Stages of the process
- 1: Identification
- 2: Training
- 3: Assessment
- 4: Pre-launch
- 5: Release
- 6: Support
Planters are folks who aren’t always content with what already exists, rather they have an entrepreneurial bent. They want to start new things. They want to challenge the status quo. They notice things that are wrong or broken and they have the vision of how to accomplish what’s necessary for healthy change. If that sounds like someone in your church, you may want to begin to discern with them if church planting is what God is calling them to.
To begin this stage, invite the potential planter to take the 10 Questions, a self-assessment to help them get perspective on how their gifts and abilities align with what’s necessary for church planting. These questions are intended to be a starting point for a conversation between the two of you. Then have them begin a conversation with us by scheduling a call with us.
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 your planter.
To see where they need training and how their skills compare to other successful church planters, they’ll take our first assessment, a simple interdenominational assessment tool by Lifeway Research called the Church Planter Candidate Assessment (CPCA).
This tool assesses their readiness, maturity, and some specific church planter skill sets and will provide the feedback necessary for your next discernment conversation, where you will talk through the results and address areas where they need additional training.
As you both begin to feel confident that God is calling them to plant a Vineyard Church, they will fill out the Vineyard Church Planting Application.
One part of the application will be getting a recommendation from you.
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 their current level of readiness from several different angles.
Together, you will review their results, continuing their training, helping them work on developing the key skills every church planter needs to be successful, identifying the model or approach that they’ll take in planting the church, and continuing to connect them to other pastors and leaders throughout the Vineyard.
We have specialists who can help coach and resource them in many different areas including large launch, multisites, small-town church planting, Spanish-speaking churches, and many others. View our specialists here.
You’ll also want to help them get connected to the leadership of their region and in the location that they’re going to be planting.
Once these documents have been filled out, Multiply Vineyard will send the church plant start-up funds if applicable and connect them with a coach to help support them for their first 24 months.
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.