I attended three breakout sessions while at Anglican 1000.
First, I sat in on a presentation by ChurchPlant Media on 10 Myths of Church Websites. This was very interesting and let to much thought on my part about the website of the Parish I serve at. Our’s is not a very advanced site, being coded in what appears to be a simple form of HTML4 (I think) and having very static content. ChurchPlant Media has a very nice product, but small parishes might not be able to afford it. Check them out: http://www.churchplantmedia.com/
Second, I sat in on a Social Media discussion. We talked about how to set up Facebook ads and social media campaigns. Very much an important part of church planting. The presenter suggested using social media not just for outreach but also for communication with one’s congregation. A good idea, I think, but somewhat difficult for older congregations.
My third breakout was on Jurisdictional Church Planting. The presenter was a member of the ACNA’s Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic’s Church Planting Committee. He presented some interesting ideas and models for church planting. One which I like, though I dont think he gave a specific name for it, involved planting multiple churches in a single area simultaneously or sequentially. He gave several reasons for this, including the fact that multiple churches in an area “raises the spiritual temperature” of the area. Further, he gave the example of two parishes planted by Falls Church, Virginia that were mere blocks from each other. Both had grown to be very large and had two very different pastors. They were not so different, however, that they were not complementary. Thus, the option for either parish exists for visitors. Thus, two plants in the same city could work and pray together, share resources, clergy, sponsor joint youth groups, acolyte and choir training, etc. At the same time, one could have an Evangelical bent and the other an Anglo-Catholic bent (though, I think the two are very compatible, but that is a story for another post). One plant could have a young priest, the other a more experienced one. This could be beneficial in several ways.