We want to target small towns with a population of 20,000 or smaller in Middle Tennessee. For instance Lewisburg, Lawrenceburg, Pulaski, Shelbyville, and Fayetteville.
Each church will begin as a traditional daughter church of Zion (with ZPC acting as the provisional Session). The church planter must be approved by a church planting assessment center. His first year will be spent identifying a place, fundraising, and recruiting people from within Zion.
Trust is a commodity in small towns. So, we want to give a man some time to develop relationships. Initially, we want to give him a five year timeline. Our dream is to plant every three to five years.
Eventually, we think that we need to develop and train men from within the church plants to stay in the area. So, we need to consider alternative educational models like LAMP for seminary education. Also, bi-vocational ministry will be important for sustainability, but also for credibility.
Because of our structure, we are able to handle some things that will reduce costs and facilitate ease. Our business office can handle receipting, donations, health insurance, shared non-profit status, etc. We can leverage our strengths for more productive church planting efforts.