In Paul's ministry in the book of Acts, from chapters 13 to 28, twelve church planting strategies can be seen. The aim was to preach the gospel where Christ had not been announced and to plant churches. Let us look at Paul’s strategies.

 

  1. Introduce oneself into a local group through a person or group who were welcoming to him, willing to hear him (Ac 16:13-15, 17:1-4).

  1. Identify the best environment for preaching the gospel, whether public as in a synagogue, or private, as in a home (Ac 14: 1; 18: 1-3).

  2. Evangelize in an abundant and intentional way, starting from the promise of the Messiah or Creation, always ending in Christ, his cross and resurrection (Ac 13:16-41; Ac 17:16-31).

  3. Teach the Bible, above all, the Bible. To present it so that the listeners can understand and apply it (Ac 14:14-18; 17:23).

  4. Witness what Christ has done in your life (Ac 22:1-21; 26:4-23).

  5. Disciple, inserting new converts into church life, fellowship with other brothers and sisters (Ac 18:18-23, 20:2).

  6. Identify potential leaders and invest in their lives (Ac 16:1-5; 18:1-4).

  7. Don’t move too far from the churches that were planted, visiting them and communicating with them, investing in the teaching of the Word (Ac 19:21-22; 20:1-3).

  8. Pray for the brothers and sisters, the planted churches and the gentiles who do not know Christ, leading the churches also to pray (Ac 20:36; 22:17).

  9. Administer criticism, opposition and competitiveness without allowing it to distract from the focus on evangelism (Ac 15:1, 6, 22; 20: 1; 26: 21-23).
  10. Invest in the local lay people in establishing and serving the church (Ac 16:1-3; Ac 16:11, 14, 40).

  11. Be accountable to others in your life and ministry (Ac 15:2; 20: 17; 21:17-18).

I suggest that these strategies and practices of Paul should be considered, encouraging each church planter to reflect on his life and ministry.

 

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