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  • Llamado / Descubrimiento / Asesoramiento
  • Comenzando la nueva obra
  • El sistema financiero
  • El sistema de alcance (incluye misiones)
  • El sistema de crecimiento espiritual
  • El sistema de asimilación
  • El sistema de cuidado pastoral
  • El sistema de ubicación ministerial
  • El sistema de adoración
  • El sistema reproductivo (multiplicación de iglesias)
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Calling / Discovery / Assessment

 Regarding the Planter

Starting the plant

  • Developing a church constitution - click here to see sample 
  • Legal steps for starting the new church
    • Select an available name (May need to visit County Tax Assessor to investigate)
    • Get an Employee Identification Number (EIN)
    • Register church name with county - go to your county tax assessor office
    • Get an address - UPS store, Post office, Mailboxes etc, or somewhere that rents post office box. 
    • Open a bank account - make sure your bank requires two signatures on the check.
    • File Certificate of Formation with State of Texas - see non-profit forms
    • Develop your constitution, (bylaws are probably not necessary at this initial point)
    • Create a board of at least 3 people; hold organizational meeting of "Board of Directors"
    • Prepare 1023 Federal Tax-Exemption Application [To get your 501c(3)] - see state of Texas website
    • Apply for State exemptions (and any other relevant permits)
  • Affiliating your church with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention - see SBTC Pastor/Church relations team

    Strategies for Planting a Church

    Demographics and Missionary Thinking


    • Click here to read the SBTC Coaching Philosophy
    • Coaching tools
    • If you are an SBTC affiliated church, contact the SBTC planting team to find a coach or find out about coaching training.

    The Financial Systems

    Budget Issues

    Fundraising helps

    • fundraising letter writing helps - click here
    • Church plant fundraising commitment card tips - click here
    • Church donor acknowledgement letter - click here
    • Article on using Twitter for fundraising - click here

     Pastoral Salary Issues

    The Outreach System                 

      Missions Strategies / Maps / Offerings

    • Reach Texas - SBTC State Missions Offering
    • Go Conference (equipping for missions, global connections, security training, etc)
    • SEND North America

    The Spiritual Growth System

    Bibles in other Languages

    Disciplemaking Strategies and Tools (estrategias y herramientas para el discipulado)

    Disciple Measuring Tools (Métricas para asesorar el discípulo)

    Small Groups / Cells / Missional Communities / Organic (House Church) Strategies

    The Assimilation System

    Membership Resources

      Organic Church Planting / House Churches


        Church Planting e-Library

        Community Impact

        Micellaneous books and media 

        Tools for Encouraging and Sustaining Leaders 

        Other Links

        • - site by Ed Stetzer
        • - church planting resources somewhat centered around organic principles although there are many other model resources there as well. 
        • SEND Institute - missiological insight to north american church planting

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