How to Start a Church
Our vision is to see God raise a generation who will live to see His Kingdom come through the vehicle God has chosen, His church. We also know that God has a particular plan for how He wants to build His Church, and while we have the privilege of preparing God’s bride for Him, it comes with great responsibility. This Church Planting page is a resource hub for every believer who has felt the call of God on their lives to plant a church or community, support a plant and even those looking to better support their current leadership team. With this in mind, we have provided resources presenting the Godly foundations we need to put in place when building according to God’s blueprint rather than man’s. We trust these resources will help us align our hearts to God’s and lead His bride well.
We have several helpful resources that expound upon some of the foundations of authentic Christianity. The purpose of these courses and booklets is to provide Biblical perspectives on Christian values and doctrines. Here we have highlighted the resources you may find particularly helpful when planting a church. We trust they will help you be better equipped wherever you may be on your church planting journey. You can access all the resources from our website and the Four12 App for free.
We have provided helpful links to various paid and free resources, software and tools that can help you maintain your integrity and avoid costly lawsuits regarding copyright for your church. These resources can assist churches to remain above reproach whilst still functioning from a place of creative freedom. While this is not a comprehensive list, we believe it is a helpful reference and good starting point. If you are aware of any other recommended links or free resources, please feel free to share this with us by mailing email@example.com.
We have a combination of the latest news and testimonies from our partnering churches around the world and some great articles that you might enjoy reading and be inspired by. Enjoy the read and catching up with what God is doing amongst us.
How should we recognise and release deacons in the church?
Advancing the Kingdom in Durban.
The one thing we can be sure of is that Jesus has called us on a great adventure with Him.
"The other reason it feels surreal is that although it has been a recent announcement for most people, for Sara and I this has been a long time coming, now we are finally here. Pinch me."
When you take a step of faith and walk in obedience, you discover that God is faithful and true to His Word.
James & Cindy Thornhill-Fisher are responding to God's voice by planting a church in Cork County.
We have had a lot of people from Four12 partnering churches come and visit us. Some people drove more than 8 hours on just to support us on a Sunday morning.
If I could go back in time to the day we were asked to plant a new Joshua Generation Church congregation, my response now would be the same...and yet very different.
We played some music, got the food ready, and waited for the students. And they came. They came hungry, curious, grateful and ready to hang out. Inevitably, they wanted to know one thing: why?
One thing we have learned in this short space of time, having begun working on the ground in October 2018 in Khayelitsha, is that church planting is a wild, adventurous ride and requires an immediate response to God’s call.
To be honest, there were often times when we felt that we were too young to plant a church, or even be involved in a church plant, but I was reminded of a scripture where Paul writes to Timothy...
"We need many more ‘healthy’ local churches in every nation across the world today, but the key word is ‘healthy’."
In a new and unfamiliar season, we can miss what the Lord is doing in our hearts and lives. As I look back, I see that the initial ‘discomfort’ I experienced was part of the good work the Lord was doing in my life.
Our last meeting as Freedom Life was quite emotional, this was the laying down of one dream to choose to embrace God's plan and 'new thing'.
Remaining submitted to the Elders back in Cape Town we started our first 'church gathering' with 4 people in our lounge.
The time had come for a new light, a new lighthouse, the lighthouse of Jesus calling forth all to the safety of the shores of His love.
It has been my absolute privilege to do this on the Isle of Man by being a part of the launch of Living Hope’s fifth congregation – Douglas PM!
That's how Oxygen Life Church was planted 15 years ago, and it’s time to do it again for the third time! In ten weeks, mid-February 2017
“My one word for our time in Hoedspruit, well for all of life as a Christian really, is RISK. There is no adventure without risk, but oh if you allow God to lead you on the adventure He so longs to lead you on, you will see His provision and providence in ways you could never imagine.”...
Four12 ran a month-long Church Planters training course in April which was led by Andrew Selley and hosted by Joshua Generation Church (JoshGen) in Cape Town.