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Meeting John Lanferman
One of the greatest blessings of the recent Newfrontiers Canada leadership conference was getting a chance to meet John Lanferman, the leader of Newfrontiers USA. I was particularly interested to talk with him about church planting, since he has planted 28 churches already in his lifetime and plans on planting a Newfrontiers church in each of the 100 largest cities of the USA. I was not the only one—gathered around him at his lunch table were Joe Crummey (The Meeting Place, Frederickton), Ian Jukes (Harbor Christian Church, New Hampshire), Dave Adkins (King's Family, Oakville), and myself from Newlife Church, Toronto.
John began by telling us that before a church plant "goes public", there are five areas that need to be covered:
For a church to "go public" without these areas being covered is like a restaurant opening up and offering a full menu, but when people order they are told that most of it will not be actually available for several months. People will never come back!
John went on to tell us some of his ideas for training church planters, and the different ways of going about the process of initiating a plant.
Audio of John Lanferman