Our methods are simple: follow God’s Word for church workers, and fulfill those positions in a church planting structure as a mission that grows into an established church.
God gave us a clear plan for a successful body of believers: Ephesians 4:11-16. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
We often find many of the Ephesians 4:11 offices fulfilled to some degree in our larger churches, but what about when planting churches? Most of the positions above are clearly needed in the local church and are needed to make a church-plant successful. It is true that each local church does not necessarily have a prophet or an apostle, many of their intricate duties are however broken down and used today in various types of ministry workers and people don’t even realize it. For instance, Adam Clarke defined an apostle as “I send; to send from one person to another, and from one place to another. Persons immediately designated by Christ, and sent by him to preach the Gospel to all mankind.” Well that sums up much of what many do in ministry today. Then there is the Prophet; Adam Clarke wrote this “I speak; a person who, under Divine inspiration, predicts future events; but the word is often applied to these who preach the Gospel.” While there are few preachers today who are successfully predicting the future, it does happen at times, but there are clearly many who preach with anointing. So, the duties of the Apostle and Prophet in today’s society have been morphed into various ministry methods. Every local congregation should however have at least a pastor, evangelist, and teacher within the local congregation and often these positions can be split into additional positions to be even more effective.
One of these offices is an evangelist, which in many Christian circles have been viewed for years as someone who travels around holding revival meetings. While revival services are a very needful part of our churches’ special services each year, there are many other necessary ways to fulfill the work of an evangelist. We must evangelize the lost souls outside of our churches and work to truly disciple them. This is crucial when doing church planting. Scriptural church planting has been an outflow of evangelism from the very beginning, not from a shepherding position. Holiness Pioneers’ church planting will start with a primary focus of evangelism and discipling newly saved people then leading them on into Entire Sanctification.
Will you join us on this exciting Journey? As God leads we desire to plant Holiness Church in states that have none and in places there are none. Each church plant will be made up of: Minister of Outreach (Evangelist), Pastor (A true Shepherd), Minister of Music & Singing, Teacher(s), and Children Workers (Child Evangelist). We have a detailed breakdown of each position on our Personnel page.
A new church plant will start as a mission and grow into a local church. Each local mission plant will work with a group such as a denomination, association, or work to create an independent local church. The local work will initially work out of the missionaries’ homes, then progress from there to rented space or an owned building. Once mission workers develop saved people tithing and the congregation has outgrown meeting in the home or initial rented space, the organization planting the local church or the local church as an independent work will pursue a suitable place for a regular church building. When the new congregation determines the time is right it will become an organized church under the denomination, association, or as an independent church.
Once a new congregation is established as their own organized church and the congregation is strong and active, then the Holiness Pioneers Mission workers that started the mission and church will move on to the next targeted area that is led by God. Any mission workers who are called to the local church that was successfully planted, may transition from being under the mission to long term staff of the new local church. This may be done in a one-by-one transition as the church continues to grow and can afford to take on each staying missionary who progresses to church staff. After a reasonable period of time, any mission worker making the transition to the newly formed local church will move from the mission structure to the local church organization. Any supporters who have been supporting the missionary may continue, but that would have to be worked out through and by the new church. Those missionaries who are called to continue in the mission work will relocate in proper timing to their next planting location.
Any expecting vacant position in the new church left by missionaries moving on to another location will be the responsibility of the new local church to search for workers to fill the vacating missionary positions. Or hopefully the new church will be able have new Christians within its congregation that have been trained by the mission to fulfill some of the vacant positions. It will be the responsibility of the local church board to work through its own staff needs. This will be a transition and not a sudden change. We want a very smooth seamless graduation as possible.
Our Holiness Pioneers pilot location is Salt Lake City. To catch our vision for SLC watch a short video here: 2020vision.EvangelismMission.com.