Four Characteristics of Church Planting
- Baptist: We are historic, independent Baptists by doctrinal position and church polity. Since it is our conviction that this historic position is biblical, we purpose to plant churches functioning in this pattern.
- Indigenous: We believe in the indigenous principle, meaning that it is not my desire to pastor Ghanaian churches, but to establish local churches by a biblical, reproducible pattern of evangelism, discipleship, and intensive hands on local church training of faithful, teachable, and qualified men.
- Autonomous: We believe that each church that we seek to plant should be autonomous (self-governing). With this conviction, we seek to labor tediously in the theological and practical training of faithful, teachable, and qualified men in the classroom and local church.
- Self-supporting: We believe that no local church is truly autonomous, reproducible, and indigenous if it is financially dependent upon American missionary funds. We desire to immediately teach our people the importance of supporting their pastoral leadership financially and making fiscally responsible decisions with the purchases of land and buildings.
Three Phases of Church Planting
- Evangelism: We believe that without careful evangelism, there will be no long term discipleship, church planting, or training of men for ministry. Our desire is not to boast of great numbers, but to be faithful and diligent in the accurate, proclamation of the Gospel message. We believe in the power of the Gospel and are willing to depend upon the Spirit alone as we proclaim this message. We recognize that it is God who yields the increase, and we are confident that He will do that as we are faithful with His Word. We plan to evangelize through four different avenues: daily living in Ghana, adult and teen evangelistic Bible studies, street evangelism, school evangelism, and youth Bible clubs.
- Discipleship: We believe that the Great Commission involves far more than evangelism. Training knowledgeable, committed followers of Christ is the focus of our church planting ministry. We believe that through thorough discipleship, we believe we will see permanence to the work and exponential growth. We pray that God will raise up faithful, teachable men after the pattern of II Timothy 2:2.
- Bible school training: While we desire to serve the Lord for many years in Ghana, we realize that our lives are but a vapor. Our desire is that our vapor of a life will have generations of biblical influence as the Lord tarries before His return. That will only happen if we are diligent in the training of teachable, faithful, and qualified men whom God will raise up and place in the ministry. We are planning to team with the Colbert family, another couple from our sending church in this aspect of the ministry. It is our conviction that this training both theologically and practically will be accomplished best through a local church Bible School.