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 by 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 assessment process, the candidate is to complete an application form. Click here to download this form. Once completed, mail the application and authorization form to Office of the President, Texas District, LCMS, 7900 East HWY 290, Austin, TX 78724.

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