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    Thinking about planting?

    The four steps of our church launch process...

If your passion is to start a church that reaches the lost, changes lives and glorifies God, it’s time to get ready to launch an ARC church. Our aim is to equip you with the skills, connections and resources to realise the vision you have in your heart.

What you’ll get

So many people try to start a church and fail. We don’t think that should be the case, and therefore we have designed our program to give you the greatest possible chance of success. By launching with ARC Ireland, you will get:

Training – Our world-class team will train you in what has worked for them and others when planting a church
Coaching – You will be assigned a personal coach who will walk along this path and share their counsel and experience with you
Finance – We will match-fund between £20,000-£40,000 depending on what you have raised to help you start with a bang
Relationships – You will meet others who either have been on this journey or who are on it with you

How it works

Our Launch System has four key components to take you on this journey: Meet The Tribe, Learn The Ropes, Face The Facts, and Launch The Vision.

Step 1: Meet The Tribe

Meet the Lead Team, share the dream with them, see the future together with ARC Ireland, and make an application.

We recommend doing this by coming to one of our events and meeting together with some of the ARC Team to share your vision and discuss possible next steps. If you have plans to plant then let us know in advance which event you are coming to and we’ll arrange a time to meet.

Furthermore, by coming to an ARC event, you will begin to discover some of what ARC Ireland is about. When it comes to ministry, so much if it is caught not taught, and these events are where the ARC bug spreads. We want people who embody our DNA, and these events are where that can be most clearly seen and understood by gathering with us and deciding if we are the right fit for you.

Step 2: Learn The Ropes

Attend a two-day Launch Training course with ARC Ireland and get equipped with the information and skills to start a church

At this course you will learn how to: Recruit your launch team, secure financial resources, create an attractional atmosphere, develop an effective marketing plan, strengthen your marriage and your personal leadership, constitute a church, and set members on course to discover, develop and practice their God-given purpose.

These training days are absolutely integral to the process of learning the ARC Launch Model, and therefore attendance is mandatory for all potential church planters. We guarantee it will be worth the time and money it takes to be there!

Next Training

When: 13-14 May 2016
Where: Open Arms Church, Newbridge
Sign up closes: 6 May 2016


Launch Training costs £250 per couple, which includes all training and materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Step 3: Face The Facts

Apply to launch an ARC church, and undergo an interview process throughout which we will assess your readiness to plant a church.

Once you have attended Launch Training, you will be eligible to apply to launch a church with ARC Ireland. However it is absolutely vital for us that we believe you are in the right place to launch a healthy church, and so we do a thorough assessment process of all potential planters. Most churches fail because the leader is not yet quite ready to start a church. You have your whole life to launch a church, and we want to make sure you are in the best possible place to do so before setting off.

When you have completed an application, we will invite you for an interview during which we will strive to find out whether you have: a healthy ministry track record, signs of good financial stewardship, evidence of a strong marriage, and a compelling vision for your future church.

Step 4: Launch The Vision

Start the journey towards planting an incredible church, whilst receiving coaching and financial support from ARC Ireland.

Starting a church can be a surprisingly lonely process, not to mention an expensive one. At ARC, we don’t just send our church planters off into the sunset on a wing and a prayer, we journey with them. Your coach will be there for support and advice depending on what you need, and cheer you on all the way. And whatever money you raise, from a minimum of £20,000 to a maximum of £40,000, we will match pound-for-pound (or euro-for-euro as the case may be).

This process likely takes anywhere from 6-12 months before you officially launch, and your coach will then be allocated as part of your advisory team to help you in the early stages of church development.

We want to help you launch a life-giving church.

If your passion is to start a church that reaches the lost, changes lives and glorifies God, it’s time to get ready to launch an ARC church. Our aim is to equip you with the skills, connections and resources to realise the vision you have in your heart.

Your Next Step

If you are interested in planting a church with ARC Ireland, getting connected with us, or would simply like some more information on who we are and what we do, please fill out the form below.