Churches that are established following the biblical pattern set forth by the Apostles and first century missionaries will manifest “indigeneity.” The term “indigenous” is a biological term used to describe a plant that thrives in a specific environment, type of soil, in a given location or climate. At present time there is much lip service given to the starting and establishing of “indigenous churches.” Unfortunately many times even those most adamant about this principle and philosophy, in every day practice undermine or violate the principle as set forth in Acts 14 and Ephesians 4:10. The failure to follow biblical guidelines and patterns has led to the establishment of mission churches that are not self-governing, self-supporting or self-propagating. Churches started and established according to New Testament teachings will be able to exist and flourish without the foreign direction, subsidy and propping up which characterizes mission churches on so many fields.
About the Author
He graduated from Dan McCarty High School in 1961 and ultimately earned a B.A. degree with a major in Bible from Tennessee Temple College in Chattanooga, TN. He and Patsy Deitz were married in July of 1965. In 1967 they were approved as missionaries to serve with Baptist International Missions, Inc (BIMI) in Central America. They served as church-planting missionaries in Central America from August, 1968 until November, 1979. It was during those years that they gained much personal experience as church planters. They returned to the USA in 1979 because of the war in El Salvador.
During the past 40 plus years they have continued to serve with BIMI in various capacities. Though Brother Green has been a Director with BIMI, their main concern and passion has been for the ministry among Hispanics in the USA and some in Latin America. Church Planting has been a priority. Presently Dr. Green is Hispanic Ministries Representative and Aviation Ministries Director for the Mission. Brother Green has also written several additional books, including translations from English into Spanish.
The Greens have two children Susan Michelle Culler and Timothy Wayne Green. They also have six grandchildren (Danielle, Hunter, Logan, Natalie, Hannah (and Mitch) and Joshua (and Gabby), and two great grandchildren (Trevor and Brooklyn of Hannah and Mitch Feliciano).
Table of Contents
DEDICATED TO: 3
TABLE OF CONTENTS 9
COURSE DESCRIPTION 15
COURSE OBJECTIVE 15
CHAPTER ONE: CHURCH PLANTING: 21
CHAPTER TWO: PRE-CHURCH PLANTING MINISTRY CONSIDERATIONS:30
CHAPTER THREE: WHERE SHOULD NEW CHURCHES BE PLANTED? 44
CHAPTER FOUR: PREPARATIONS FOR CHURCH PLANTING 56
CHAPTER FIVE: TEACHING AND PREACHING 57
CHAPTER SIX: THE PLAN FOR CHURCH PLANTING 77
CHAPTER SEVEN: REPETITION AIDS IN LEARNING 86
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE ORGANIZATION OF THE LOCAL CHURCH 106
CHAPTER NINE: THE ADMINISTRATION OF A NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH 132
CHAPTER TEN: MISSIONS: WORLD EVANGELIZATION 170
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE LOCAL CHURCH FINANCES & STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM 201
CHAPTER TWELVE: THE CHURCH FACILITIES 205
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: PITFALLS OR DANGERS IN THE CHURCH PLANTING MINISTRY 209
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: THE FINISHED TASK: A NEW CHURCH PLANTED 215
QUESTIONS – STUDY GUIDE 222
RECOMMENDED READING: 231
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 237