World Reach is committed to “reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ through the local church“. Church planting is, therefore, a major part of our ministry and one of our five core values.
When planting a new church, World Reach’s ultimate goal is that the new local church would become indigenous, self-sustaining, autonomous, and reproducible.
World Reach missionaries tailor their church planting strategies to the cultural settings in which they serve. Strategies may include the following:
- Study New Testament church model – the person of Christ, His ministry and His commands and the 1st Century church
- Conduct one-on-one and door-to-door evangelism, distribute literature, conduct street preaching, Bible studies, etc.
- Establish friendships and develop relationships for formation of core or cell groups
- Disciple new believers through core or cell groups, Bible studies and/or correspondence courses
- Select key leaders from disciples and conduct in-depth training on effective evangelism and discipling techniques, as well as leadership skills, so that disciples are committed to the multiplication process
- Select church location and determine community impact opportunities for the church
- Select and train national pastors through World Reach Bible Institutes and sponsor for a specified period of time
- Select Board to assist in governing the Church
- Ensure pastoral staff and congregation embrace the same doctrinal position as World Reach
- Assist in building construction, leadership counsel, and nurturing of the Church
- Transition leadership from missionary to nationals so that the Church becomes self-sufficient, adaptable and reproducible