Church Multiplication Team
¨ Assist in assessing the need for new church starts and missional communities in Knox County;
¨ Assist in assessing, preparing, and coaching church leaders for new churches and missional communities in Knox County;
¨ Assist in assessing, preparing, and coaching planters from Knox County churches to start new churches in areas of need across North America;
¨ Assist in identifying and developing opportunities for language and ethnic churches to connect with the Knox County network of Baptists
Team Leader: Jason Hayes, Pastor of Shoreline Church
KCAB Multiplication Team – New Church Assimilation Plan for Membership
First Benchmark – Take time with the new churches to explain a big picture overview of the SBC, TBC, and KCAB. Included with this would be a doctrinal overview of the KCAB doctrinal statement as well as the new church’s doctrinal statement. The Multiplication Team will be tasked to ensure that the KCAB constitution is upheld, which states that there is harmony between the church’s doctrinal statement and the Baptist Faith and Message, as well as ensuring that there are no concerns from the new church in regards to the KCAB doctrinal statement. Once the new church and the Multiplication Team both feel like there is doctrinal harmony between the two and a mutual desire to continue toward partnership, the second benchmark will be pursued.
Second Benchmark – The point of this benchmark is to raise awareness of KCAB ministries, with the ultimate goal of helping the new church partner with KCAB in areas of mission and ministry that align with the new church’s calling and gifting. To assist with this, a vision trip to KCAB ministries will make up the second benchmark. This could include Montgomery Village, Western Heights, BCM, Camp BaYoCa, church plants, revitalized churches, Project Knox opportunities, or other missions and ministry initiatives of KCAB. This would also be an opportunity to invite current KCAB pastors from churches that are not as active in partnering with the Association.
Third Benchmark – Having been exposed to the ministry and missions opportunities KCAB is involved with, the goal of this benchmark is to help the new church get involved. This would be best served as a one-on-one discussion with the pastor and/or church leadership to discover the church’s passions, gifting, calling, and desires. What is the church already doing that aligns with the network of churches in the Association? How can other churches help them? How can they help other churches? What ministries could benefit from their partnership, and how could their church benefit from the ministry partnerships? Additionally, opportunities for the new church and pastor to be involved in meetings, team membership, planning Association events and initiatives, etc. will be shared. The goal of this session is to establish a partnership revolving around mission and ministry rather than just financial support.
Fourth Benchmark – Having identified doctrinal harmony and shared mission, the final benchmark is to establish financial partnership. The new church will indicate a level of intended financial support on a consistent basis to KCAB as a response to their desire and calling to be partnered with this network in reaching Knox County for Christ.
The goal of these benchmarks is to establish a process that does not revolve around a timeline. In some instances it make take weeks or months to accomplish a certain benchmark depending on the dynamics of the church being considered. In other instances, the benchmarks may progress far quicker or in multiples. For example, a church may indicate in one setting how they want to be involved on a missional level and what their financial partnership will be. However, the benchmarks are laid out in this way to provide clear markers for when a church should be presented for membership. It also provides clear points to evaluate along the way for both the new church and the Association if the watchcare portion of this process is to be continued. However, it is the recommendation of this team that the term be altered – even if not in the constitution, but in only day-to-day business – to be more relevant to our current process and intentions.