Planting Churches – and Relationships – AG News
Matt B. Nelson knows that if his Seed Network’s goal of planting 100 Assemblies of God churches within the next decade is realized, it will be the stuff of miracles.
But Nelson, who pastors City Church of Tulsa in Oklahoma plus serves as the Seed Network’s director, believes in such goals — especially when they are born of intense training, the potential for startup financing, ongoing ministerial mentorship from other seasoned church planters, and built on the foundation of prayer.
The two-year-old Seed Network works hand-in-hand with the AG’s Church Multiplication Network. Its focus is to form “a relational network that helps church planters thrive” during both an initial launch and the first months of growth.
While CMN offers more practical resources — assessments of proposed church plants, pastoral counseling, local leadership recruitment, establishing congregational governance standards — plus financial assistance from the AGTrust Matching Fund, Seed Network seeks to intensify pastoral preparation on a more personal and immersive level...