What Does it Take to be a Church Planter?

By Danny Parmelee  |  Vice President of Church Planting

One of the reasons that Converge has such a high success rate in church planting is because they recognize that not everyone is wired to be a church planter. Over the years, and through much experience, Converge has developed one of the most robust assessment processes in church planting. Many denominations have now even followed our process as a template. The Assessment Center is a four day, in depth look at the church planting candidate and their spouse.  The Assessment isn’t simply looking at someone’s past ministry experience, education, or knowledge of church planting. Instead, the Assessment is discerning if the candidates possess spiritual gifts, talents, personality characteristics. The process is NOT set up as Pass/Fail for if you are a good pastor or potentially effective in ministry. It is laser focused on specific gift mix for church planting.

Recent Assessment Center

These Assessment Centers are held around the country and attended by all Converge districts.  Also other denominations and organizations that don’t have their own are also allowed to be assessed by our team. Our most recent Assessment Center was hosted by our very own Heritage Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The church did an amazing job hosting the candidates and assessors so a shout out of THANKS to all those at Heritage that made the week enjoyable.  We had three couples from Converge MidAmerica at the Assessment. Two of those couples are from the Middle East and specifically planning to launch Arabic speaking congregations.

Prayers For Next Assessment Center

Our next Assessment Center will be in Seattle, Washington June 5th through the 8th.  We have couples from Little Rock, AR, St. Louis, MO, and a Campus Pastor candidate launching out of one of our Michigan churches.  Please be in prayer for these couples along with all the assessors. God continues to provide high quality candidates for church planting and we Praise Him for that.

Have Potential Candidates?

Many people ask who should be going to these Assessment Centers and how to determine if they are ready.  Well the good news is that you don’t have to make that determination. If you have staff members, lay leaders, colleagues that you think might be potential planters send them our way.  Before we make the time and resource investment to send someone to the official Assessment Center we have a process and a few tools to see if they show initial potential. There is no harm in beginning the conversation so please put us in touch with people that you think might be wired to plant a church.  Email me if you have any questions danny@convergemidamerica.org

Here are the upcoming Assessment Centers:

  • June 5-8, 2018 Seattle, Washington

  • August 14-17, 2018 Denver, Colorado

  • November 6-9, 2018 Phoenix, Arizona