Plant NC is a fast growing network focused on making disciples through the healthy planting of churches. To ensure that pastors are equipped, coached and networked effectively, we are decentralized into regions across the state. The local churches in that region are then mobilized, connected and strengthened to be unified on mission to see other churches planted in geographical proximity.
Plant NC regional coordinators and leaders share ownership and lead the vision of Plant NC together. This approach facilitates greater contextualization and application of the gospel within each region.
Regions provide ideal environments for coaching, peer-to-peer learning, greater accountability and the equipping and training of church planters in the various responsibilities of church leadership.
Regionals are a time and place for pastors and church planters to learn, find support and encouragement from a like minded community as they join together to labor in each region. The key problems of unfaithfulness and unfruitfulness are solved by this unified work in the gospel in each region.
Six Primary Purposes of Regionals
Coaching environments will create a culture where pastors are challenged and held accountable as we help them develop into more effective leaders through the Five M’s.
Plant NC believes that the most natural place from which church planting should originate is the local church. One of the defining characteristics of Plant NC is the desire to equip planters and pastors of existing churches to plant churches through many avenues of training.
The Regional Gatherings will allow Plant NC to form strategic and collaborative partnerships to plant churches in a region, as well as provide a network of friendships.
The assessment process (for church planters and pastors of established churches) will radically help to ensure a higher quality of qualified church planter for NC through the adoption of this assessment process.
- Church Planting Residencies
The training ground for church planting is the local church. Plant NC Partner churches will offer church planting residencies to train future planters in order to be better equipped and more highly effective as they lead their future churches.
- Church Planting
The five purposes previously mentioned will be catalytic in developing a church planting culture within our Network.
Regionals provide for Plant NC partners, affiliates and friends the following key benefits:
- Create an environment for leaders outside the network to be served by Plant NC
- Further the vision of Plant NC and the mission of God in the Great Commission
- Foster peer to peer learning opportunities
- Networking opportunities for churches outside Plant NC
- Foster peer to peer friendships, particular for lead pastors and planters
- Build trust and accountability among pastors within a region
- Form strategic and collaborative partnerships to plant churches in a region.
The Five M's
As a network, we focus on training and equipping in five areas that we believe are core to a pastor.
Plant NC believes that the health and progress of church planters and churches alike are determined by the centrality of the gospel. The gospel lies at the heart of everything we do and functions as a hermeneutic and grid through which we evaluate everything we do. We believe the gospel cannot be assumed, truncated, shelved, or marginalized at any point in the existence of the local church. More than anything else, we desire to train church planters who love the gospel, preach the gospel, share the gospel, and stand on the gospel as the source of their hope, ground for their confidence, and cause for perseverance in the journey of planting, establishing, and reproducing more gospel-centered churches.
Plant NC believes that scripture determines what a biblically qualified and called man of God looks like as he plants and pastors Jesus' church (1 Timothy 3.1-7; Titus1. 5-9; 1 Peter 5.1-4). Therefore, the lead planter must at least meet these minimal qualifications if he hopes to to plant a church that honors God. The Lead Elder is setting the precedent for what faithful and fruitful pastoral leadership looks like. When Jesus pours out his grace to plant a church, he begins by pouring out his grace on a man who is aware that God's grace is on him for a purpose, a calling, and a mission.
Plant NC believes that one of the greatest ministries and gifts that you impart to your church, is the way the way that a pastor loves and leads his family. The Apostle Paul says it this way in 1 Timothy 3.4-5: "He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?" It is imperative that each pastor have a plan for his family to accomplish what God has appointed him to do. Men who are gospel-centered lead their wives and children in a manner worthy of the gospel, who then lead Jesus' church with gospel centrality.
Plant NC desires to harness the missionary zeal for the advance of the local church through church planting. We do not see mission as a department of the church but essential with the nature of the church. Mission is not something we do, it is something we are. As a sent people, we seek to be a catalyst for equipping churches to embrace this sending through bringing greater alignment for church multiplication. As a network of churches, we seek to incorporate a full-orbed vision of God’s mission that encompasses the entirety of church life. God’s mission, coupled with God’s church and the gospel, are woven together as the DNA of why we exist.
Plant NC is not a methods based network. Nor do we believe that methodology should ever drive and determine the theology of a church. Rather, the methodology that a church embraces must flow out of our understanding of who Jesus is, how we structure church leadership to most effectively be God's mission to our culture, to the ministry methods by which we contextualize the gospel to our communities. Methods answers the question of how we can most effectively expand God's Kingdom where are sent. When we properly understand the gospel, each context will determine the best praxis on how we will bring the gospel to bear upon people who do not know Jesus.
Five Regions in Plant NC
There are currently five regions operating within Plant NC:
When: Meets monthly on the first Tuesday from 10.30AM-12.30PM.
Where: Fellowship Raleigh – 1653 Tillery Pl, Raleigh 27604.
Contact: Lead Pastor Matt Schoolfield of Fellowship Raleigh for information.
Who: This region is for Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, and surrounding areas.
When: Meets quarterly on the third Thursday from 10AM-12PM.
Where: Integrity Church Offices, Greenville 27858.
Contact: Lead Pastor Ben Tugwell of Integrity Church for information.
Who: This region is for all areas surrounding Greenville within an hour.
When: Meets monthly on the third Thursday from 10AM-12PM.
Where: Bethel UMC - 2390 Bethel Church Road, Winston-Salem NC 27103.
Contact: Plant NC Director Will Plitt for information.
Who: This region is for WS, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding areas.
When: Meets monthly on the last Thursday from 10AM-12PM.
Where: Java Journey: 2149 North Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601
Contact: Pastor of Axis Church for information.
Who: This is for the Morganton, Hickory, Taylorsville, Newton/Connover, Asheville area region of NC.
N. Charlotte Region
When: Meets monthly on the last Thursday from 1.30 - 3.30PM
Where: Barnes and Noble in Huntersville
Contact: Pastor of Providence Church for information.
Who: This region is covers the greater Charlotte area.