We are Christians who want to see many more churches established around the world.  We sometimes use the terms Followers of Jesus, Kingdom Christians, Pilgrim Christians, or Anabaptist Christians to further identify ourselves.

Much church growth is simply transfer growth from folks leaving other churches. We want numerical growth to come from evangelizing and discipling local people, particularly the unchurched.  We want to see hundreds and eventually thousands of churches started that take seriously the teachings of Jesus.

Purpose and goals

of Church Planters’ Forum and Retreat

  • To provide a forum for kingdom Christians to strengthen a vision for indigenous church planting around the world, including church planting in or near North American cities.
  • To provide a setting for church planters to learn from each other and avoid pitfalls common to this work in God’s kingdom.
  • To provide an atmosphere that will revive and bring fresh vision to church planters who are experiencing burnout or disappointment.
  • To develop relationships among church planters that will discourage suspicion and competition.
  • To provide a non-urban retreat for urban workers and families.


of Church Planters’ Forum and Retreat

  • Coordinator: Ernest Eby
  • Assistant coordinator: Gary Kauffman
  • Constituency advisors/representatives: David Bercot, Allen Roth, Alvin Stoltzfus, Curt Wagoner, Kevin Groff, Finny Kuruvilla