The vigorous continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. 
- Dr. Tim Keller, "Why Plant New Churches?" 


CHURCH PLANTING RESOURCES

The following is an ever-growing list of resources our team has created for the encouragement, edification and equipping of the saints of Downtown Cornerstone Church. (Eph 4:11-16) We hope they serve you and your church well. 

SERVING

Community Lead Description
Community Lead Application
Deacon Primer & Process
Volunteer Background Check
Ministry Descriptions

GROWING

Discipleship Group Starter
Recommended Reading List
Combined Navigator + M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

PLANTING

Launch Documents
This document is a compilation of the various resources we created, synthesized or adapted during the Launch Community development phase (June-Dec 2010) of Downtown Cornerstone Church.

Vision Document
This booklet was created in the initial phase of planting to help cast a vision for this new work and call others to join us on mission here in Seattle.

Sex Offender Policy
The Downtown Cornerstone Church Sex Offender Policy is designed to protect families, members, visitors and “Sex Offenders” by encouraging accountability, full-disclosure, and compliance with the laws of Washington State.

RECENT POSTS UNDER "PLANTING"

Life in the Story

There isn't a lot out there to encourage church planters. Advice? Yes. Correction? Yes. Coaching? Yes. Comparing? Yes. Mocking? Sometimes. Encouragement? Not really. Some may say, "Well, if you're a church planter you shouldn't need kudos to stay the course." There's some truth to that, but that's not what encouragement is about. To en-courage is "to put courage into". Yes, our ultimate source of encouragement is the Chief Planter. Yet, the primary means by which we receive and experience his encouragement is through His people - especially from others who are in the trenches with you. So, to all my fellow church planters, this is my encouragement to you, as one among you.

BOOKS

These are my top ten church planting recommendations, though not necessarily in any order as each has a unique focus:

Center Church, Tim Keller
Church Planter, Darren Patrick
Planting Missional Churches, Ed Stetzer
First Steps, Gary Rohrmeyer
Discovering Church Planting, JR Payne
Beyond Church Planting, Logan & Cole
Redeemer Church Planting Manual
GCA Church Planting Manual

Launch, Nelson Searcy
Church in the Making, Ben Arment

CONFERENCES

GCA Church Planting Conference (Highly recommend)
Acts 29 Boot Camp (dates/locations vary)
Soma School (dates/locations vary)

OTHER

Jonathan Dodson's Tools for Missional Church (Highly recommend)
Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.
— C. Peter Wagner, Strategic Growth, p168
I find there are three stages in every great work of God: first its impossible, then its difficult, then its done.
— J. Hudson Taylor