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Mobile Ed: MI201 Church Planting (6 hour course)

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In this course, Dr. Tim Sisk asks students to consider church planting as participation in the mission of the church. He establishes the biblical foundation for church planting as a work of the Spirit to call and empower believers to participate in the Great Commission in this specific missional way. He looks at the methods and models used in biblical examples of church planting and examines church planting throughout history.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Support and defend the concept of church planting from biblical, theological, and practical viewpoints
  • Recognize church planting as an outgrowth of Jesus’ proclamation that He will build His church
  • Relate to church planting as participation among “God’s fellow workers” in the proclamation and demonstration of the kingdom of God
  • Summarize the skills and character attributes needed by successful church planters
  • Analyze the positives and negatives of church planting using a team approach
  • Develop an appropriate ecclesiology for the planned church plant
  • Define the characteristics of healthy churches
  • Explain the importance of vision to church planting and describe how core values and cultural style and expectations may dictate how the vision will be implemented
  • Discuss key issues that must be addressed in the church planting effort
  • Choose leadership styles and structures appropriate to a church planting effort within a particular culture and community

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Church Planting

  • Built on the Rock
  • We Are God’s Fellow Workers
  • Church Planting: A Rationale
  • Three Pragmatic Reasons for Planting Churches (Reason 1)
  • Three Pragmatic Reasons for Planting Churches (Reasons 2 & 3)
  • Objections to Church Planting
  • Ethical Guidelines for Church Planting
  • A Brief History of Church Planting
  • Historical Development of Protestant Church Planting Philosophy
  • Gospel-Planting Movement
  • Development of Church Planting Movements

Unit 2: Biblical Foundations for Church Planting

  • Where Do People Get Their Ideas of Church?
  • Historical Definitions of “Church”
  • The DNA of the Church
  • Our Culture’s Expectations for “Church”
  • Ekklēsia:The New Testament Word for Church
  • Sorting Different Uses ofEkklēsiawith Louw-Nida
  • Luke’s Description of a Functioning Church
  • New Testament Images of the Church
  • Finding Metaphors for “Church” Using the Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Some Contemporary Definitions of the Church
  • Five Contemporary Images Describing the Church
  • Church Planting in the Book of Acts
  • The Ministry of Jesus and His Disciples
  • Researching the Date of Acts in Commentary Introductions
  • Paul, the Church Planter
  • Paul’s Methods for Church Planting
  • Strategy, Spontaneity, and the Leading of the Spirit
  • Using the Bible Facts Tool with References to the “Holy Spirit” in Acts
  • The Pauline Cycle of Church Planting, Part 1
  • The Pauline Cycle of Church Planting, Part 2

Unit 3: The Church Planter in the 21st Century

  • Characteristics of 21st-Century Church Planters
  • Church Planter Assessment
  • Characteristics of a Successful Church Planter, Part 1
  • Characteristics of a Successful Church Planter, Part 2
  • Using the Prayer List Tool for Church Planting
  • Church Planting Teams
  • Some Potential Strengths of a Team Approach to Church Planting
  • Some Potential Weaknesses of a Team Approach to Church Planting
  • Structuring a Church Planting Team
  • Characteristics of Church Planting Teams
  • Searching on Biblical Conflict Resolution

Unit 4: Vision Leads the Way

  • The Importance of Vision
  • Vision Motivates
  • What is Vision?
  • The Power of Vision
  • Biblical Examples of Vision
  • Vision Comes from God

Unit 5: Values Shape Vision

  • Different Values Cause Different Expressions of a Vision
  • Values Shape Styles
  • Other Influences on Style
  • Why We Do What We Do
  • Identifying Our Core Values
  • A Biblical List of Church Core Values
  • Core Values of Contemporary Churches
  • Midcourse Review

Unit 6: Reaching the Community with Christ

  • How Did Jesus See People?
  • One-to-One Contexts Are Unique
  • Studying Acts 16 in the Faithlife Study Bible
  • Three People, Three Contexts, Three Approaches
  • The Context of Culture
  • Earning the Right to Speak
  • Research the Community Context
  • Describe Your Audience
  • Personal Examples of Describing the Audience
  • Engaging the Audience
  • Ministry and Style
  • Exegeting Your Church’s Culture
  • Getting the Word Out, Part 1
  • Getting the Word Out, Part 2

Unit 7: Church Planting Models

  • A Changing Church for a Changing World
  • A Sampling of Church Planting Models
  • Church Planting Movements
  • Evaluating Church Planting Models, Part 1
  • Evaluating Church Planting Models, Part 2
  • Churches: Start Healthy, Stay Healthy
  • Another Look at Characteristics of Healthy Churches

Unit 8: Issues Church Planters Face

  • Four Key Issues in Church Planting
  • Evangelism and Discipleship
  • Historical Examples of Mass Evangelism
  • Contemporary Examples of Mass Evangelism
  • Evaluating Mass Evangelism
  • Attractional, Missional, and Incarnational Models of Church
  • Defining Authentic Discipleship
  • The Core Competencies of Christian Discipleship
  • Developing as a Leader
  • Appropriate Leadership Style
  • Sketches of Leaders in Scripture
  • Leading in Different Cultures or Communities
  • The “Perfect” Leader
  • How Did Jesus Develop Leaders?
  • The Emergence of Leaders
  • Transitioning to New Leaders
  • Accessing Constitutions and Bylaws
  • Structural Considerations
  • Financial Considerations
  • Bivocational Church Planters
  • Breaking Financial Dependency
  • Churches Indigenous to the Culture and Community
  • The Meeting Place


  • Some Things to Remember
  • Closing Thoughts

Product Details

  • Title: MI201 Church Planting
  • Instructor: Timothy Sisk
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6
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Timothy Sisk

Dr. Timothy Sisk, professor and chair of world missions and evangelism at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, has been in vocational ministry for nearly 30 years. He specializes in church planting, history of missions, and global theology.

Dr. Sisk and his wife, Donna, served as missionaries for 14 years in Japan and Bolivia. He also coauthored The Third Wave Movement and Missions Today and coedited Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-First Century.

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