Why Assessment?


To help the church planter to see what they already have and what needs to be developed for fruitful church planting ministry, in four main areas of calling, character, chemistry and competence


To provide their coach with an extensive picture of the church planter’s strengths and areas for growth so that the coach can come alongside them in a more effective way


To provide other people around the church planter with whom they choose to share the assessment results (for example, their team as well as their leaders, supervisors, etc.) with a realistic picture of the potential of the church planter so that they can work together better

Main Values


Honesty and transparency

Respect and active listening

Balance between grace-giving and truth-telling

Exploring for quality feedback instead of testing for passing/ failing

Blessing and encouragement

Three Steps

The church planter completes a self-assessment online

A trained Assessment team conducts an extensive interview with them

The Assessment team writes a summary report and presents it to the church planter (and other authorized people, as agreed beforehand)

The Assessment Team

Lead assessor

A trained and experienced assessor who leads the church planter and other assessors throughout the process

Assistant assessor

A trained assessor who helps the lead assessor throughout the process


A person who has basic understanding of the process, is being trained as an assessor and can contribute upon the leader assessor’s request

The Categories


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Having a clear sense of God’s calling into church planting


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Godly character & strong marriage and spousal support (if applicable)


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“Right” fit within one’s denomination/ network and church planting context


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10 competencies which are essential to effective church planting:

Visionary leadership
Starting – gathering
Team building
Group & leader multiplication
Knowledge of church planting
Emotional intelligence

Our Approach

The main presupposition is that past experience is the best predictor of future behavior:

Focus is kept on the church planter’s past behavior and ministry asking for specific actions, stories and repeated patterns

Most of the questions are open-ended to explore the church planter’s past experience in the best possible way

Any evaluation is delayed until after the interview

The process is not a counseling session, typical job interview or going through a checklist

Next Steps

If you want to take the self-assessment online, please, click here:

If you want to be trained as an assessor, please, go to your national page.