WHAT DO I GET IN RETURN AFTER I PLANT A CHURCH?
You will receive an official Surge Church Plant Certificate and an 8×10 Plant Photo once the church has been released to plant. You can expect these items about 2 months after you are notified the funds were sent to the planter. The ongoing information you receive really depends on the region. Whenever possible, we always request a 6-month and 1-year update from the pastor that we share with you. This update highlights how many people are attending, how many salvations occur, testimony, and possibly a few images. In some areas, we must keep all activity completely confidential for the safety of the pastor and his new congregation. In others, phone and internet access is extremely limited. In a few instances, there can be a stronger ongoing connection between church and donor. We are constantly trying to improve the frequency and quality of our communication to our supporters.
CAN I CHOOSE WHERE I GET TO PLANT?
It all depends on the current availability of ready planters. Sometimes a pastor may be ready to plant in the specific city or country you desire, but we can not make any guarantees that a qualified leader will be available in the near future or ever. Our planting pastors identify and decide where they would like to plant–it is not determined by the operations team. If we do not have a pastor available to plant in your desired location, we recommend browsing other available planters and ask God if he is leading you to plant another. Or you are welcome to hold the funds until a plant becomes available in your preferred region.
WHY DO YOU USE NATIONALS INSTEAD OF SENDING WESTERN MISSIONARIES?
The success of a church plant depends largely on the ability of the planter to mesh with the local culture, weather, and language. For these reasons, we have seen greater long-term success by training nationals in the countries we operate rather than sending western missionaries. Although we are not opposed to a sending strategy and are very thankful for work of missionaries and sending organizations!
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO THE PLANTING PASTORS RECEIVE?
Most of our planters gather in a training cohort to receive formal, week-long Surge Project church-planting training from our Training Director, Dr. Hendrick Vorster, who travels the world planting thousands of church planters. The training material he developed provides a solid biblical foundation for any church planter and has proven successful in a variety of cultural settings. This training gives the church planter the understanding of their calling as a church planter and the ministry skills that are necessary for success as a church planter. Included in Dr. Vorster training material is the “worthy man” concept. The worthy man is ground in two main verses; Matt 10:11 and Acts 16:14. These people are people of character, good reputation, charitable, and of means. By connecting to worthy men, the budding church plant is more likely to become financially self-sustaining by the time the Sure Project support’s first-year support is expended.
Not all of our planters are able to attend these trainings, but do receive training and mentoring directly from their Sending Leader. In addition to the Surge Project training, many of our pastors have attended Bible schools or other formal means of ministry education.
WHAT ARE FUNDS GIVEN TO “AREA OF GREATEST NEED” USED FOR?
It’s important to note that donations given to Area of Greatest Need, which is our general fund, may not always be used to support the salary of a church planter. When you fund a specific church plant, 100% of the funds are sent to the leaders in the field for salary, training, equipment, and logistical costs. Area of Greatest Need funds are often used for needs in the field, but not always. Most of the time they are deployed to fund special projects that are determined will further the vision of the organization. Examples of how these funds might be used include but are not limited to: special emergency humanitarian needs amongst our churches and leaders, travel for our leaders to oversee church-planting efforts, costs to host training and summit-type events, donor-development related expenses, and other similar needs.
Our organization is very financially efficient. We have a lean operations team and research to find the lowest cost options that meet quality standards in every scenario before spending a dollar. You can be assured that there is no waste or lavish expenditures. If you would like to know any financial-specific question, please reach out at any time!
WHY DO YOU PLANT FEMALE PASTORS?
There are times when there are no qualified men to lead when we want to reach certain people groups and choose to empower and resource women. We recognize the ability and call of God on women’s lives to lead through Biblical and historical examples. For example, Dr. Yonggi Cho presented the leadership of his church’s small group ministry to male leaders and elders. They told him they didn’t have the capacity at the time. He then turned to women and they ended up with over 50,000 female small group leaders and 750,000 members in their small groups!
God can use a woman to nurture. Many of our rural churches are 50-100 people and a woman is very capable of leading those type of groups. Naomi Dowdy in Singapore has been there for over 40 years and has over 4,000 in her church which started from only a handful. One of our Nepali village women in the Himalaya mountains has planted a church that has grown to 500 people and several extension churches.
Phoebe in Romans 16: 1 was called a “deaconess” of the church at Cenchrea. Many of our Surge Project leaders who lead churches are deaconesses. They are excellent at taking care of people and growing them as disciples.
A woman who leads a church is under authority. The authority is her denomination, her godly husband, or her Surge Project sending leader.