The Bible provides clear standards for those who serve in the office of pastor/elder. If you wish to become a church planter, carefully evaluate your adequacy for the job by considering these qualifications and recommendations. A completed version of this form will be required for approval into the network.

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
— 1 Peter 5:2-3
 
 
 

Calling

  • Are you confident that the potential planter is called to church planting?

  • Are you confident that the potential planter and his family are fully committed to this new church plant?

  • Are you confident the potential planter’s spouse is called and commitment to her husband and to this new church?

  • Are you confident the potential planter is called to a specific location?


Character

  • Must be a male (1 Tim. 3:1; Titus 1:6)

  • Must desire the work (1 Tim. 3:1)

  • Must be above reproach (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6)

  • The husband of one wife (1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:6)

  • Have children who believe (Titus 1:6)

  • Be temperate (vigilant) (1 Tim. 3:2)

  • Be self-controlled (Titus 1:8)

  • Be prudent (1 Tim. 3:2)

  • Be respectable (of good behavior) (1 Tim. 3:2)

  • Be hospitable (1 Tim. 3:2)

  • Be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2)

  • Holding fast to the Word (Titus 1:9)

  • Be able to exhort and refute (Titus 1:9)

  • Must have a good reputation with those outside the church (1 Tim.3:7)

  • Not addicted to wine (1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7)

  • Manages his household well (1 Tim. 3:4; Titus 1:6)

  • Free from the love of money (covetous) (1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7; 1Pet. 5:2)

  • Gentle (patient) (1 Tim. 3:3)

  • Not pugnacious (1 Tim. 3:3)

  • Not a new convert (novice) (1 Tim. 3:6)

  • Not self-willed (Titus 1:7)

  • Not quick-tempered (not soon angry) (Titus 1:7)

  • Loving what is good (Titus 1:8)

  • Sensible (sober) (Titus 1:8)

  • Just (Titus 1:8)

  • Devout (holy) (Titus 1:8)

  • Do you affirm the potential planter’s character based on the above criteria?

  • Would you as the lead pastor and as the representative of your elder team affirm and recommend the potential planter to be an elder at your local church?


Spiritual and Theological Health

  • Does the potential planter seem to have a vibrant personal relationship with Jesus?

  • Does the potential planter give evidence of the fruit of the Spirit and that the gospel is presently at work in his life?

  • Does the potential planter possess a clear understanding of doctrine?


Pastoral/Shepherding Gifts

  • Does the potential planter seem to possess the ability to shepherd people well?

  • Does the potential planter have the ability to handle conflict at home and in the local church well?

  • Does the potential planter have a clear disciple-making plan?


Leadership Gifts

  • Does the potential planter possess the leadership traits communicated in 1 Peter 5?

  • Does the potential planter have the ability to draw and train others, equipping them for ministry and life?

  • Does the potential planter portray resiliency when facing obstacles or setbacks?

  • Does the potential planter demonstrate the courage and faith necessary to start something new?

  • Has the potential planter demonstrated the ability to start new ventures with relative success?


Preaching Gifts

  • Are you confident that the potential planter has the ability and aptitude to preach consistently week in and week out?

  • Has the potential planter preached in your church?


Type of Planter

  • In 250 words or less describe what type of pastor and leader is the potential planter is (pioneering/visionary, shepherd, lead pastor, campus pastor, behind the scenes, counselor, etc.).