What are the distinguishing characteristics between a 'church plant' and a 'church'. When does a church plant know that they have become an actual church?
In presbyterianism it is when the church has its own governing session of elders I think.
In the OPC (at least in my presbytery), after a church plant becomes financially stable and sustainable, it then appeals to the presbytery to be particularized as a congregation. So, in that instance, the distinguishing factor is a recognition by the broader regional church.
Here it is.Unless someone beats me to it, I can pull some quotes from the OPC Book of Church Order later when I am at my computer.
I think the financial test is important. There is provision for a loaned session for a particular church - or was, as I recall.In presbyterianism it is when the church has its own governing session of elders I think.
This. A "church plant" isn't a particularized congregation until it is self-sufficient meaning it would have it's own, local session to govern and oversee it. Until this happens, it will be overseen by a committee of elders generally from the Presbytery where the plant is located.In presbyterianism it is when the church has its own governing session of elders I think.