church planting

Converge Church Planter Assessment - Day 1

Cubs Today Kalee and I made our way to Chicago for the Converge Church Planters Assessment. According to the Converge Worldwide website, the Converge assessment is:

An intensive four-day event staffed by trained assessors to encourage and observe church planting candidates. Candidates have the opportunity to preach, cast vision, work in team settings, and meet with counselors and assessors to prepare for life as a church planter. Assessors provide a personalized and thorough assessment of church planting candidates.

Essentially, it’s a process designed to help discern whether or not I am qualified, called, and equipped with the tools and gifts necessary to plant a church.

As we enter into this process, we've been absolutely overwhelmed with prayers and support from friends, family, members of the 2 Pillars community, Converge Heartland pastors, and complete strangers. I’m hoping to keep you all updated by posting a "quick and dirty" recap/debrief after each day of the assessment here.

Some notes and highlights from today:

  • It’s been a long day—we woke up at 3:30 this morning to catch our flight to Chicago.
  • The assessment is being held at Missio Dei Chicago, just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. The Cubs played a home game tonight, so we were able to enjoy a bit of game-day atmosphere as we walked to our hotel at the end of the day.
  • I’m glad that today is over. I had two major presentations: a 10-minute mini-sermon and a philosophy of ministry presentation. The mini-sermon was followed by a brief description of my “call to church planting” and Kalee and I were asked to share five adjectives that describe one another. Q&A followed each presentation as well.
  • Finally, the day ended with a Biblical Knowledge Survey exam.

Fortunately, there are no more presentations to anticipate in the coming days.

Alright, I’m cutting this post short. It’s time for bed as we have another long day ahead of us. Thank you to all of you who are faithfully lifting us up in prayer this week.

More tomorrow.

Acts 29 Church Planting Statistics

Bob Thune on Acts 29 assessment statistics from 2006–2012:

So the Acts 29 Network has traditionally invested most of its time and energy into identifying, assessing, and training called and qualified men to plant fruitful churches. Since 2006, we’ve used a carefully built and rigorously maintained assessment process to “guard the gate” into church planting leadership. A recent audit of that process revealed the following data, which may be of interest to other geeky leaders like me who enjoy metrics:

Read the full post to see the stats.


Church Planting and Preparing for Reproduction

Scott Thomas outlines five reasons for planting churches in a recent post at Among them, he discusses the importance of reproduction for the local church:

Aubrey Malphurs believes that the secret to a vibrant Christianity is a pregnant church, culminating in reproduction. He emphasized the importance of a sending church preparing itself for reproduction (Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting, Malphurs, 2011). As a church is developing leaders, clarifying vision, sending people and resources, articulating doctrines and strategizing for mission, it will have a spiritual vibrancy accompanying these pre-birth activities.

Thomas summarizes this way:

A church on mission prioritizes its sending capacity over its seating capacity. This reproductive generosity brings health to the mother church as well as to the baby churches.

Something that Todd Bumgarner said from the very beginning is that 2 Pillars is going to be a church that plants churches. Just like a engaged couple discussing future family plans and their desire for children, reproduction was part of the vision of 2 Pillars before it was even planted.

The prayer now is that God would bless our plans and preparation and continue to grow 2 Pillars in size and maturity in order that we might give birth to another church to be planted in the city of Lincoln.

Why plant more churches in Lincoln? Check out the entire post here.

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