14550 Lee Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151

Church Planter Assessment

Church planting is not for everyone. It requires a unique calling and gifting. If your goal is to plant healthy multiplying churches, we need to start with healthy leaders. Assessment helps affirm those leaders.

Passion for Planting’s Assessment Center combines a pre-screening process along with a formal 2.5 day on-site assessment to evaluate a potential planter and their spouse’s calling, health, gifts, passions, strengths and weaknesses. Following assessment, you will not only know whether or not you’re called to church planting, but you’ll also understand the next steps you should take to pursue the vision God has given you.

The assessment process includes:


  • Personality Profile testing
  • Pre-Assessment Screening Form

Assessment (2.5 days)

  • Discovery Sessions (Interviews) with Assessment Team
  • Exercises with assessment candidate couples
  • Summary interview (debrief) with Assessment Team


  • Assessment Report provided to candidate and sponsor

Our assessment team includes experienced church planters, seasoned pastors, and a clinical psychologist that examine candidates and their spouses through multiple lenses to give you a comprehensive view of your readiness to plant a church.  Additionally, a representative (sponsor) from your sending church or church planting organization is required to participate on the assessment team.  A formal Assessment Report is then provided to the candidates being assessed and their sponsor.

If you think God is calling you to plant a church, don’t move forward before investing in the assessment process. If God is calling you to plant, assessment will not only help solidify that calling, but it will supply you with helpful insight in regards to your leadership gifts. And assist you in developing your church planting action plan.

Common characteristics shared by church planters that are examined in the assessment process include:

  • Visionizing Capacity
    • Regularly discerns God’s voice and direction for their lives and ministry. Demonstrates the ability to formulate and communicate a clear compelling vision. Approaches challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles. 
  • Intrinsically Motivated
    • Driven to accomplish goals even when nobody is watching. Demonstrates a willingness to work harder and smarter. Is a self-starter and willing to build from the ground up.
  • Entrepreneurial
    • Has a track record of starting things from scratch. They see opportunities for new initiatives and take action to pursue them. Develop plans and executes them.
  • Relates to the Lost & Unchurched
    • Teaches the Bible and communicates the gospel in a style that’s understood by the unchurched. Understands the perspective of the unchurched. Has close friends that aren’t Christians and regularly shares God’s love and truth with them.
  • Creates Ministry Ownership
    • Gives ministry away to others. Helps people “buy in” and feel responsible for the growth and success of the church. Establishes a group identity. Consistently gains commitment of people to the vision.
  • Spousal Cooperation
    • Couple functions as a team operating in agreement regarding each other’s role and involvement in ministry. Model wholesome family life. Maintain healthy boundaries to protect their marriage and family life.
  • Committed to Church Growth
    • Balances “missional” and “attractional” ministry models to make disciples who make disciples. Believes wholeheartedly that God’s designed the church to grow, reproduce, and multiply. Unsatisfied with ministry maintenance. Committed to making disciples who make disciples who plant churches that plant churches.
  • Responsive to Community
    • Involved in the life of their community. Understands the needs and assets of their community. Responds to community needs by allocating resources in an efficient and effective manner. Adapts ministry philosophy to fit the community they are serving.
  • Utilizes Giftedness of Others
    • Equips and releases people into ministry. Matches people’s spiritual gifts with ministry needs and opportunities. Avoids being overloaded by effectively delegating responsibility to others.
  • Flexible and Adaptable
    • Copes effectively with ambiguity. Pivots plans when necessary. Adapts personal preferences and methods to accomplish specific tasks. Addresses challenges creatively.
  • Resilience
    • Experiences setback without feeling defeated. Rebounds from loss, disappointments and failures. Expects the unexpected. Rides the ups and downs without drifting from the mission. Has grit and determination.
  • Exercises Faith
    • Possesses a conviction regarding their call to plant a church. Expects God to do more than they could ask for or imagine in their life and ministry. Willing to wait for answers to specific prayer requests. Demonstrates a growing dependence on God.
  • Financial Responsibility
    • Demonstrates a healthy Biblical perspective regarding financial and material possessions. Avoids excessive indulgence in materialism. Manages personal, family and ministry/business finances responsibly. Views money given to the church as belonging to God and His Church.
  • Builds Group Cohesiveness
    • Unites people to work together towards a common goal. Incorporates newcomers into a network of relationships. Mitigates conflict between people assertively, constructively, and tactfully.
  • Effectively Builds Relationships
    • Responds with urgency to expressed needs of others. Makes others feel secure and comfortable in their presence. Appreciates and accepts a variety of people. Relatable, approachable and fun to be around.
  • Cultural Agility
    • Functions effectively among a variety of cultures.  Identifies, understands, appreciates and relates to a variety of cultural segments of the population.



  • Fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Recommended Hotel:  Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo.  They provide free shuttle to/from Dulles Airport and to The nZone (Assessment Center location).
Assessment Dates: Next one: April 19-21, 2021

Future dates: October 25-27, 2021

Assessment Times: Starts Monday @ 8:00am; ends Wednesday @ 12:00pm
Location: Passion for Planting @ The nZone – 14550 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151
Cost: $900 (covers planter & spouse)
Registration & Payment: Register Now

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