Collaboration for Multiplication: The Story of the Houston Church Planting Network by Bruce Wesley
What happens when churches from diverse denominations come together with a vision to join forces to reach the fourth-largest U.S. city? In this insightful new eBook from Exponential, Bruce Wesley, founder of the Houston Church Planting Movement, shares how collaboration has meant everything to this effort to multiply churches throughout the Greater Houston area. Wesley also offers the invaluable lessons they’re learning about working together to reach a city. In the last five years, HCPN has come together to strengthen church planters and pray for their city as well as found the HCPN Church Planting Residency, a yearlong finishing school for planters. The residency is a collaborative work of a dozen diverse churches that come together to fund, train and support church planters they hope will become movement leaders in Houston. Download your FREE copy of Collaboration for Multiplication.
- A candid exploration of the tension between addition (growing your church) and multiplication (planting churches)
- The importance of prioritizing church planting, including setting aside funds for it
- The process by which Wesley's Clear Creek Community Church became Kingdom-minded
- The benefits and learning curves of being part of a national church-planting network
- Why the renewal of gospel centrality was essential to the founding of HCPN
- Specific language for casting vision for a citywide church-planting movement
- How collaboration built a church-planting residency program
- Five essentials for collaboration
- How HCPN has navigated nine specific tensions ("Whose church plant is this?"; keeping leaders vs. releasing leaders; networks vs. partnerships, etc.).
- The importance of story over strategy
- Why "showing up" is vital, especially for leaders who aren't good networkers.
- What can happen when you share the mic with other leaders
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The mission of Acts 29 is to band together churches, which, for the sake of Jesus and the gospel, plant new churches and replant dead and dying churches around the world. This work is done in obedience to the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20), with the goal of seeing millions of lives changed by the power of the good news of Jesus Christ.
The Houston Church Planting Network is a network of networks committed to… Strengthening church planters to multiply churches that reach every man, woman and child in the greater Houston region.
If you have a leadership role in your church, as staff or a volunteer, this conference will help equip you to lead from a gospel perspective with practical tools to impact your ministry. Workshops will focus on ministry areas such as leadership development, preaching, music & worship, small groups, preschool & children’s ministries, student ministry, tech arts, pastoral care, multi-campus strategy, church planting, facilities, and more.