Mission Priority: 50 Churches in 25 Years
FOL Antioch exists to develop church planters into elite urban apostles. Our new churches will be planted among the urban poor and unreached people. Our plan is to develop 50 church planting apostles in the next 25 years.
Why New Churches?
The major cities of our world are boiling with tensions rooted in racial and socio-economic class divide. The gospel has the power to tear down the walls of racial and class hostility. Because every ministry is one generation from extinction, we must plant new churches that give voice to the emerging leader. Church planting is most effective strategy for evangelism and developing new disciples.
Clinton Leadership Theory
FOL Antioch has been entrusted to teach and popularize the life work of Dr. J. Robert Clinton. Our pastors will live out the principles of Clinton Leadership Theory and in order to be counted among the 33% of pastors who finish well.
The Evangelical Covenant Church
FOL Antioch plants our new churches with the Evangelical Covenant Church. As the director of church planting for the Evangelical Covenant denomination, John has worked closely with denominational leaders to forge a strategic and financial partnership for new plants.
The major cities of our world are boiling with tensions rooted in racial and socio-economic class divide. The gospel has the power to tear down the walls of racial and class hostility. Because every ministry is one generation from extinction, we must plant new churches that give voice to the emerging leader. Church planting is most effective strategy for evangelism and new disciples.
Fountain of Life Antioch is a ministry that is intentionally and unabashedly built on the Word of God. Dr. John Teter's ministry began with a prophetic promise from God through a minister thatwas strong in the power gifts. The prophecy was: “John, you will become a teacher of my Word.” For the last three years, he has studied the Acts of the Apostles. FOL Antioch has emerged from one section of this amazing book: The Planting of the Church at Antioch. The church where the followers were first called Christians went on to become the launching pad for international church planting.
FOL Antioch Ecosystem
We implement our mission priority of 50 new churches with an integrated model. Every new church plant will be planted by FOL Antioch within the larger FOL Ecosystem. For the new plants to do well, all the components of our ecosystem must be strong. The key components of our system are three-fold:
- Fountain of Life Covenant Church - The flagship and mother church was planted in 2007. The spiritual DNA of FOL is based on Luke’s Gospel and the commitment to make and deepen disciples among the urban poor. FOL serves as the technical and inspirational model for our network of new church plants.
- Church Planting Leadership Lab - FOL Antioch trains urban apostles to plant thriving new churches. Core to this vision is training church planters to finish well. Based on the life-long work of Dr. J. Robert Clinton, only 1/3 of Christian leaders finish well. We have identified the barriers, the enhancements, and teach our pastors to develop themselves over a lifetime.
Church Planting Partnership
FOL Antioch plants churches with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Based in Chicago, this 128 year old denomination has 850 churches in America and Canada. The Covenant Church is the only denomination to have grown every year for the last 20 years. The Evangelical Covenant Church is currently the industry leader in church planting. John Teter began serving as the national director of Church Planting in 2013.