Friday, May 13, 2011

LifeWay Unveils Church Planter Tool

By LifeWay Staff

An online Church Planter Candidate Assessment made its debut at a church planting conference in Orlando, Fla., April 26-29. Nearly 100 church planting leaders at the Exponential Conference attended a separate breakout session on the new resource.

A LifeWay Research study that shaped key steps in the process was sponsored by 11 denominations and church planting networks, including Southern Baptists' North American Mission Board, Assemblies of God, Presbyterian Church in America and the Evangelical Free Church of America.

"There are numerous other instruments available for evangelical church planting organizations to use," said Ed Stetzer, LifeWay's vice president of research and ministry development. "However, a statistically validated assessment instrument has been missing from this field."

As a result, Stetzer and his team at LifeWay Research developed the Church Planter Candidate Assessment (CPCA) to aid churches and other church planting sponsors in evaluating strengths and weaknesses of candidates who desire to establish new churches.

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Pat