Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Church Planter Assessment

When it comes to assessing the readiness of a church planter candidate, we base our assessment on a modification of the Ridley/Logan assessment.  A number of the categories remain the same, but a few changes are necessary in light of our current context in the West.  We assess on a Missional Church Perspective rather than a church growth perspective.  Here are the categories we examine.

  • Visionizing Capacity
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Discipleship & Ministry Ownership
  • Incarnational Living
  • Spousal Cooperation
  • Builds Loving Relationships
  • Missional Lifestyle
  • Responsiveness to the Community
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Building Cohesive Groups
  • Resilience
  • Exercises Faith

The Process
First we have each person fill out a questionnaire for church planters. Then we conduct a 6 to 8 hour intense interview designed to discover past behavior demonstrated in the church, family and workplace over a period of time that correlates to the needed qualities to be a fruitful church planter in our current context. Spouses are encouraged to be a part of the interview.

The Interview
Part I – Four Categories 1 hr 45 min
Part II – Three Categories 1 hr 45 min
Part III – Three Categories 1 hr 30 min
Part IV – Three Categories 1 hr 15 min

Typical Time Breakdown
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Intro
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Session I
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Session II
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Session III
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Session IV
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closure

After the Interview
After the interview we take the time to assess each category in each of the four to six subcategories. Following an analysis, we then write up a church planters assessment report. The report includes the following details:

  • Overview of church planting potential
  • Our conclusions
  • A paragraph description of each behavioral category
  • A graphic summary of each category

You can take the next step by checking my availability, and filling out the pertinent information.