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Church Planting Advanced

Detailed information about the 2021 Forum is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2020 Forum for a look at the quality of instructors, teaching, and content that will be available in the 2021 Forum's Networks. 

A note from European Leadership Forum Director, Greg Pritchard: 

To see Europe won back for Christ, many leaders of denominations, missions, and churches are convinced that church planting is key.  But the question is how?

The Acts 29 movement, which currently includes over 700 churches all over the world, believes the local church is God’s primary mission strategy.  As they explain: 

“As a family of church-planting churches we are about one thing: church planting.  We exist to encourage, resource, facilitate, support and equip churches to plant churches that will plant church-planting churches.”

They are known for their commitment to firmly ground their teaching and practice of church planting in the Bible. In the ELF Church Planting Foundations Network, we are excited that Philip Moore, European Director of Acts 29, and his team will teach and train leaders in the church-planting model of the Apostle Paul.

2020 European Church Planting Advanced Network

Often as we plant a church, our main aim is to get started and then to survive. To grow to a certain point of viability in terms of human and material resources. These are proper aims, but they are not yet the full extent of what maturity as a church means. We should be aiming for them not as ends in themselves but as means to the end of extending further the mission of God through intentional, 2nd generation church planting.

To attend this Network, participants should be involved in church planting, either as a church planter or as a leader of a denomination in the area of church planting. They should be interested in what it looks like to bring a church from the plant to maturity.



Philip Moore has been pastoring and planting churches in the east of Paris for the past 12 years. He is currently European director for Acts 29, working to build relationships between local church-planting churches and church planters all over Europe. With over 50 countries and a population of over 700 million people, the European continent, once the most Christianized in the world, is now a mission field. It is Philip’s privilege, as European director of A29, to see what God is doing in our continent, and to encourage church–planting initiatives from Ireland to Turkey, from Denmark to Italy through assessment, coaching, training, and supporting of church planters and church–planting churches. Philip is married to Rachel and they have 5 children.



J. D. Gilmore was born in Italy, where his parents were missionaries. God’s grace opened his eyes to the good news of the gospel as a teenager. J. D. and his wife are passionate about the spread of the gospel in Italy, where they have been involved in church planting for many years. He now coordinates Impatto (Acts 29 in Italy) as well as being involved in setting up gospel-centred movements in Italy and the Balkans.




Gary Cousins is originally from Northern Ireland but is now based in the Black Forest region of Germany. After several years serving as a Baptist pastor in N. Ireland, Gary served for eight years with the children’s mission-agency ‘CEF Europe’ — initially providing resources and training for ministry to teenagers, progressing to leader of the training department for Western Europe, and in the final two years working internationally to pioneer and facilitate a leadership training course for leaders in 190 countries. In 2016, being convinced of the importance of making disciples through the planting of healthy churches, Gary joined the staff at Acts 29 Europe. Gary’s role is to provide operational leadership to the Europe network as well as to oversee the assessment of applicants. In his spare time Gary enjoys trail running and is a volunteer firefighter. Gary is married to Claudia, and they have two teenage boys.




Day 1

Grow 1 - From Infancy to Maturity
Philip Moore

Once first steps have been taken in church-planting where do you go from there? What is the overarching aim? What areas should you focus on? Should you just start things and then hope for the best? Or should you aim to grow to a certain point of viability in terms of human and material resources? In this session we will focus on defining the ‘big picture’ and particularly discuss the life-cycle of a local church going from infancy to maturity so as to extend further the mission of God by seeing churches plant churches.

Steps – Conversion
Philip Moore

In order to become a church-planting church there must be a crystal-clear understanding of conversion. We will look at what conversion is, what it is not, how to pursue it intentionally in different contexts, our role in conversion and God’s role. Keeping conversion at the centre of our focus is a sign of current health and future fruitfulness.


Day 2

Grow - Healthy (Structure)
J. D. Gilmore

Exploring what ‘growing a healthy church which multiplies’ means. A church which progresses from infancy to maturity is a healthy church. So what do mean by ‘healthy’? In this session we will explore traits of a growing, healthy church: a church which has peace (church-culture/DNA), a church which is built up (church-structure).

Steps - Body
J. D. Gilmore

As conversions occur, the body grows and functions. We will look at what a local church is and why the ‘body’ metaphor is so significant and key. A growing local church is one where every-member ministry actually occurs and where skills and gifts are being tried and tested for present and ministry. Keeping church at the centre of our focus is essential to see healthy churches grow and then multiply.


Day 3

Grow - Sound (Doctrine)
Philip Moore

Think of growing a church to maturity and you might easily think of numbers, programs and methodologies. A growing, healthy church needs to be ‘sound’. It needs robust doctrine. In this session we will consider a number of different confessions of faith and then explore why, where and how the presence of doctrine in a healthy church is essential.

Step - Discipleship
Philip Moore

Those who come to Christ in our churches and church plants need to be discipled. In fact Christ’s task for the church is not to make converts but disciples. What are the essential characteristics of a mature disciple in our European contexts? What are the tools we have at our disposal for effective discipleship? A church where disciples are growing in love, faith, obedience is a sign of current health and future fruitfulness.


Day 4

Grow - Planting (Multiplying)
J. D. Gilmore

A church-plant grows towards maturity as it develops a clear vision for planting again and is equipped and released to do just that. In thinking through church-multiplication: when is it the right time to multiply? What are the different models for church-planting for Europe today? What steps need to be taken to grow a church to multiply? As we conclude our time together, we will be providing different models for consideration and tools for evaluating the current state of a church and its readiness to plant again, as well as next steps in that process.

Step - Leaders
J. D. Gilmore

Churches that grow and plant again are churches in whom strong servant leaders are raised up and released into service. Who should we be looking for to lead local churches? The Bible refers to elders and deacons in these roles and describes in detail their character, convictions and competencies. What steps need to be taken to ensure godly leadership is raised? How do we develop the focus of leadership development so that we see churches become mature and reproduce?




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