The Elm Street Baptist Church in Sweet Home, Oregon hopes to host a School of Church Planting on February 27-28, 2014. For the school to be held both the church and the ARBCA Church Planting Committee agree that there needs to be 15 registered by January 15, 2014. All registrations will be online. Online registration will be available by December 2, 2013.
Elm Street Baptist Church
P O Box 461
1150 Elm Street
Sweet Home, OR 97386
Telephone: (541) 409-6154
Cost: $30.00 per person
Deadline: The School will be held only if 15 register by January 15, 2014. Please register today but do not send any money or make travel arrangements until you are notified.
Any registration submitted after February 21, 2014 must pay an additional $10.00 late fee (per person). The registration fee covers the cost of lunch and 2 coffee breaks, as well as materials. Each person is responsible for the cost of travel.
The closest airport is in Eugene, OR. Elm Street will provide transportation from there and back if needed.
The Portland International Airport is often less expensive to fly into, but it is over 2 hours away. However there is a shuttle service that makes regular trips between the Portland airport and Albany. Elm Street can provide transportation from the drop off point. http://www.hutshuttle.com
Housing and Hotel Accommodations:
Elm Street Baptist Church will provide housing on a first come first serve basis.
The recommended hotel in Sweet Home is the
Sweet Home Inn.
805 Long St
Sweet Home, OR 97386
It is very close to the church and is a good clean place.
If you fly into Portland and take the shuttle you may want to stay in Albany and Elm Street will provide transportation to and from the church. Albany is not far away and has the nicest hotels.
Phoenix Inn in Albany is where the shuttle stops and is a good hotel.
3410 Spicer Dr SE
Albany OR 97322
School of Church Planting Schedule and Speakers
Thursday – February 27, 2014
Introduction: Doug Van Dorn
7:00 PM Session 1: “Theology of Church Planting” – Jim Renihan
This session will address the Biblical basis of church planting and the method as illustrated from the New Testament.
Friday – February 28, 2014
8:15 AM – Devotions – Jim Dundas
8:45 AM Session 2: “Cultivating Men for Church Planting” – Steve Martin
This session will address the need to cultivate and train men for church planting.
9:30 AM Session 3: “Q & A on Training Men for Church Planting”
(Moderator: Doug Van Dorn – Participants: Jim Renihan, Nick Kennicott, Steve Martin)
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Session 4: “Models and Methods of Church Planting” – Gordon Taylor
This session will address the various ways that churches are planted. About 15 minutes will be reserved for a Q & A.
11:30 AM Session 5: Panel Discussion on the Sending Church & the Church Planter
(Moderator: Hank Rast – Participants: John Miller, Doug Van Dorn) (10 minutes each) The panel will discuss the need for the sending church to care for the church planter and the kind of relationship that must exist between the church planter and the sending church. Discussion and questions will be encouraged.
12:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Session 6: Panel Discussion on Confessional Unity & Diversity
(Moderator: Doug Van Dorn – Participants: Jim Renihan, Gordon Taylor) The confessional stance of the Association will be explained stressing those matters that are most surely believed among us and also explaining the differences that may legitimately exist among our churches while still holding to a common understanding of the 1689 Second London Confession. A Q & A time will be included in this session.
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Session7: Panel Discussion on Hazards and Encouragements for the church planter, the new church and the sending church.
(Moderator: Doug Van Dorn: Participants: Jim Dundas, Gordon Taylor – (Each participant will have 15 minutes to allow time for the “forum” i.e. questions, etc) Jim Dundas will speak from his own experience about the dangers that commonly attend a new church plant. Gordon Taylor will speak of the encouragements that come from planting a new church. Discussion and questions will be encouraged.
3:30 PM Session 8: “Panel Discussion on Practical Matters in Church Planting”
(Moderator: Doug Van Dorn – Participants – Gordon Taylor, Hank Rast, Brad Swygard) Among the questions addressed in this session will be: How does a church planter learn and adapt to the culture in which he is ministering? How does a church planter screen potential members in a new church situation being aware of those who may come with an agenda and at the same time being sensitive to those who know little of the Reformed faith but may be teachable? What are the legal issues of which the church planter needs to be aware? Discussion and questions will be encouraged.
4:25 PM Closing Summary & Prayer
4:30 PM Adjourn
School of Church Planting 2014 Brochure