Yes it is. Serving God requires taking risks based on our FAITH in God and his unique calling in our lives. We do try to reduce as many risk factors as we can. One of the first steps is to assess if a planting couple is really gifted to not only survive but thrive in the church planting arena. A number of Pre-assessment Tools can help you get an initial confirmation of church planting as a fit for you.
No. However sufficient training is required to handle God's Word well and to lead a congregation wisely. Whatever your training level, we recruit planters who have clearly developed a set of doctrinal beliefs that align with our movement, evidence the 16 building blocks needed in a planting couple, exhibit a clear sense of call and desire to be part of our mission to plant healthy, reproductive churches throughout the Rocky Mountain West.
Converge Rocky Mountain is part of Converge, an international association of churches with historically Baptistic beliefs. To build a strong planting movement and an effective network of missional churches, planters are required to formally join Converge Rocky Mountain as an affiliated church. We expect that our planters will freely inform their congregation about our movement of churches and participate with us in our shared mission to transform lives and communities in the Rocky Mountain West and beyond.
The mission and the message of the church are unchanging and clearly communicated in the Bible. There are also principles and practices that set the boundaries for what a biblically healthy congregation looks like. However, models focus more on specific methodology and structure. CRM may contain a variety of models of churches including: virtual, house, multi-site, or attractional. The model chosen is a function of what might work best in a given community, or target group, and fits the planter.
CRM offers initial planter Multiply training. You will also have a Planting Coach who will meet with you formally on a monthly basis, in person, e-mail and by phone. Your coach will be trained and experienced in order to help you be your best as a planter, and plant effectively. Other training is available through a variety of conferences, national gatherings, online and through regional training events.
Absolutely! According to a Forbes Magazine study, entrepreneurial ventures which were partnerships of at least two people were four times more likely to succeed than sole proprietorship. Many of our church planters bring "ministry partners" with them. Value and agenda harmony and funding issues are usually easier to settle, leading to a smooth transition into church planting.