Church Planting and Revitalization

Church Planting for new churches and Revitalization of already existing Kentucky Ministry Network Assemblies of God churches are priority for our KYAG Fellowship and for our Superintendent and Presbytery leaders.  We are actively searching and praying for God-called men and women, couples, and teams, with a heart and passions to plant Kentucky’s next great churches in this missions-minded Movement and International Fellowship, the Assemblies of God.

We want to plant churches. Let’s talk about You and Your team planting a new Assembly of God Church in Kentucky. Call Superintendent Joseph S. Girdler at 502-241-7111 and email him at: jsgirdler@kyag.org. Also, you can contact Church Planting Director, Pastor Terry Crigger using the information to the right.

Our primary target areas are first metropolitan areas/the largest population areas of our state:

1. Louisville
2. Northern KY near Cincinnati
3. Lexington

Terry Crigger waist up
Terry Crigger, Pastor
Christ’s Chapel Assembly of God
3819 Turfway Road
Erlanger, Kentucky 41018
tcrigger@christschapel.net
859-317-3787

Then, of course, we desire to plant an AG church in each County or City across our state that presently may not have an Assembly of God church in existence.  Then, no doubt, we are open as well to hearing from the planters who contact us about a particular city/community to which they feel led to plant.

Statistics Regarding the Church and Church Planting

Ed Stetzer has written of previous research on Planting. Some things he’s written can bring insight to the planning process. Here’s some common characteristics in fast-growing churches. For this study, Gray (author)  compared 60 fast-growing church-plants and 52 struggling church-plants and found important differences. In successful church-plants:

  • 88% had church planting teams
  • 63.3% had a core group of 26 to 75 people
  • 75% used a contemporary style of worship
  • 80% put ten percent or more of their budgets toward outreach and evangelism
  • 16.8% had a higher rate of full-time pastors than struggling church-plants
  • 63% of fast- growing plants, compared to 23% of those that were struggling, raised additional funding.

He also found that:

  • Planters leading fast-growing church plants revealed a higher Ridley Assessment Score than those leading struggling church plants.
  • 78.3 percent of fast-growing church planters were full-time rather than bi- vocational. Only 61.5 percent of struggling church planters were full-time.
  • 88.3 percent of church planters involved in fast-growing church plants were a part of a church planting team. Only 11.5 percent of planters involved in struggling church plants had a church planting team.
  • Fast-growing church plants had multiple paid staff. Two paid staff members was a majority among these church plants.
  • A majority of fast-growing church plants utilized two or more volunteer staff as part of the church planting team prior to public launch.
  • Fast-growing church plants had a larger number of individuals involved in the core group prior to launch. While struggling church plants had twenty five or less in a core group, fast-growing church plants had between twenty-six and fifty.
  • Fast-growing church plants utilized more seed families than struggling church plants.
  • Fast-growing church plants used both preview services and small groups to build the initial core group.
  • Fast-growing church plants that used preview services used three or more of these services prior to public launch. A large contingent of these churches used over five.
  • 75 percent of fast-growing churches had over 101 attendees at their first service. By contrast, 80.4 of struggling church plants had 100 or less.
  • Fast-growing church plants had children and teen ministries in place at time of ministries and offered at least three ministry opportunities to first-time attendees.
  • Fast-growing church plants used a contemporary style of worship far more often than struggling church plants.
  • 56.7 percent of fast-growing church plants taught financial stewardship during the first six months from public launch. By contrast only 38.5 percent of struggling church plants taught financial stewardship.
  • 80 percent of fast-growing church plants gave 10 percent or more of their monthly budget toward outreach and evangelism. Only 42.3 percent of struggling church plants give over 10 percent of their monthly income to outreach and evangelism.
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