New Church Starts


Trying to equip planting teams for success? 

Once you find the right leaders, locations, and resources to get started, it's important to equip planters and their teams for successful new church launches. Event-based training, ongoing coaching, and relevant planting tools enable teams to move forward together. 

When possible, we recommend connecting high-potential planters with successful planting teams or vital, established congregations before they begin their work as lead planters. This on-the-job training will provide some of the best equipping they can get. In addition, we encourage planting stakeholders to assign a qualified new church development coach to each new church project for at least three years.

In this area of the site, look for these resources: 

  • Details about the Lay Missionary Planting Network
  • Planter Training Events, like the School of Congregational Development, Launchpad, and Navigate 2019.
  • New Developer Orientation: Calling all rookie church developers at a conference or district level in the UMC! Path 1 is excited to partner with the Arkansas Conference for our New Developer Orientation. It will be held in Little Rock beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. through Thursday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. Click here to register. We are looking forward to sharing best practices for you to use in your setting and hope you will sign up for this exciting event. Click here to complete our survey so the design team can answer all of your questions during our time together.

Looking for something else? Have an event you want to list on our calendar? Got an equipping idea or tool to share? Contact us