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Critical Success Factors

Michael Brown, Director of Church Planting
Northwest Conference of the ECC

1. Church Planter Selection
•  A pre-assessment process is utilized to screen prospective planters.
•  References are obtained from those who know the candidate in ministry contexts.
•  Planting candidates are invited to an intensive assessment center process which includes: determination of call to planting, evaluation of leadership, the ability to work with other leaders, psychological evaluation, determination of spiritual maturity, emotional health, marital stability (if married), preaching skills, evangelism gifting, and the ability to start something new. 
•  We make sure the right planter is matched to the right context.

2. Defined Philosophy of Ministry
•  The church planter and key leadership must develop a clear and compelling vision/mission/purpose.
•  The vision must be easily communicated.
•  This philosophy must be communicated and shared by the developing core.

3. Adequate Resourcing
•  Funding is provided on a step down basis over a 3 year period with the expectation that the plant will be self sufficient at the end of 3 years. 
•  The funding is expected to be a shared funding stream with moneys coming from The Department of Church Growth and Evangelism, The Northwest Conference, and the Parenting/Partnering Churches.
•  Experienced Coaching.
•  Mentoring from current church planters.
•  Ongoing support from the parent churches.
•  Exposure to a healthy church during core group development through a residency or incubation period as the group grows.

4. Support Structures
•  Network of existing church plants and planters.
•  Access to systems for administration, planning, and development through the Planting Network.
•  Accountability through active coaching.
•  We will provide tools and help with the administration/finances of the new church.

5. Staffing
•  Determine adequate long term staffing depending on the model and style of the new faith community.
•  Find gifted worship leaders, children’s ministry leaders, etc.
•  Creatively develop volunteers and a culture of serving.

6. Strong Launch Team Development
•  Look for those with leadership gifts and spiritual maturity.
•  Develop relationships with likely prospects for new church development:
1.  entrepreneurial types
2.  mission minded people from the parent church
3.  people new to the community
4.  Kingdom minded people who want to make a difference.
•  Be cautious and careful with the highly controlling and the highly needy people who will be drawn to the church.
•  It’s hard to grow a church with the disaffected from other churches.
•  Cast a clear and compelling vision for what this new work will be every time you meet with people.

7. Start Strong
•  Have the right people in place.
•  Develop a compelling vision/mission for the church.
•  Develop an adequate core group for viability of the new church.
•  Have the right resources in place.
•  Plan for long term sustainability.

Category:Fruitfulness - Years 2-3