The 222 Plan began as a vision about how to implement the Lord’s strategy for making disciples in the local church. The strategy is based on 2 Timothy 2:2. It is refered to as a process because it is a life-long experience.
Leaving a career in industry, William L. Owens began his pastoral ministry in a rural SC church in 1963. He was zealously evangelistic and many souls converted to Christ. However, he soon noticed that the church became stagnated. Believers did not seem to grow in the spiritual graces. The Lord convicted him about majoring on evangelism at the expense of consistent biblical doctrine. Therefore, he began expositing the Scriptures line-upon-line and precept on precept.
He sought to follow the biblical admonition to preach line-upon-line and precept-upon-precept. God blessed the effort and people began to grow spiritually. He resigned his church and took up studies for the Master of Divinity at Luther Rice Seminary then located in Jacksonville, FL. Upon completion of his first degree, the school invited him to pursue the doctorate.
In 1970, after receiving the Doctor of Theology degree in Pastoral Ministry, Dr. Owens became pastor of Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. In the first year of his pastorate at Village, the local Baptist association invited Dr. Waylon Moore to conduct a pastor's seminar on personal disciple-making. It was this event that convinced Dr. Owens he should begin emphasizing one-on-one discipleship and mentoring. His further examination of Scripture convinced him that the strategy in 2 Timothy 2:2 is Christ's primary strategy for building His church in every generation.
While at Village Church, he began writing doctrinal Bible studies. He assembled the studies with other materials into a notebook. The notebook became the syllabus for his New Members class and later incorporated in his discipling of hungry believers who showed signs of desiring to go deeper with the Lord. The notebook has evolved into the 222 Plan Notebook and Leader's Guide now titled The 222 Plan Manual. (The Publications page features available mentoring materials.)
Dr. Owens' last pastorate began in July of 1984 at Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, Augusta, GA. While in this thirteen year tenure, he began to dream of an organization that would provide mentoring, leadership, and one-on-one discipleship training for the local church. The ministry was born out of this dream in 1995. At first, the only offering was the seminar on How to Build Leaders in the Local Church. The seminar utilized a pastor led process to begin one-on-one mentoring using the 222 Plan Manual.
Dr. Owens retired from the Crawford Avenue Church in 1997. In 2001, after several interim pastorates, he came out of retirement accepting the Republican Baptist Church in rural Edgefield County, SC.
He retired again in February of 2006. He now gives himself to preaching, teaching, conducting seminars, maintaining the 222 Plan website, and producing mentoring materials. He is also preserving digital media Bible Studies. Links are available on the Podcasts page.
In 2013 Rev. Lance Thomas, Pastor of Republican Baptist Church, has become the administrator for the “222 Plan Ministry.” Dr. Owens continues with the ministry as a consultant until the Lord leads otherwise.
To contact us: Rev. Lance Thomas
222 Plan Administrator
610 Republican Road
Clark’s Hill, SC 29821