Daughter Churches: Insights, Ideas and Secrets of Success
Carlton Coon, Sr. Springfield, MO –
NAM spends money helping churches located in metropolitan areas afford to start a daughter church. Further, training is provided to potential mother church pastors and those who will lead the daughter. More focus is needed on convincing pastors that starting a daughter church in the correct way will not result in the mother church losing resources. “Give and it shall be given” is applicable to more than money.
My advice to anyone wanting to start a daughter work is (1) Start correctly with a five-phase approach involving people residing in the target area: Home Bible Studies, Small Groups, a Preaching Point with an actual church service at least once per month, Daughter Church meeting weekly, and the Autonomous Church. (2) The “mother” must invest more than a name. Who are the capable believers the mother church will release to fully focus on the daughter church for at least one year? Someone beyond the pastor must be passionate for the daughter church. (3) There must be accountability and connection to the mother church pastor.