Sending Church - Get On Your Marks
Step One: Obtain Local Church Support - Church Partnership Evangelism is a local church ministry. You should present the event vision and strategy to local church leadership for their approval. Their approval and assistance will be invaluable in recruitment of personnel and financial support from the congregation.
See links for a suggested Sample Time Line for Development, Guide to the Time Line and a Fuller Leaders Guide for Sending Churches.
Step Two: Find Your Partner Church - We will facilitate the local church in carrying out a CPE ministry with a partner church in a cross cultural setting. You will need to determine where that partnership will be.
Possibly your denomination has a recommended field you can work in
or your local church may have an existing relationship with an International worker or a local Church abroad,
and finally CPE has a number of contacts with churches abroad seeking partnerships.
Determine who you wish to pursue working with and then communicate your vision to work with them in a catalytic ministry focused on equipping and then engaging the members of the local church in personal evangelism, discipleship and the raising up of new cell groups. With them set the time and place for such a joint project. We recommend that you set your date 12 to 9 months out.
Step Three: Recruit Personnel for the Team –
Make sure that you have received from the CPE coordinator a Run Up on the upcoming event you are to be participating in and a copy of the registration material for signing up those you recruit. If you choose to set cost yourself we can help guide you in who best to determine your expenses in ministry . (You can download registration materials here.)
Don’t be surprised that many will not volunteer without a direct personal petition. It is helpful to spend time praying about the formation of a team and then going directly to individuals following that prayer to seek their participation. Many times they will say, “I have felt I should go and prayed that if God wanted me to go than somebody would ask me.”
Remember that recruiting is often the most difficult and time-consuming process of C.P.E. leadership. However, through prayer, persistence, and beginning the recruiting process well in advance of the campaign (preferably 12 months), recruiting will prove to be a very rewarding faith experience in the final analysis. God will give you who you need.
Step Four: Organize and Begin Pre-Event Team Training - This aspect of preparation will prove valuable and fun. We encourage you to do what you can to provide some pre-event preparation. CPE will provide whatever resources we have available in this effort.
There is more than this of course. There will be time to collect registration material, submit testimonies for translation, obtain ministry funds from team members, purchase tickets for travel, and a number of other little steps you must tend too. You’ll find a complete guide for your leadership of a team and a guide for each individual to use in personal and team preparation. (Leadership Guide, Participant's Manual) Written and Video Training aids are available on the web site. Find them yourself or give us a call and we’ll walk you through your preparation.
The resources listed in this article are all found on the Resources page of this website.