Apr 30, 2014


The Aletheia Model: Planting in the Commonwealth

Pastors Paul Fiske and Matt Light of Aletheia Church in Harrisonburg, VA talk about the Aletheia model and what it’s like to be collegiate church planters of a rapidly growing and multiplying congregation. They discuss how the church grew from an in-home Bible study, to a church of 350 predominantly collegiate attendees, to becoming a highly integrated community of nearly 1000 students and townspeople. They also shed light on the multiplication process of how Aletheia has raised up leaders and teams to plant 5 more churches already – and has plans for many more.


Brian Frye (National Collegiate Strategist – North American Mission Board)
Paul Fiske (Pastor – Aletheia, James Madison – Harrisonburg, VA)
Matt Light (Associate Pastor – Aletheia, James Madison – Harrisonburg, VA)

Key Points:

  • For ministries to grow, leaders should give focus to the areas of doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.
  • Achieving generational integration by connecting college students to community members is vital to the health of a ministry.
  • Ministries are made to multiply. If you aren’t planning to launch or support the start of new units, your vision might be too small.

Questions to consider:

  • How effective are you at carrying out the four components of ministry mentioned? (doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer)
  • In what ways can you fuse college students with community members in your context?
  • What does it look like to select a leader and team that will start a new ministry in a different location? (ie – plant a church on a new campus)
  • When starting new units, how can you encourage members to consider God’s call to go, give, and pray in support of the vision?

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Paul Fisk (left) and Matt Light (right) baptizing a student.

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Collegiate Collective

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