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These characteristics are used to select a church planter.

  • Visioning Capacity
  • Intrinsically Motivated
  • Creates Ownership of Ministry
  • Relates to the Unchurched
  • Spousal Cooperation
  • Effectively Builds Relationships
  • Committed to Church Growth
  • Responsive to Community
  • Utilizes Giftedness of Others
  • Flexible and Adaptable
  • Builds Group Cohesiveness
  • Resilience
  • Exercises Faith
  • Demographic study of potential church plant physical area

The assessment interview does not evaluate the vision/goals of the church plant but rather the likelihood of the planter being creative and outgoing enough to engage the process with predictive positive results.

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  • Coaching - Train potential planter in the skills of coaching
  • Personal Development - Soul Care – Professional Psychological service awareness for planters and their family
  • Conflict Resolution - Helping the planter to be aware of possible conflicts and imparting the skills for effective resolution
  • Mentors – Cowboy Churches, Language Churches, Hispanic Churches, African American Churches and other affinities such as Biker, Country and Sportsman churches

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  • Core Development – The Steps to gather and develop a group of people to embody the DNA of the church
  • Leadership Development – Exposes planters to proven leadership development models in order to enable them to develop their own system
  • Pastoral Development – Impart the essential elements of pastoral care and the necessary relational skills of a pastor including but not limited to ordinances, pastoral counsel, doing funerals and hospital and home visits.
  • Preaching – Enhancing preaching skills by having each planter specify an objective, preach for the group and allow the group to provide
  • Pastoral Care – Providing a deeper look into pastoral care skills for the purpose of equipping planters in critical issues such as suicide prevention, crisis management, marriage and family conflict, grief, and loss
  • Main Worship Experience – Help the planters to lead their team in building all the components of the main worship gathering and post worship touch that maximizes the opportunity for assimilation
  • Cultivating Healthy Volunteers – Impart the skills to identify, cultivate and empower healthy volunteers who are effective, fulfilled and appreciated

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  • Vision Development – Train Planters to develop a targeted vision for implementation and buy-in by the core group
  • Strategy Planning – Train Planters in developing a practical process to achieve the vision
  • Evangelism - Exposing planters to various resources for and methods of modeling and developing a church evangelism process
  • Disciple Making Process – Exposes planters to current reproducing disciple-making processes so that they can develop their own process
  • Social Media – Teaching Planters how to use social media as a ministry tool most effectively for your church internally and externally

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  • Raising Ministry Support – Teach effective skills to build relationships with people who will support the ministry financially, spiritually, and holistically
  • Church Administration – Exposes them to multiple models of church administration and trains them to be healthy stewards of the resources and necessary legal relational partnerships
  • Church Starting Process – Train the planter to fulfill the steps in covenant expectations in the Texas Baptist Church Starting process
  • Missional Partners – Connect planters to the many Baptist ministries and mission partner resources

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