This two-day retreat can be one of the greatest gifts a church planting candidate will ever receive. You will learn more about your strengths and growth opportunities in these two days than you probably have before, or ever will again. In an environment of encouragement and support, experienced leaders from the context where you desire to plant will measure your church planting readiness in nine essential areas: calling, emotional and spiritual health, family dynamics, vision, leadership, communication, missional engagement, disciple-making and social skills.
Assessors, along with a representative from your Sending Church, will gather together at the end of the two-day retreat to make a recommendation and develop a growth plan for each candidate. There are four possible recommendations:
This candidate is thoroughly prepared for the task of planting in this environment.
Ready With Conditions
This candidate is ready, but there is an issue of concern. Proceed ahead in the planting process while working with a coach on strengthening that area of concern.
Further Development Needed
There are several areas indicating a planter is not yet ready to plant in this context. A recommendation toward a church planting internship is likely. A development plan will be drawn up and given to the candidate.
In some cases, the greatest gift that can be given to a prospective church-planting candidate is the honest appraisal that church planting is not likely his path in ministry. This transparency will save a would-be planter from some painful and discouraging days.