuals into church planting and
This is different from an evangelistic film showing. There are other
missionary films available that we can use to challenge our members to take
part in planting a daughter church.
Video your church planting team in action. Everyone should enjoy watching
Tribes in Asia for Christ has put together an effective presentation:
contact them at www.tribesinasia.org
If no one in your church has a video camera, ordinary pictures also work
well. Post pictures of the church planting team in action. This always
Prepare a special concert with songs that focus on reaching the lost. We
are blessed today with many dynamic songs that combine worship and motivation
to reach the lost. God often speaks very powerfully through songs.
These visual aids in strategic locations can be a big help in spreading
to mobilize all the resources needed to plant 15 churches in one year.
"Becoming a Great Commission Church" was the slogan of
Juana Rosario Bible Christian Fellowship in Laguna. Initially, this mobilized
givers to support Filipino missionaries abroad. Then, members were mobilized
to plant Jesus the Firm Foundation. The next year, they planted another church
in Olivares Homes, Biρan, Laguna.
Dr. Eli Javier masterfully used the slogan "Sama
Love of Christ has successfully used brochures to mobilize those who will
Get on their knees (pray)
Many church planting teams prepare a regular list of prayer items for their
intercessors. Others write regular newsletters, especially if they have
financial supporters. You could also give these types of newsletters to church
members, to keep the vision for church planting alive.
Even just three or four good books about church planting, evangelism or
missions could produce big results in the lives of readers. Sharing books
through a mini church library can multiply the results.
Taytay Methodist Community Church used this logo to communicate the need
for everyone's participation in their church planting projects.
At our church we post pictures and newsletters on our Church Planting
Church Planting Corner
A Church Planting Corner could be a place to gather some of the things
"Our missions statement is read in all of our churches at least
once a month. When this statement became clear, members began looking beyond
their own church. This regular emphasis has raised vision and resources for
church planting," shares Rev. Rey Bechayda of Love of Christ Ministries
There are many more things you could do to impart vision to your church. Be
creative. Ask God for some ideas.
Action planning and discussion
1. Who in your church could give a testimony about church planting? Whom
could you invite from outside?
2. Who are some influential people in your church you could talk to
personally about church planting?
3. What are some other things your church could do to provide motivation to
plant a daughter church?
The main thing to do now
Fill in the chart below describing what you will do to motivate your church.
You can use some of the ideas found in Chapter 2. You can also add your own
Action Step to Motivate Person
Your Church Responsible
Imparting vision is something that needs to be done continually to keep the
project going strong. After you complete activities, add new ones to your list.