For Simple Churches, Start-ups and Hybrids
The first step in the process of establishing a new church, even if it’s only at concept stage, is to complete the interactive form. You can save the form to your desktop and complete it in your own time. There is an email button in the form for you to submit it easily.
The form begins the journey that is described in “Pathways to becoming a Constituted Church”. Once you are approved for Launch Phase you will receive support for your work from the MTQ Leader, the QB Ministry Leadership (incl. Children and Youth) and advice from Baplink concerning all your accounts and financial accountability needs.
For any queries or concerns, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3354 5600
Attached is a sample version of an MTQ constitution for New Faith Communities. This is a word document, and is able to be edited to include your church details and information.
MTQ Constitution Sample – Word Version
What type of church is being planted?
|Complex Church||Simple Church||Hybrid Church|
|Description ||This is the model that dominates the scene in Australia – it centres around services of worship; programmes offered to meet specific need; staff to carry out the vision of the church; there are therefore issues pertaining to property, finance and administration.||This is the model that has appeared throughout the history of the Church around the world but has had less impact in Australia – it centres around a meal, relationships, prayer and testimony and relational mission. |
The venues for these spaces are usually homes and there is little or no property, finance or administration issues.
|This is a model that involves a church being “meshed” with a community response initiative (e.g. child care centre, school, medical centre etc). |
In many respects this space is like the CCMS and so there are issues around staff, finance, property and administration that are similar to those in that space.
|Prayer – central|
|Role of Preaching||Central||Optional||Contributes positively|
|The place of the|
public reading of Scripture
|May be Included||Central||May be Included|
|Lord's Supper||Not necessarily each Sunday||Every time the fellowship meets||Not necessarily each Sunday|
offered by Staff
|Support offered within the group itself|
|Pastoral Support offered by members|
|Programmes||This model is very light on programming|
|Property||Usual||Not an Issue||Central Feature|
|Administration||Not a Key Issue|
|Missions||Local & Global||Principally local||Local & Global|
|Giving||Central and targeted to global and local needs||Central and targeted to local needs principally||Central and targeted to local and global needs|
|Planting timetable||3-5 years||1-3 months||3-5 years|
|Costs to commence||$100,000+||Nil||$1m+|
|Flexibility||Restricted to suitable venue||Able to move as required||Restricted to the Community Engagement site|
|Size||Only restricted by its buildings (150+)||Restricted to 15-30||Restricted to what is allocated within the|
|Effectiveness||Potentially able to affect a town or small city||Potentially able to affect a small town, village or suburb||Potentially able to affect the community engagement space in|
which they are planted
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|Required after planting phases completed||A “Group Covenant” to be developed||Required after planting phases completed|
|Lifespan||Long Lifespan||May only have a lifespan across 2-4 years and closure is not to be seen|
as evidence of problems
|Insurance||Available||Available by arrangement||Available|
|Training||Through the Seminary or College||No specific training available||Through the Seminary or College|