Church Planting

The POA wants all of our congregations to be involved in church planting in at least one of these three ways:

  • Patron – offering prayer and financial support
  • Partner – joining with a few other churches to jointly plant a church, perhaps through the developing ministry networks
  • Planter – a church would develop a mother/daughter relationship to plant a church

In all three cases, the Presbytery, through our Church Planting Team (as part of the Church Development Team) will provide its support in fostering good church planting practices. Be in prayer about how your church can be involved.

We encourage you to listen to a short video from Rev. Dr. Tim Keller (click here) on the need for every church to be involved in church planting.

If you're an interested congregation or a potential church planter, contact Marc de Jeu (POA Church Plant Team facilitator).

Church Planting Partnership with Trinity School for Ministry 

This new initiative is for the training and equipping of church planters and for heightening awareness within our member churches of the biblical grounds and missional importance of church planting. 

October 13, 2018 - Church Planting Exploration 
Three sessions on Saturday, open to Pastors, Students, Elders, and other church leaders, encouraging churches to either be a parent, partner or patron of church planting.

Detailed Schedule for the day

January 2019 - Mission and Evangelism in Church Planting
A one week, 10-session intensive class for those seriously discerning church planting. 
(We would require someone to attend an approved Assessment Center before taking the following intensive but exceptions may be allowed based on scheduling etc.)

June 2019 (June Term) Church Planting Intensive
A one week, 10-session class, serving as the final preparation for being sent to the mission field of church planting. Formerly referred to as 'church planting boot camp', the bulk of this intensive would be from the existing course ?Models and Mission in Church planting? along with the best of other trainings such as Global Church Advancement. 

Final details are still TBD, but to learn how you can participate in this partnership, either as a prospective church planter or a POA congregation considering investing in church planting, contact Marc de Jeu (POA Church Plant Team Facilitator) at