Church Planter Candidate Assessment


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Rev. Dr. John Hirsch, DMin

If you believe the Lord is leading you to be a church planter in the Texas District, you are encouraged to follow the Lord’s lead and at least begin an assessment process.

There is no question that church planting is exciting. There is nothing like bringing the Gospel to people who do not know Jesus in ways that are creative and entrepreneurial. However, church planting is also very challenging. Many who have embraced church planting have discovered that Satan presses hard against weaknesses previously ignored or not realized. He does not want the kingdom of God to expand. Still, this is true no matter where or in any vocation you serve Christ. With that being said, perhaps now is the time for you to discover your aptitude, specifically for church planting. Please start with following the steps listed below.

To get started, the following steps are required:

  • Spend time in prayer seeking God’s guidance as you consider this new venture.
  • Talk to and pray with others about this matter. Are conversations with others affirming of your considering being a church planter? Do you sense a calling from God to move in this direction? If these actions lead to a sense of being called to be a church planter, move to the next step.
  • To begin the assessing process, the candidate is to complete an application form. Click here to download this form. Once completed and SAVED, send a copy as an attachment in an email to Dr. John Hirsch (Texas District church planter candidate assessor). After the application is received, Dr. Hirsch will be in contact with the candidate to provide a guideline of the next steps to be taken to move the process along. Depending on a number of factors, the whole process can take from a few weeks to a few months.