10 Ways to Serve a Plant


Often, churches may have a vision of supporting the planting of new churches, but either don’t believe they have the necessary resources, or don’t know where to start.

Here are 10 things that churches can begin doing today that will have a tangible impact on supporting church plants and their planters.


Send a church planting couple out to dinner: This simple act of a gift like this can really encourage a planting couple. Plus, you never know what kind of friendship you might be able to build with a planter.


Invite a planter to share their vision with your church: Who are the planters in your vicinity? Consider this option as a great way to encourage church planters and cast vision to your people in the process.


Hold a “baby shower” for a church plant: Give them gifts for their startup (office supplies, a/v equipment, etc.). Planters can put together a “registry” of items they need.


Financially support a plant (one gift or for a period of time): Sacrificial and generous giving from churches and individuals, up and above our regular offerings in an amazing gesture of Christian unity.


Partner with other churches to plant a church: Connect with another church or network to help a church plant.


Pray for a church planter and their team: Would your church consider “adopting” a local church planter and praying regularly and intentionally for that leader’s church?


Give a church plant a one-time gift: A new church always has equipment needs such as office supplies, sound, A/V, or children’s ministry equipment. Call or email a church planter and ask about their current needs.


Loan your facility to a church plant: Maybe your church has a facility that you’re not using all the time. Consider allowing a church plant to have team meetings, events, or even services at your facility.


Send people from your church to serve for a season: Send people to help a plant out for a month or two, or longer!


Develop and deploy a planter & team from your church: Take a faith-filled risk and plant a church! This begins when you identify and train leaders with the purpose of sending them out.