Details for Church Planting

If you had the opportunity to plant a brand new church, what would it look like? What are the personnel and resources required? How does a new church meet the needs of its community? What characteristics and personal stamina are required? Students undertaking this unit will explore the essential need for new churches. It will assist students to develop a church-planting toolkit, by standing on the shoulders of key church planting practitioners, proven principles in the academic literature on entrepreneurship as well as wider historical-biblical-theological foundations of why we should plant churches.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN304
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daryl Potts


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Church Planting

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit provides insight into biblical, historical and contemporary models of church planting, as well as the social and spiritual dynamics of church planting.


  1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the historical, biblical and theological foundations for church planting;
  2. Display an advanced understanding of the concept of needs-based, community-focussed church planting;
  3. Critique past, present and potential future developments in church planting, focusing on key characters and events
  4. Compile and assess data that would indicate the need for new and revitalised churches;
  5. Recognise and justify the value of church planting to the wider society.

Subject Content

  1. The development and expansion of early Christianity
  2. Biblical Models of church planting and growth
  3. Various experiences in successful church planting across the world
  4. Pentecostal church planting in Australasia
  5. The complexities and differences between rural and urban church planting
  6. Discussions with recent church planters
  7. Planting and growing successful churches


This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 108 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Comparative Literature Review (25%)
  • Interview and Report (25%)
  • Church Planting Strategy (50%)

Representative References

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