We envision the Lutheran Church Planters Network as a peer-driven, action-oriented “network of networks” focused on promoting, equipping, and supporting church planters across the country. A network of practitioners is a low-cost, relationship-based, and “viral” approach that can provide personal support, encouragement, accountability, and a developing esprit-de-corps among ELCA planters (and others). Each local network can function as think tanks that can share resources and best practices and advocate for church planting in their area and provide opportunities for collaborative church planting. Each local network can meet in ways that work best for them in their own contexts. Currently, the Chicago network is meeting in person once every two months for a two-hour session. Others may choose to meet in an online format as well. To help connect each local network to others, we plan to hold a yearly LCPN national meet-up at the Exponential Conference, the largest gathering of church planters in the world.
Interested in joining or creating a new local network in your area? We can share what we’ve learned and help you get started. Email Fred Nelson or call 847-323-3774).
- The Chicago Local Network meets every two months for two hours. We have a mailing list of about 40, with an average attendance of 10-15 of us at our gatherings. We share joys and challenges, new things we’re learning, and support and encouragement. We normally meet at Redeemer Chicago, 6740 W. North Ave., Chicago. For more info on upcoming meetings, or to be added to the mailing list, Email Fred Nelson or call 847-323-3774).