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Church Planting Mentoring

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Central to the Great Commission is the idea of planting new churches. But as any church planter knows there are countless difficulties involved in this endeavour. Many church planters feel cut off from the resources that will make them successful in the long term. Others wish they were more familiar with the best practices of church planting. Still others feel bewildered and discouraged when trying to untie a particularly difficult “knot” in a church plant. Forum Church Planting Mentoring has been designed to provide guidance to church planters who are struggling with issues such as these.

CHURCH PLANTING MENTORS

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.

 

Ed Doepel has served as a pastor for thirty-eight years. He has planted four churches and has led churches from eight people to three thousand in membership. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm where he served as a Chaplain in the US Army, planting two churches in the Persian Gulf region. He is the founder of Lap 7, an organisation that coordinates multiple churches in a co-op, worshipping out of the same building and performing collateral ministries in a coordinated effort to further the Kingdom of God. He and his wife are residents of suburban Chicago.

 

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.

 

Daniel Goering came to faith in Christ shortly after studying mathematics at the University of Kansas and has invested his life in planting churches, first across the midwest of the U.S., then across Europe.  He and his family (wife and six children) started in Europe in Dortmund, and then Cologne, Germany, and now live and serve in Berlin.  They have been a part of seeing numerous German churches planted, which are all led by nationals.  He also coaches church-planting efforts in other parts of western Europe in his capacity as a co-director of Great Commission Europe.

 

Martin Robinson is principal and chief executive of ForMission College.  Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter.  When Martin was in his early twenties he trained for the ministry, and his first church was in the inner city of Birmingham.  This multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting, and Martin, together with his wife, Lynda led one of the new church plants.  After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK in a variety of roles. In that period he was the director of mission and theology. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. In 2002 Martin became the national director of Together in Mission. In 2008 he became the principal of Springdale College. These two organisations are now known as ForMission. The goal of ForMission is to prepare workers for the harvest. 

 

Jiří Unger is the Executive Director of the National Evangeli­cal Alliance in the Czech Republic. Jiří leads the Czech Republic’s Church Planting Institute which in 2012 launched 18 church planting teams, and in 2014 launched 9 teams.  He also leads the Czech Republic’s youth network and organizes the network’s conference for youth leaders. Jiří is a member of the preparation committee for the Czech Republic’s Evangelical Theological Conference and part of the board of the M4 church planting movement.

 

 CHURCH PLANTING COHORT MENTOR

Daniel Goering came to faith in Christ shortly after studying mathematics at the University of Kansas and has invested his life in planting churches, first across the midwest of the U.S., then across Europe.  He and his family (wife and six children) started in Europe in Dortmund, and then Cologne, Germany, and now live and serve in Berlin.  They have been a part of seeing numerous German churches planted, which are all led by nationals.  He also coaches church-planting efforts in other parts of western Europe in his capacity as a co-director of Great Commission Europe.

 

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