We’re so glad you’re interested in planting an English language international church with CATALYST. Below is what you’ll experience on your pathway to planting.
Relationships are important to us! So understanding who you are and the dream that God has planted in your heart is important to us. Whether you found us on the web, through one of our pastors or through a friend of the IBC; your church-planting dream matters to us. Our leaders might even invite you to attend one of our upcoming events or gatherings as an opportunity to get to know each other better. Every step we take together will be built on our developing relationship.
2. Initial Interview
Next we would like to set up an interview with one of our LEAD Teams to talk at length, either over the phone, Skype, or face to face, to discuss your options and possibilities of church planting with the IBC. This is a great step for us to get to know each other.
During the pre-assessment process one of our LEAD Teams will use the information you have provided them to determine whether a formal assessment is the next step. An online pre-assessment will be accomplished at this point as well. If both you and the LEAD Team agree, then we plan for your attendance at an upcoming church planter assessment center.
4. Formal Assessment
We believe that church planter assessment is one of the essential elements to church planting success. We objectively determine if the leader has the character and competency building blocks typically seen in successful church planters. Assessment is usually a 3-day onsite experience that helps potential church planters clarify whether they have the specific calling, necessary gifts, and ministry skills to be an effective church planting leader.
5. Expectations Agreement
After receiving a positive recommendation from the assessment, we will walk you through our Expectations Agreement. The Expectations Agreement is a conversation on what you can expect from the IBC and what the IBC will expect from you and your new church. This is done to make sure that we both have shared understanding so we can move ahead harmoniously. We see this relationship as a covenant partnership moving together to see the kingdom of God advanced.
6. Project Proposal
Now it’s time to zero in. You will be asked to prepare an initial Church Planting Proposal focusing on your prospective church planting area and target group. The Project Proposal should describe your philosophy of ministry and basic strategies. A LEAD Team will work with you to develop and refine your proposal.
7. Call to Plant
Following the acceptance of your proposal, we will extend to you an Initial Call to be an IBC church planter. This call also includes your call to join the regional LEAD Team as well. Being part of an ongoing church planting community is critical. Our LEAD Teams are church planting cohorts of pastors, planters, and leaders who desire to be part of the ongoing church planting efforts in a specific geographical area. Being an active member in those groups is critical to your health as a planter and the health of our movement as a whole.
We arrange training opportunities that equip you with up-to-date information and current strategies for effective ministries. Some primary training subjects are ministry partnership development (support raising), church planting, and leadership.
9. Raise Support
All IBC church planters raise their own support. The type and amount of support you raise will depend on several things including family composition and needs, location of church plant, etc. You will receive training on how to recruit and develop ministry partners to raise both prayer and financial support. A support-raising coach and your LEAD Team will actively be involved in this important process.
10. Plant a Church
The planter will be coached throughout all stages of the church plant. He and his wife will be supported and encouraged through a variety of relationships and IBC venues. You are the lead in this church plant, but it is definitely a team effort. Your LEAD Team will support and encourage you through the pre-launch phase and through at least the first year of the new church’s life.
Ready to get started? Fill out our Church Planting Interest Form here.