We can do more together, than we can do on our own. This is true in most, if not all areas of life, and it is definitely true of church planting.
We have a long history of working with partners from many different churches across various states, providing them with opportunities to partner with church plants in our area.
Below you will find some reasons, resources and events that might help you in deciding whether you would partner with us. Please contact us if you have any questions.
A wide variety of opportunities
Since 2008 we have partnered in planting many churches. These churches are in urban, suburban and small town contexts. The people these churches are reaching come from many different ethnic as well as socioeconomic backgrounds. Each church plant has a unique vision for their community, and specific strategies for reaching their goals. Your team will have several different options from which to choose, when determining with whom you will partner.
The choices might seem overwhelming, but we would love to help you make a decision. We offer vision tours for those that would like to spend a day in Wichita, meeting with a handful of different planters. Bring whoever can help you in making your decision, and we’ll schedule time for you to spend with planters, in their contexts so you can begin to discern where God would have you work. If you’re interested in scheduling a private vision tour, contact Brad Simmons.
Quality church planters
We really believe that the guys we partner with in planting churches, are some of the best church planters there are. These planters go through a rigorous assessment process, that looks at their character, competence and calling. After assessing them, we continue to invest in them through training and coaching. You can be sure that the guys you work with here are highly committed and capable of doing the work God has called them to.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where would our team stay if we came to work with a church plant in your region?
- What is the best way to get to Wichita?
- What is expected of churches that partner with church plants?
- Who is currently partnering with you in planting churches?
- Are all of your plants Southern Baptist Church Plants? Are they North American Mission Board church plants?
- Where do your church planters come from?
- What kind of training have your church planters had?
- What fun things are there to do in Wichita?
Where would our team stay if we came to work with a church plant in your region?
Many of the established churches in our area have generously opened up their buildings to house teams that come to serve in our area. They know that bringing down the cost of a mission trip is a huge consideration, so many of them open their facilities up to you for little or no cost. We will work as best we can to accommodate your team based on size, location of service and availability of space.
What is the best way to get to Wichita?
This depends on how large of a team you are bringing, and where you are coming from.
This link to Google Maps will help you determine your driving time to Wichita.
Wichita is served by Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (ICT). Airlines that fly into Wichita include Southwest, United, Delta, American and Allegiant. Keep in mind that you will need to arrange ground transportation while you are in Wichita. It is unlikely that you will be able to serve your partner church well without it.
What is expected of churches that partner with church plants?
It is our desire for your partnership with a church plant in our region to be a blessing to both you and the church plant. Therefore, we encourage you to develop very clear expectations of each other as the partnership is being birthed.
However, there are a few considerations we believe to be very important for all partnerships. In general, we want to see partnerships of 3-5 years develop. This way, the partner can see fruit from their work, and the planter can have some added stability.
We focus on four key areas of partnership: Pray, Play, Pay and Parlay.
- Pray for your partner church. Pray for the people in their target area by name. Pray through the Video Prayer Walk for that area. Pray for the pastor.
- Play by sending mission teams on multiple trips each year to serve the church plant in whatever way fits their strategy for reaching their community.
- Pay by committing to significantly financially support the church plant every year of the partnership. Pay by sending your mission team with money to complete their mission project.
- Parlay your great experience of partnering with our church plants, by connecting us with other churches in your relationship network. Help us find others that would benefit from partnering with us.
Who is currently partnering with you in planting churches?
Since 2008 we have had hundreds of people from dozens of churches come and partner with our church plants and/or send financial support. Many of these churches are from Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. If you would like to speak with some of those we would be happy to put you in contact with them.
Are all of your plants Southern Baptist Church Plants? Are they North American Mission Board church plants?
All church plants that we seek partnership for are committed to being Southern Baptist Churches. Not all of the church plants we seek partnership for are receiving funding from the North American Mission Board.
Where do your church planters come from?
From 2008 to 2013 we have been a part of planting 17 churches. Two more are set to launch between now and Easter 2014. Nine of those were started by guys who lived here a substantial amount of time before planting here. They either grew up here and came back, or lived here as adults, or lived here their entire lives.
We have found a couple of Hispanic planters and pastors through a partnership with a couple of Spanish Bible colleges in Texas (Rio Grande Bible Institute and Baptist University of the Americas). We have had their students here as summer missionaries, and invited the best to come back after graduation and plant.
Our African American planters are mostly home grown, and exclusively (so far) developed by the pastor of one of our first plants.
We actively recruit through campus ministries in Kansas, through an internship program for guys called to ministry but not to seminary and through youth events. Most of our current planters are highly interested in planting again, so we expect that many of them will recruit some of our next planters.
What kind of training have your church planters had?
Our church planters come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some have taken the "traditional route" to ministry, and others have not. Some have gone to Bible College and or Seminary. Some have been Youth Pastors or even Senior Pastors at other churches. Some have done none of those things.
No matter how extensive, or how lacking, their experience or formal training, we rely heavily on our assessment process to help us determine whether an individual is ready to plant. Does his background fit the context he's going to plant in? What skills still need to be developed before he plants? We assess those things, and then make a determination on whether to recommend he plant, and how we will continue to help him grow.
One of the ways we help all planters develop is by having monthly half-day training events that focus on topics that are of special interest to church planters. We also invite planters to be a part of our Pastor Clusters: monthly gatherings of pastors who read and discuss a book together.
What fun things are there to do in Wichita?
The GoWichita Website has much more information than we can provide here, but we have provided some suggestions below.
- Wichita Scavenger Hunt
- Rock River Rapids (Derby)
- Wingnuts Baseball Game
- All Star Sports/Adventures
- Sedgwick County Zoo
- Tanganyika Wildlife Park
- Exploration Place
- Kansas Aviation Museum
- Warren/Warren IMAX
- Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center (Hutchinson)
- Kansas Underground Salt Museum
- Oklahoma City - Frontier City
- Kansas City - Worlds/Oceans of Fun, Schlitterbahn, The Plaza