Church-Planting Team Leaders Checklist
for tracking progress in new churches

New church project location _____________________________________________________

Worker in charge ______________________________________________________________

Telephone and email ___________________________________________________________

Coach who keeps this chart up to date _____________________________________________

Telephone and email ___________________________________________________________


Proclaim the Good News, Make Disciples and Start Daughter Churches

p  Tell others about Jesus’ death and resurrection, and also about what He has done for you.
Luke 24:46-48; 2 Timothy 4:5.

·         Evangelize entire families and networks of friends, with the power that God promised.
Deal with the head of a family first or as soon as possible.

·         Plan upbeat events that help new believers tell friends and relatives what Jesus has done for them.

[ ]  Receive and baptize the repentant; avoiding discouraging delay, Acts 2:38-41.

[ ]  Train disciples above all to obey Jesus’ orders, Matthew 7:24-29; 28:18-20; John 14:15.

·         Let older children disciple and lead younger, serving as role models.

[ ]  Start daughter churches, Acts chapters 13 & 14.

·         Keep flocks multiplying in their normal, biblical way .

·         Send to neglected communities workers who can multiply churches, and hold them accountable.

·         Prepare workers to bond lovingly with people of a different society or culture.


Show Care and Comfort the Troubled

[ ]  Correct offences without condemning, Galatians 6:1-2; Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5.

·         Correct believers’ bad habits without grumbling, gossiping or condemning them.

·         Help persons and families with problems, pain or addictions trust in Jesus’ gracious power.

·         Restore those who stray without delay, following the steps that Jesus prescribed.

·         Forgive, and staunch Satan’s sneaky undercurrents of finicky criticism.

[ ]  Advise and reconcile troubled folk, Philemon.

·         Let courage and faith overcome feelings of guilt, fear and jealousies.

·         Face the world’s hatred without letting it trigger despair and dismay.

·         Agree with one’s spouse on prudent management of family finances and disciplining children.

[ ]  Watch over the flock, ward off apathy and “wolves”, Acts 20:28-31; Titus 3:10-11.

·         Shun those who cause division or discourage others.

Pray, Intercede, and Wage Spiritual Warfare.

[ ] Pray daily alone and with family, 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-18; Genesis 18:20-33.

·         Replace prayers to idols and images with prayer in Jesus’ name.

[ ] Pray for the sick, needy, misled & demonized, Ephesians 6:10-18; James 5:13-18.

·         Rely on the power of Jesus’ name to heal and to discern and cast out evil spirits.

·         Wage spiritual warfare strategically, prepared always for martyrdom.

Give and Be a Good Neighbor to the Needy.

[ ]  Serve the needy, behave as model citizens, Luke 10:25-37; Acts 6:1-6; Galatians 6:9-10.

·         Deal with employers and employees with respect and fairness.

·         Help the poor advance economically without causing dependency.

·         Integrate benevolent development work with other vital ministries.

·         Train deacons to lead those who care for the needy and oppressed.

[ ]  Be stewards of your treasure, talent & time, Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 6:38.

·         Encourage believers to give cheerfully.

·         Verify a benevolence project before contributing to it; avoid frauds.

Worship as a Body; Take Time for Meaningful Fellowship.

[ ]  Worship, fellowship and break bread, Matthew 26:26-28; Hebrews10:25; Acts 2:46; 20:7.

·         Obey New Testament “one another” commandss.

·         Let children take a serious part in worship and church life.

·         Maintain order during worship without discouraging spontaneity.

·         Experience the divine mystery of the bread and cup of Communion.

·         Build loving relationships between new and mature believers.

·         Include worship songs that one can recall and sing during the week.

[ ]  Develop interaction in and between flocks, Romans12:3-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 12.

·         Use spiritual gifts in small groups; heeding the “one another” commands.

·         Respect Christian leaders regardless of social and educational level.

·         Cooperate closely with other flocks in the area, and avoid luring away their members.

Let God Transform you into the Image of His Son.

[ ]  Be transformed by God’s Holy Spirit, Romans 12:1-2.

·         Live by faith without seeking constant signs from God to bolster it.

·         Explain original sin, its consequence for all, and why the risen Christ is our only hope for life.

·         Let the Holy Spirit sanctify, and cultivate “fruit of the Spirit,” Galatians 5:16-23.

·         Stop any gossip before it spreads..

·         Pound one’s ego down as often as it asserts itself, with God’s “hammer”.

Oversee Flocks and Organize Ministries.

[ ]  Agree with coworkers on objectives and plans, Philippians 2:2; Acts 15:22-31.

·         Keep church bylaws general, to adapt to new situations and to each flock’s level of maturity.

·         Agree on serious projects, so that they may be bound in heaven, as Jesus said.

[ ] Let all members use their spiritual gifts, 1 Corinthians 12.

·         Have groups of limited size, to enhance interaction.

·         Let folks use God-given gifts freely, not to do only what pleases leaders.

·         All serve one another in practical ways, 1 Corinthians12; Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans12:3-16.

[ ]  Lead firmly as humble servants, not as autocrats, Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Peter5:1-4. .

·         Examine one’s motivation to lead and confess any self-importance.

·         Let willing believers help plan projects and do vital ministries.

·         Lead prayerfully and decisively without being bossy, sharing responsibilities with other leaders.

·         Prevent a clique secretly usurping control of a congregation.

[ ]  Assess progress in all tasks, Acts 20:28; James 1:22-25.

·         Evaluate results of service for the Lord, not merely efforts.

·         Focus on positive action, not squandering time on chronic problems.

·         Evaluate pastoral trainees’ fieldwork frequently and frankly.

·         Avoid focusing too exclusively on a pet ministry; balance the body.

Train and Mobilize Shepherding Elders.

[ ]  Apply the Word to equip believers for edifying ministry, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. .

·         Teach Bible doctrine along with practical Bible duty.

·         Discern crucial differences between the Old and New Covenants.

·         Preach what is currently needed, not merely what fits one’s teaching style.

·         Serve as an example that your apprentices can easily imitate, of a dutiful shepherd.

[ ]  Train leaders of new flocks, Mark 3:14; Titus 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:2.

·         Extend mentoring chains as Paul required.

·         Provide pastoral training at all economic and educational levels.

·         Name shepherds according to the qualities that God requires, without requiring degrees where not needed.

[ ]  Follow God’s order in the home, Ephesians 5:21 ─ 6:4.

·         Correct children with positive, consistent discipline, without anger.

·         Advise couples with bumpy relationships, and couples planning to wed.

·         Fulfill biblical duties of husbands, wives and children and deal decisively with roots of bitterness .