Meeting John Lanferman

John Lanferman with Andrew FountainOne 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:

  1. Preaching
  2. Worship Leader
  3. Someone to head up children's ministries
  4. An "integrations person" to make sure newcomers get integrated into the life of the church
  5. Cell-group leader/organizer

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.

I also enjoyed talking with John later about how he met Terry Virgo and how Newfrontiers USA got started. If you want to find out more about John, here are some links:

Audio of John Lanferman

Glad to see you could make

Glad to see you could make good use of the picture! I really enjoyed meeting John too. Thanks for posting all these links to more resources.