Church Planting Resources                           Recursos en Español

  • 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 here
    • 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

  • Community Survey / Opinion Poll sample
  • Church Plant Models - different models and approaches that God has used to effectively reach communities around North America.
  • If in Texas and you would like information concerning demographics for planting a church, contact SBTC church planting office.
  • Texas people group map -


  • 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.

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The Financial Systems

Budget Issues

Fundraising helps


Pastoral Salary Issues



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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

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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

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Organic Church Planting / House Churches


Church Planting e-Library

Tools for Encouraging and Sustaining Leaders 

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Other Links


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Recursos en Español



Biblioteca Electrónica


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