Conversations on church planting, health, and leadership.
This section contains information that will help Church Planters to prepare themselves and their team for greatest effectiveness. The videos are not designed for inspiration but for information and taking the time to process the information presented by successful church planters will be of practical help.
The Association of Related Churches (ARC) is a US based Church Planting Association led by proven Church Planters. These videos are the 101 of Church Planting.
Videos by Church Planters Alun Davies, Ian Kruithoff, Phil Shand and Tracey Shand that will give practical advice for new Church Planters or pastors who want to grow their Church.
These initial resources have proven to be helpful to those launching or relaunching Churches. Once a Church engages with us, further resources will become available.
These links will provide information about personal, team and church wide assessments that give valuable insight into their specific strengths and weaknesses. Coaching in their use is available.
These resources will assist in setting up required legal requirements including; legal entity, banking, insurance, child safe programme, taxation and the like.
If you are considering becoming an ACC Church, we would be happy to catch up and have a talk. On this page and associated pages we have posted information that we believe will help you in your deliberations.
Australian Christian Churches (ACC), formerly known as Assemblies of God in Australia (AOG), is a Pentecostal Christian denomination and the Australian branch of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. It was formed in 1937. It is the largest Pentecostal denomination in Australia and is the second most attended denomination after the Catholic churches. There are over 1,100 churches in Australian Christian Churches across Australia.
When you join the Australian Christian Churches you join both a Church Movement and a legal entity. The Bible governs us as a Church and the relevant government Act governs us in our United constitution. There are national and state executives that operate both as Church leaders and as a legal committee of management. Both aspects of our Movement provide benefits for and require responsibilities from the local Church. This provides the framework for our voluntary cooperation.
We have a united purpose and a common doctrine as described in articles 3 and 4 of the United constitution. While our purpose and doctrine is fixed, our expression, style and methodologies to achieve our purpose and outwork our beliefs have great variety of expression.
Our purpose is expressed in our vision statement based on our four pillars; more Churches, more health, more leaders, and more togetherness. It is expressed in our mission statement; “Churches of thousands and thousands of Churches – together”. http://www.acc.org.au/about-us/doctrinal- basis/
Along with a common purpose and doctrine we share common values which add to our culture. These core values enable a healthy long lasting fellowship to both exist and prosper. We value: our Relationship with God, the priority of His Word, our Pentecostal expression, honour for all people and authorities, integrity in our actions, as well as our genuine fellowship of Churches and ministers.
New Churches would need to hold to our common doctrine and values and work together toward our common purpose.
There are a great many benefits to belonging to a fellowship like Australian Christian Churches. The truth is that the Churches and pastors who benefit the most are those that are engaged the most. As in any relationship the perceived benefits come from a commitment to that relationship.
Here are some of the benefits of belonging to a fellowship like ACC:
It is important that each pastor and church find themselves positioned where they believe that God would position them. We believe that our fellowship provides a healthy, productive place for pastors and churches to be positioned in the plan and purpose of God. Our fellowship has a rich heritage, an active and vibrant ministry expression today and an exciting, purposeful future.
If your church would like to be a part of that please get in touch.
P.O. Box 518
Frankston Vic 3199
Tel: 0412 778 220
Ian is the full‐time Church Growth Director, coordinating Church Planting & Church Health in Victoria. He has been a pastor in the ACC for almost forty years, including 25 years as a senior minister. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in starting, growing, and bringing health to churches.