An EFCA West Church Planting Network

Our Process

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Review the EFCA Statement of Faith carefully to be certain you are in full agreement with it: EFCA Statement of Faith.

Translations in Spanish and Chinese are also available at the link above. 

Additional information on EFCA theological positions and distinctives is available for your review here.

Call or email EFCA West’s Administrative Services, Xochitl Cachon, to let us know of your interest: 952.853.1755 ●



Assessment Process

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We want new church plants to flourish and carry out their Kingdom-building mandate with effectiveness.  Statistically, new churches are far more effective in evangelism than existing churches.

While a call from God is essential for any ministry, planting a new church really is different from pastoring an established church.  Research has found that a gift-mix that includes entrepreneurial experience, ability to cast vision, gather others, build teams, etc. is crucial for successful church planting.  This is true across cultures and languages.  Therefore, the EFCA West assessment process is thorough.  We want to be as certain as possible (and we want you to be certain as well) that you, with God’s guidance, have every opportunity for success in the church planting adventure.


EFCA West Church Planter Assessment Process

Step 1: Self-Assessment

In this step there are several inventories for you to complete that will establish your suitability for church planting.

Step 2: Pre-Assessment

In this step your readiness for church planting is evaluated taking into consideration your resume, experience, and family health.

Step 3: Assessment Interview

EFCA West will schedule an interview for you with one of our church planter assessment teams to further explore a church planting residency.

Step 4: Residency

Church planting residencies are an opportunity for a prospective planter to gain real-work experience in a healthy church environment. Host churches give the planter an “all-access” pass to the inner workings of the ministry, and give them responsibilities that will help prepare them to lead their church. Examples of this include starting a new ministry within the church, preaching, attending and leading staff and elder meetings, and participating in a cohort with other planters. Another important part of this process is doing research on target area of the plant and crafting a strategy that will lead the planter into the pre-launch phase. For more info on residencies, click here.

Step 5: Pre-launch

The pre-launch phase is where the planter arrives on-site and begins aggressively gathering a launch team. This also includes casting vision, building teams, securing equipment and meeting space, and impacting the community through service projects and other events.

Step 6: Launch

Finally, the planter will host “public” worship services and invite the community to join in the new work. The first year of the launch is a critical time for the church to gain momentum and set a trajectory that will carry it into the future. It is important that the planter not launch too quickly, therefore the planter will work closely with a coach to make sure the necessary elements are in place for a successful launch.

Step 7: Multiply

The best part of the new church will be the day when it becomes a sending church! The planter needs to be multiplying at every level: volunteers, groups, leaders, and ministries, so that multiplying churches will be in the lifeblood of the new congregation.




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