If we hope to send qualified and well-equipped men to plant healthy churches that last, a development process is critical to helping planters develop the life rhythms, spiritual habits, personal and marital health, and ministry competencies needed to thrive in the faith-filled and difficult calling of starting a new church. Our primary venue for developing church planters and their families in the areas listed above is through a 12-month development cohort.
The Church Planter Development Cohort
Combining theological training with practical church planter mechanics, the goal of this cohort-based development is:
to provide development and care in the 12 areas listed in the Church Planter Profile that were found to be deficient during the assessment process,
to prepare planters personally, spiritually and organizationally to plant and launch their church
and to offer a venue to planters where lasting and supportive and personal relationships are forged with other planters.
The Process of Development
Step 1: Attend an Alignment Weekend + a SN Assessment
Before a church planter can enter into one of our development cohorts, he must have completed the other two prerequisite phases of our church planting process: (1) attend an Alignment Weekend and (2) complete and receive approval through our assessment.
Step 2: Receive an Invite to the Cohort
This cohort is an invite-only cohort for church planters who receive an “approved” or “approved with conditions” decision at one of our church planting assessments. After completing our assessment and post-assessment video call with a member of our staff, a church planter will then be personally invited into the next development cohort.
Step 3: Commit to and enjoy the Cohort.
These cohorts have been intentionally and thoughtfully crafted with the planter in mind and are designed to be a well-resourced avenue for continued training, relational connection, and a deeper dive into the culture and values of our network. While this is something that will require time and effort on the planter's part, we believe it will prove to be worthwhile for the planter and the health of his family and ministry.