Planting a church with DOVE
DOVE International is a church planting movement, and our desire is to plant churches throughout the USA and the nations. We plant churches using the small group model. Our goal is to assist churches in planting churches but we realize there may be times that we assist an individual or small group in establishing a church plant.
We focus on three areas in assisting a church planter.
1. Assessment – We have the tools available to help in the discernment process of determining the call, gifts and ability of the potential planter(s). The church the planter is called to plant may be a “house church” meeting in a home and gathering periodically for times of worship and fellowship with other house churches in the region. Or, the planter may be called to establish a larger venue meeting weekly for worship and fellowship and gathering in small groups in homes during the week.
2. Training – We have a school available in a nine weekend intensive format in Lititz , Pennsylvania . This school covers a larger parameter of material to equip the planter with resources needed to plant a church. One weekend is devoted to church planting alone that we encourage all potential planters to attend. The school is available in a correspondence format on DVD and can also be purchased in its entirety. For more information on the school, follow the link for “training” or call our offices. To plant a church with DOVE USA, we do require some training from this school.
3. Coaching – A real life coach can be provided to the church planter who desires to have this benefit. This is not to be confused with apostolic oversight. The coach comes alongside the planter and assists with vision development, time frames, and plan development. They can walk alongside the planter and work with the overseer to assist in the development and planting of the new work. This coach is part of the church plant until local elders can be established.
Our goal is for “churches to reproduce churches” so everything that is mentioned here aims to assist the local church leader in planting the new church. We build by relationship, so for someone who is not part of the DOVE family of churches, we require a process before the church can be planted under the oversight of DOVE International. In some cases, there may be an engagement process if the potential church planter is not from an existing DOVE church.