The third step involves Orientation. Information for planters can be found at the USA/Canada website,[i]as well as other Nazarene regional websites. Some districts have created specific orientation material for their church planters. To assist those who desire more information, our team has created two MULTIPLYNAZ websites. The first one, www.multipynaz.org is designed to provide information about the pathway to planting, multiple models of churches, information about how we partner with our universities and seminaries and other resources for planters.
The second website is www.multiplynaz.church. This is a website designed for both high-impact churches and the large churches who help fuel our movement. Every large Nazarene church in the world is listed on this site. Churches in the USA/Canada Region are listed alphabetically and organized by size. The categories are 200-249, 250-499, 500-899, K+ churches[ii]and churches 3,000 - 20,000. The site also provides large churches with information about multi-sites, residencies, networking, high-impact partner districts, etc.
Linked to both of these sites is a private section designed for districts where superintendents, district church planting directors and other district leaders can go to get information on a variety of church planting topics dealing with issues districts face as they launch and sustain their church planting movement. In his book Seven Levers, Robert Schnase talks about the need for leaders to use “the power of a common language.”[iii] This is because the more we build, share and use a common language, the more agenda harmony is built among us. We find this principle in the book of Genesis. God understood the power of a common language in building agenda harmony. At the tower of Babel He said, "If as one people they speak the same language… nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6). As a result, God confused their language so the people would be halted from doing more evil.
On the day of Pentecost, this confusion of language was restored through the Holy Spirit’s miraculous work of proclaiming the gospel in multiple languages. The principle is clear. To launch and sustain movements, it is helpful to establish and use a common language.
We aim to “ramp you up” through connecting you with other effective planters and leaders within our expansive Nazarene network. Orientation is a season of encouraging, culture-building and inspiration where you will learn more about the Nazarene network of church planters, districts and the values that drive Nazarene church planting locally and globally.
[i]A good place to go for more information about church planting in the United States and Canada is: www.usacanadaregion.org/ministries/church-planting.
[ii]Once churches consistently move into the 900+ attendance range, they have unique needs and capabilities. Several times a year, these K+ churches have 1,000+ worshippers in attendance and this is why they are listed as K+ churches.
[iii]Seven Levers, p 29.