Church-Planting Team Leaders Checklist
 for tracking progress in new churches


New church project location _____________________________________________________


Worker in charge ______________________________________________________________


Telephone and email ___________________________________________________________


Coach who keeps this chart up to date _____________________________________________


Telephone and email ___________________________________________________________




Proclaim the Good News, Make Disciples and Start Daughter Churches


p  Tell others about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and also about what He has done for you. Luke 24:46-48; 2 Timothy 4:5.


·    Evangelize entire families and networks of friends, with the power that God promised.
 Deal with the head of a family first or as soon as possible.


·    Plan upbeat events that help new believers tell friends and relatives what Jesus has done for them.


p Receive and baptize the repentant; avoiding discouraging delay, Acts 2:38-41.


p Train disciples above all to obey Jesus’ orders, Matthew 7:24-29; 28:18-20; John 14:15.


·    Let older children disciple and lead younger, serving as role models.


p Start daughter churches, Acts chapters 13 & 14.


·    Keep flocks multiplying in their normal, biblical way .


·    Send to neglected communities workers who can multiply churches, and hold them accountable.


·    Prepare workers to bond lovingly with people of a different society or culture.




Show Care and Comfort the Troubled


p Correct offences without condemning, Galatians 6:1-2; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5.


·    Correct believers’ bad habits without grumbling, gossiping or condemning them.


·    Help persons and families with problems, pain or addictions trust in Jesus’ gracious power.


·    Restore those who stray without delay, following the steps that Jesus prescribed.


·    Forgive, and staunch Satan’s sneaky undercurrents of finicky criticism.


p Advise and reconcile troubled folk, Philemon.


·    Let courage and faith overcome feelings of guilt, fear and jealousies.


·    Face the world’s hatred without letting it trigger despair and dismay.


·    Agree with one’s spouse on prudent management of family finances and disciplining children.


p Watch over the flock, ward off apathy and “wolves”, Acts 20:28-31; Titus 3:10-11.


·    Shun those who cause division or discourage others.


Pray, Intercede, and Wage Spiritual Warfare.


p Pray daily alone and with family, 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-18; Genesis 18:20-33.


·    Replace prayers to idols and images with prayer in Jesus’ name.


p Pray for the sick, needy, misled & demonized, Ephesians 6:10-18; James 5:13-18.


·    Rely on the power of Jesus’ name to heal and to discern and cast out evil spirits.


·    Wage spiritual warfare strategically, prepared always for martyrdom.


Give and Be a Good Neighbor to the Needy.


p Serve the needy, behave as model citizens, Luke 10:25-37; Acts 6:1-6; Galatians 6:9-10.


·    Deal with employers and employees with respect and fairness.


·    Help the poor advance economically without causing dependency.


·    Integrate benevolent development work with other vital ministries.


·    Train deacons to lead those who care for the needy and oppressed.


p Be stewards of your treasure, talent & time, Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 6:38.


·    Encourage believers to give cheerfully.


·    Verify a benevolence project before contributing to it; avoid frauds.


Worship as a Body; Take Time for Meaningful Fellowship.


p Worship, fellowship and break bread, Matthew 26:26-28; Hebrews10:25; Acts 2:46; 20:7.


·    Obey New Testament “one another” commandss.


·    Let children take a serious part in worship and church life.


·    Maintain order during worship without discouraging spontaneity.


·    Experience the divine mystery of the bread and cup of Communion.


·    Build loving relationships between new and mature believers.


·    Include worship songs that one can recall and sing during the week.


p Develop interaction in and between flocks, Romans12:3-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 12.


·    Use spiritual gifts in small groups; heeding the “one another” commands.


·    Respect Christian leaders regardless of social and educational level.


·    Cooperate closely with other flocks in the area, and avoid luring away their members.


Let God Transform you into the Image of His Son.


p Be transformed by God’s Holy Spirit, Romans 12:1-2.


·    Live by faith without seeking constant signs from God to bolster it.


·    Explain original sin, its consequence for all, and why the risen Christ is our only hope for life.


·    Let the Holy Spirit sanctify, and cultivate “fruit of the Spirit,” Galatians 5:16-23.


·    Stop any gossip before it spreads..


·    Pound one’s ego down as often as it asserts itself, with God’s “hammer”.


Oversee Flocks and Organize Ministries.


p Agree with coworkers on objectives and plans, Philippians 2:2; Acts 15:22-31.


·    Keep church bylaws general, to adapt to new situations and to each flock’s level of maturity.


·    Agree on serious projects, so that they may be bound in heaven, as Jesus said.


p Let all members use their spiritual gifts, 1 Corinthians 12.


·    Have groups of limited size, to enhance interaction.


·    Let folks use God-given gifts freely, not to do only what pleases leaders.


·    All serve one another in practical ways, 1 Corinthians12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans12:3-16.


p Lead firmly as humble servants, not as autocrats, Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Peter5:1-4. .


·    Examine one’s motivation to lead and confess any self-importance.


·    Let willing believers help plan projects and do vital ministries.


·    Lead prayerfully and decisively without being bossy, sharing responsibilities with other leaders.


·    Prevent a clique secretly usurping control of a congregation.


p Assess progress in all tasks, Acts 20:28; James 1:22-25.


·    Evaluate results of service for the Lord, not merely efforts.


·    Focus on positive action, not squandering time on chronic problems.


·    Evaluate pastoral trainees’ fieldwork frequently and frankly.


·    Avoid focusing too exclusively on a pet ministry; balance the body.


Train and Mobilize Shepherding Elders.


p Apply the Word to equip believers for edifying ministry, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. .


·    Teach Bible doctrine along with practical Bible duty.


·    Discern crucial differences between the Old and New Covenants.


·    Preach what is currently needed, not merely what fits one’s teaching style.


·    Serve as an example that your apprentices can easily imitate, of a dutiful shepherd.


p Train leaders of new flocks, Mark 3:14; Titus 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:2.


·    Extend mentoring chains as Paul required.


·    Provide pastoral training at all economic and educational levels.


·    Name shepherds according to the qualities that God requires, without requiring degrees where not needed.


p Follow God’s order in the home, Ephesians 5:21 ─ 6:4.


·    Correct children with positive, consistent discipline, without anger.


·    Advise couples with bumpy relationships, and couples planning to wed.


·    Fulfill biblical duties of husbands, wives and children and deal decisively with roots of bitterness .