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: MIN508
  • 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


  1. Assess the historical, biblical and theological foundations for church planting and church growth;
  2. Critically analyse the concept of needs-based, community-focussed church planting;
  3. Appraise and evaluate past, present and potential future approaches to church planting, focusing on the role played by key characters and events;
  4. Select, analyse and evaluate data that would indicate the need for new and revitalised churches
  5. Identify and integrate legal and structural considerations needed for church planting within specific church and community contexts;
  6. Critically assess and justify the value of church planting to the wider society.

Subject Content

  1. The development and expansion of the Church in early Christianity
  2. Biblical and theological models of church planting and church growth
  3. Various experiences in church planting across the world
  4. Pentecostal church planting in Australasia
  5. The legal and organizational issues relating to church planting
  6. Building and leading teams for church planting
  7. Rural and urban church planting
  8. Insights/lessons from recent church planters
  9. Planting and growing successful churches
  10. Research methods for church planting

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 95 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%)