Praying – The L10-2 Prayer Initiative
Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which all our churches are built, and prayer is the key to building on that foundation. In Luke 10-2, the Lord Jesus directed us this way: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into his harvest fields.” This verse is the basis for our name: L10-2. Our L10-2 intercessory prayer team, close to 200 souls and growing, prays daily for identified specific needs of our church planters, mission teams, and plants, and also asks the Lord to show us how else to pray for them. We also send out teams of intercessors to neighborhoods and cities that have been targeted by the L10-2 team for new plants. They walk the area, discerning and soliciting the prayer needs of that community, which are then turned over to the planter. If you would like to be a part of our L10-2 prayer team, or have specific prayer requests for us, please contact Tim Howe at [email protected].
Targeting strategic cities and peoples for plants
We have identified many ripe locations within the Mid-Atlantic region that we are targeting for new church plants in the Anglican tradition. We are gathering key demographic data on those locations. Targeted locations can be found on this regional map. We invite interested lay and ordained people to use and pray over this information while considering planting in our region. We are more than open to planting elsewhere in our region. We are also targeting languages other than English for plants. More information is available to potential planters who are discerning any of these calls; contact us here.
Recruiting Planters and Teams
If you think you may be called to help plant a church in the Mid-Atlantic region, we want to talk to you! We are looking for gifted planters, both lay and ordained. We are also looking for those called to come alongside planters on planting teams. We welcome inquiries. Click here to apply, and here to contact us.
Assessing potential planters
We have developed an in-depth assessment process for those who are considering planting a church with us. We begin with an initial telephone interview and completion of our online application, and a brief questionnaire. Email Jenni Bartling at the Titus Institute for Church Planting: [email protected] If these are positive, we ask for two additional on-line assessment tools, followed by an in-person interview with the candidate and spouse. We may also ask for a day and a half of group work with other candidates. Following complete assessment, the Titus Institute writes a written report with recommendations and possible coaching focuses. For more info, see below on this page under “Process to Plant – Discernment and Assessment.” You may begin the process by calling us, or by filling out the Application form on this website. Click here to apply.
– Boot camps: We sponsor our own church planting “boot camps” for planters, their spouses and other members of their launch teams. We also refer planters to other excellent boot camps depending on the timing of the need. These required four-day boot camps provide in-depth training in the basics of how to start a church, and help planter teams to map out a strategy for launch.
– Training for Interns and Residents: We hold regular training events for our interns and residents, who learn together.
– Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry training: We participate in annual cohorts of those interested in missional outreach training. This is a cross-denominational learning community of accountability, and these cohorts often continue meeting after their one year commitment. This year’s cohort consists of Baptist, Anglican, Nazarene, and Christian and Missionary Alliance leaders.
We require our planters to have a certified coach who walks with them through their process of planting. Typically, the planter and coach meet twice a month for one hour on a Skype call. Coaching is a process that allows the planter to process his learning and challenges with a coach who typically has church planting experience. The coaching relationship provides a safe environment for the planter to ask questions and explore options with an experienced and impartial third party. The Diocese pays for coaching.
The Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic’s church planting internship program helps to place interns who are exploring church planting with participating congregations in the diocese, which often take place in the summer. Internships are primarily geared towards seminarians who have an interest in church planting and have also demonstrated competent leadership in an established church setting. Interns must provide much of their own financial support for the duration of their three to six month internships. The purpose of the program is to provide a mentored experience in missional outreach and start-up ministries for those interested in church planting. Interns receive training individually in their congregations, and together as a group. Click here for more information on planting internships.
Resident candidates are lay or clergy, often recent graduates of seminaries, who believe they have a call to plant an Anglican worshiping community. Residents are placed in church plants or in existing congregations that desire to support planting. Residents typically raise most of their financial support for 18-24 months. The purpose of the program is to prepare future planters with the experience and skills they will need to plant a church. Residents will receive practical instruction and experience in missional outreach and start-up ministries, church leadership, culminating in the planting of a new congregation. Residents receive training individually in their congregations, and together as a group. Click here for more information on planting residency.
There are a number of avenues and opportunities for church planters to come together locally, regionally, and nationally. We encourage and support our planters to attend such national gatherings as Always Forward and the Exponential Church Planting Conference. Locally, the L10-2 Team is a resource for networking and support. We sponsor Fresh Expressions learning cohorts, regional planters meetings, as well as other local gatherings and workshops for church planters at our annual synod and other times of the year. For more, click on Resources/Events on this site.
Planters are expected to raise most of their own support through traditional means of fund raising. Often, planters are bi-vocational, taking other income-generating work to support the ministry. We encourage our planters and missionaries to complete Bill Dillon’s People Raising materials, and we occasionally hold training events where we deliver this content. Check our schedule for coming events. Our vision for church planting includes allocating a significant portion of our budget towards the coaching, training and support of church planters. This financial support is available through a grant process administered by the L10-2 Team and the Great Commission Committee. Click here for the Guidelines for Funding Requests.
Come alongside Congregations desiring to plant
In accord with the 1-2-3 Challenge, we encourage all our congregations to help plant churches. We seek rectors and congregations that desire to partner with the Diocese to help plant new churches with them. We have consistent success with the Mother-Daughter model of planting and encourage all churches to consider it themselves. We also encourage existing congregations to sponsor or adopt new plants. We encourage you to contact our planters to explore options for supporting them; planters’ contact info is found here. We resource Rectors and congregations with training, coaching, planting interns, planting residents, limited funding, and other resources.