Stages of the process
- 1: Identification
- 2: Training
- 3: Assessment
- 4: Pre-launch
- 5: Release
- 6: Support
Vineyard Church Planters are people who long to see the gospel extended and bring transformation to a new community.
They are folks who aren’t always content with what already exists, rather they have an entrepreneurial bent. They want to start new things and they challenge the status quo. They notice things that are wrong or broken and they have the vision of how to accomplish what is necessary for healthy change.
If that sounds like you, the identification stage is where you raise your hand and say, “I just might be interested in church planting.”
Here are the first two steps we want to invite you to take:
To help you understand the whole process of planting a Vineyard church, we’ve created an eBook that explains the steps of church planting with the Vineyard and the resources available to you.
Church planting requires a unique skill set and level of spiritual maturity.
We want to help you develop the skills and character necessary for effective and healthy church planting.
To see where you need training and how your skills compare to other successful church planters, our first assessment is a simple interdenominational assessment tool by Lifeway Research called the Church Planter Candidate Assessment (CPCA).
This tool assesses your readiness, maturity, and some specific church planter skill sets. It will provide the feedback necessary for your next discernment conversation where you will talk through your results with a spiritual leader in your life, a pastor or another church planter and continue to address areas where you need additional training and development.
As you begin to feel more confident that God is calling you to plant a Vineyard Church, you will fill out the Vineyard Church Planting Application.
The next steps in this discernment process are two assessments which will provide the context for two deeper conversations and help you focus your training in the right direction.
We want to be able to confirm with you God’s invitation on your life and offer suggestions for continued development from seasoned leaders.
This step involves a Pastoral Assessment Interview with a trained Vineyard church planting assessor and a Psychological Assessment with Campion, Barrow, and Associates to look at your current level of readiness from several different angles.
Throughout this assessment process, you will be continuing your training, working on developing the key skills every church planter needs to be successful, identifying the model or approach that you’ll take in planting the church, and continue to develop relationships throughout the Vineyard with leaders who will be able to support and encourage you throughout your journey.
We have specialists who can help coach and resource you in many different areas including large launch, multisites, small-town planting, Spanish-speaking churches, and many others.
You’ll also want to get connected to the leadership of the region you’re in. In the location that you’re going to be planting, it’s vital that you build relationships with your local pastors and area and regional leaders so that they can effectively welcome you when you’re released as a church plant.
To legally be recognized as a Vineyard church and use the Vineyard name, you will need to fill out a Legal Packet for release.
You’ll also need to complete a background check for you and your spouse, and be signed off on by your sending pastor, and regional and national Vineyard leaders. Once these documents have been filled out, Multiply Vineyard will send your church plant start-up funds, if applicable.
That’s why Vineyard Church plants receive a certified coach for up to 24 months at no charge to the planter.
New planters also get tickets to the annual Multiply Vineyard Summit, access to Vineyard Digital Membership for the first year, webinars and training opportunities, ongoing relational support and connection with other planters and pastors in their region, and much more.
We’re excited to be on this journey with you! Let’s get started.