WHY START A NEW CHURCH?
Starting new churches is a God-thing. The foundational beliefs for starting new churches are for the Glory of God, the Mission of God and the Kingdom of God.
The Glory of God
When we read scriptures like this one and Ephesians 1:3-14 we can see that the church exists for the glory of God. God has chosen His church to act as His chief instrument whereby His glory is revealed throughout the world today. The planting or starting of new, healthy churches is a means of seeing God’s glory spread throughout the earth. Worship is, therefore, the fuel for our mission. The goal of our mission is the gladness of the people in the greatness of God.
The Mission of God
The God we serve is on a mission. God has chosen His church as the chief vehicle for achieving His redemptive purpose today. The Bible is full of stories of how God has revealed His plan of blessing through one person of faith who becomes a blessing to another and another until the world is restored back to Himself. Our mission to start new churches is not the invention, responsibility, or program of Waterline Church, but flows from the character and purposes of God.
The Kingdom of God
God is passionate that His kingdom will encompass every community, every tribe, and will reach every person. The very first command in the Bible is to be fruitful and multiply. God intends the church to proclaim and demonstrate the kingdom so that His kingdom will spread to every people group on earth. He has given His Church a kingly commission to go into the entire world and make disciples who worship the King of Kings. The heart of God for kingdom expansion is the foundation for starting new churches.
Waterline Church fulfills its vision to, “Love God and Love Others” by starting new churches. By launching new churches, we take Jesus into the lives of needy people, we become partners with God’s mission, and we actively expand God’s kingdom. God’s heart beats for church planting, and so does ours.
TOP REASONS TO PLANT A CHURCH IN PENDLETON
- Projected population and economic growth
- Town leadership welcoming change and progress
- Fertile scenario, having a rich, but dormant spiritual heritage
- Absence of life-giving churches in the area to accommodate the current population
- 82,000 (62%) unclaimed souls in Madison County
- Klipsch-Card sports complex construction to reach sports community
God does big things
in small places.
God believes insignificant
people are significant.
God uses a nobody
to reach somebody.
The Deckard Family
Dawn and I have been married for 15 years. We started dating after our Junior Prom. Dawn is also a graduation from Indiana Wesleyan University with her Bachelors degree in Accounting. She has worked for the State of Indiana Board of Accounts, but currently, teaches Business for Tipton Middle School.
We have two kids, Patrick (14 yrs) and Audrey (11 yrs). Patrick enjoys basketball and playing the guitar. Audrey enjoys music and participating in community plays and theatre productions.
“In a small town, it’s easy to feel forgettable. Important people live in important places. But God has a heart for the small town. I know that God’s heart beats for the 25,000 people in the South Madison School Corporation community in based in Pendleton, Indiana. We want to partner with the work that He is already doing in Madison County. We want to dream alongside those that have already been dreaming and help those that have forgotten how to dream.
The thought of uprooting our family and starting a new church in Pendleton seems so exciting knowing the potential that lies in South Madison County. Starting a Gospel movement here is an exciting adventure that we are privileged to lead.
I hope that you would read this and see your place in helping us lead others to love God and love others.”
Pendleton Campus Pastor
How will you launch a new church?
Phase 1: Vision Development (March-July)
• Vision chats
• Recruiting Launch Team
• Legal administrative work
• Relationship building
• Identifying location for Launch Team meetings
Phase 2: Discover (September-November)
• Launch Team meetings weekly
• Develop discipleship and evangelistic relationships
• Leadership development of Launch Team
• Continual networking, fundraising and partnerships
• Identifying location and making a plan for preview services and launch
• Prayer walks, outreach events, and getting the word out
Phase 3: Pre-Launch (December-January 2019)
• Launch preview services
• Community events
• Leadership training
• Partnerships/marketing/promotions/canvasing • Relational evangelism
Phase 4: Launch (February 2019)
• Launch large Sunday Experiences
• Launch ministry to families
• Launch life groups
• Start next phase of Multiplication strategy in Central Indiana
God has given us a clear vision, our course has been set, and is it possible that God is calling you to partner with us?
We are intentionally seeking a serious team of people to cover us with prayer as this vision continues to unfold. This prayer team is not an after thought or just something that we should do. It’s the essential component to the success of our mission. You will receive regular updates on how to pray for us.
Your financial investment will make a major impact on Waterline’s ability to launch strong and reach thousands of people walking in darkness. We are asking churches, organizations and individuals to invest in us financially to allow us to go further, faster.
LAUNCH TEAM MEETINGS – $10,000
PREVIEW SERVICES and MARKETING – $20,000FACILITY UPGRADES – $20,000
TOTAL PRE-LAUNCH BUDGET – $50,000
OUTREACH (Madison County needs, church planting, events) – $20,000
FACILITIES (Sound equipment, projectors, Signage, Insurance, Maintenance) – $20,000MINISTRY/OPERATIONS – (Volunteer development, curriculum) – $25,000
TOTAL ANNUAL BUDGET – $65,000
TOTAL 3-YEAR BUDGET – $195,000
As God draws people to consider being a part of the Waterline Launch Team, this plan will serve to answer many basic questions and spell out the essential vision. The opportunity for participation is tremendous, and we want to make as many details as possible available to potential founding members of this new church.