Pathway to Planting
We are elated you have sensed a call from God to explore the realm of church planting! The steps below are meant to explain the planting process in a simple manner. We are fully aware every planter’s path may look a little different. At any point in the process, feel free to contact our CMC team for additional guidance.
1 | Prayer
As you begin the discernment process, formally invite several close friends and mentors in your life to start praying for you.
2 | Get To Know Us
Discover what The Wesleyan Church is all about and discern whether or not you have an affinity with TWC by going HERE. If you have any church polity, theological, lifestyle, or practical questions, it’s best to get them answered early on in the planting process. Feel free to email your questions to our Director of Church Multiplication Ed Love.
3 | Let Us Get To Know You
We’d love to get to know you better. Share your storyline with the CMC team HERE and let’s connect!
4 | Get Assessed
We believe our Church Planter Assessment Center is a key factor to our movement’s strength. The 3-day experience for planters and their spouses is facilitated by highly qualified assessors and offered within multiple regions throughout the year. For access to a free pre-assessment tool and Assessment Center next steps go HERE.
5 | Explore Training Options
Church planting training is absolutely essential. Proverbs 18:15 says, “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” We have developed multiple training options where you can seek knowledge and learn from those who have gone before. Learn more about your training options HERE.
6 | Find a Church Planting Residency
In some cases, the Assessment Center may recommend more experience and training. Partnering with a multiplying church for a period of time may be your next step. A church planting residency is a 10-month immersion program designed to prepare a church planter to effectively launch a new life-giving church. Residents will be given hands on ministry opportunities, along with prepatory coaching and training established by the sending church leader. For more information on residency options go HERE.
7 | District Alignment
One of the benefits of planting within The Wesleyan Church is the support structure in each of our Districts. Each District has a District Superintendent passionate about supporting church planters and reaching people who are far from God. Each District’s church planting approval process may vary, so it is important to build a relationship with your DS (or the District’s Director of Church Multiplication) and learn about your particular District’s planting path.
8 | Find a Coach
Coaches help you discover where God is working in your ministry, discern opportunities, and develop action steps to see God’s agenda become reality. For more information go HERE.
9 | Draft a Church Plant Proposal
After successfully passing the Assessment Center, it’s time to get strategic and develop your timeline and plans. You will need to present a detailed church planting proposal to your District’s Board of Administration (DBA). This proposal will cover your personal calling, target group, budget, and specific timeline of events. Download an example proposal HERE.
10 | Receive District Approval
Your District Superintendent will direct you as to when the District Board of Administration will approve your project. After approval, you will be free to advance, raise funds, and plant the new church!
11 | Set Up Official Documentation
After District approval, you will need to set up your official documentation for your new church. You will need an EIN# and 501C3 set up before you can get a bank account to receive donations. Don’t fret; we’ve made it really simple. Go HERE for your next steps.