I’ve been attending a Church Planter Assessment Center for Converge http://www.convergeworldwide.org/ all week. Not only do they have one of the most vibrant church planting movements in the U.S., they really know how to assess potential church planters. The assessment process is one part of a three part process that has allowed them to achieve somewhere near an 85% success rate in their church plants. The three parts are Assessment, Coaching and Risk Management. Having taken part in this process now, I understand why they have such a good reputation in the assessment world.
Their assessment includes three different personality profiles, multiple problem solving activities, public speaking, philosophy of ministry, interviews and other tools. All of these put together provide an accurate picture of the potential planter, which leads to a very valuable assessment. Not everyone who wants to plant churches is wired for the task. Some who are wired aren’t quite ready. The assessment recommends practical steps for these candidates to help them become prepared.
One of the hardest things an assessor can do is to tell a potential candidate that he is not wired for church planting. As difficult as this is, it is also the best thing an assessor can do for that person. It can save them a lot of pain and suffering.