WHY start a Church Project?
Because you want to see an unashamedly BIBLICAL, irreducibly SIMPLE, understandably RELEVANT, and radically GENEROUS church in your city. And, there simply may not be a church like Church Project in your area.
Leadership & Support
Be supported and encouraged by seasoned church planters and pastors.
Be part of a connected network of autonomous yet aligned churches.
be given everything you need to begin Sunday Gatherings, House Churches, & Ministry Partnerships.
be connected to like-minded pastors as you plant and pastor a church
A CHURCH PROJECT JUST LAUNCHED IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA!
Watch this film and see firsthand what it could look like to START A CHURCH PROJECT in your city:
If you’re a church planter or pastor that is interested in starting a Church Project, take some time and read more about our beliefs, values and structure.
After that, if you would like to initiate the process of becoming a Church Project, apply online and we will contact you with next steps.
THESE CORE TRUTHS DEFINE OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH, AND OUR CHURCH:
WE BELIEVE that God is the source of all love and good, and all things good come from God. The world is beautiful, and the world is broken. God created all things good, but we corrupted this creation. God loves us, and by His grace, delights and desires to rescue us and to restore us in our relationship with Him. God stepped into our broken world to give forgiveness and life to all who trust in His salvation, Christ as our Savior. Jesus died on the cross as a perfect substitute for our penalty of sin, and resurrected to overcome death caused by sin. Through faith in Jesus Christ – not being good enough or doing enough good – we are restored to a right relationship with God.
WE BELIEVE there is only one God, the uncreated Creator, who exists eternally as a Trinity of three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. Each member of the Trinity is fully and equally God, yet personally distinct from one another.
WE BELIEVE that God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died on the cross, was resurrected from the dead, and ascended to Heaven.
WE BELIEVE the Holy Spirit of God comes to live within a person once they trust in Christ as their Savior. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers to live a powerful Christ-like life, to build an intimate relationship with God, to secure salvation, and to give gifts that build the church and spread the Gospel.
WE BELIEVE God created men and women to live in relationship with Him, but the first humans chose to rebel against God and brought sin into the world. Sin spread like a virus to all humans, and all have sinned, and our sin has separated us all from God.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God’s Word to us, written by men who were inspired by God. God wrote His Scriptures to reveal Himself to mankind, and to direct us in His best way to live life.
WE BELIEVE the church is God’s powerful plan for His people. Living in community as a diverse family, loving and serving and helping one another grow in our faith, we reveal God’s plan for restoring goodness into our world.
Church Project began with a mission to RETHINK church and RETURN to the essence of leading, gathering and living the way Christ and the early church intended.
Our intent is to be:
→ unashamedly BIBLICAL
→ irreducibly SIMPLE
→ understandably RELEVANT to all
→ and radically GENEROUS
We are an organism, not an organization. We believe that Christ changes lives, and that His church can be the most powerful influence of love and change on the planet.
We want to change the way people see Christ, Christians, and the Church.
SUNDAY GATHERINGS → BECAUSE JESUS & THE EARLY CHURCH MET BY THE THOUSANDS.
HOUSE CHURCHES → BECAUSE JESUS & THE EARLY CHURCH MET BY THE DOZENS IN HOMES.
MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS → BECAUSE JESUS AND THE EARLY CHURCH SERVED THEIR WORLD.
We are a continual pursuit of becoming who God originally intended us & church to be. We pursue the biblical, simple, powerful early church model of church. The early church gathered weekly by the thousands in a simple way to study the Scriptures, pray, and give, so we do similar Sunday Gatherings. The early church gathered by the dozens in House Churches to live in a diverse discipleship community, so we gather similarly in House Churches. The early church gave their lives and money to do ministries, so we serve and give through Ministry Partnerships.
STEPS TO PLANTING A CHURCH PROJECT:
Planting pastor reads CHURCH PROJECT book
Core planting team reads CHURCH PROJECT book
Core planting team has conversation and alignment and agreement on desire to plant a CHURCH PROJECT
Pastor of church plant has conversation with Aaron Havens, initial filter conversations of alignment on philosophy, doctrine, practice, etc.
Pastor of potential church plant has conversation with Jason Shepperd, based on recommendation by Aaron Havens
Potential planter and core leaders visit Church Project in the Woodlands, Texas. Attend Sunday morning gathering, Sunday evening meeting with Church Project leaders, Monday morning meet with specific staff, Church Project Staff meeting, staff lunch.
Lead pastor and lead team share vision and gain alignment with entire church planting core.
Jason Shepperd and Aaron Havens visit on church planting location with core, answer questions, and gain agreement on CHURCH PROJECT alignment. A Church Project is commissioned.
Pastor joins Church Project Network.
House Church process begins.
Ministry Partner process begins.
Elder/Leadership process begins.
Once House Churches replicate to a cluster of 3-4 House Churches, will begin conversation about planting a Sunday Gathering.