By Ed Stetzer: Looking across the spectrum of church planting networks and denominations, there are nine basic systems that make up a typical Church Planting System in a North American church planting network.
A prayer strategy is the lifeline of any church planting network. One example of this is a regular prayer time, such as the way that the C2C Network staff and planters pray every day at 10:02 according to Luke 10:2, asking the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His field. Other networks mobilize their existing churches through the web, social media, or postcards to pray for new or potential church plants and planters.
The best recruitment and discovery strategies don’t just focus on attracting potential church planters from outside the movement—they also focus on making disciples from within the movement who will one day plant churches. A recruitment strategy often provides a clear pathway for someone who feels called to church planting but needs help discerning how to respond to that call.
The assessment process is often kicked off with a pre-assessment process, which allows the network to get to know the potential planter. There are various ways assessments can happen today, from online applications to video interviews to the more common approach of utilizing a multi-day assessment center. Assessment philosophies can range from helping candidates discern their church planting calls to assessing the levels of financial partnerships with the candidates.
*This article is an excerpt fromBest Practices in Church Planting Systems that I wrote with Jeff Christofferson, Daniel Yang, and Daniel Im. Download the e-bookfor free.