We’re officially opening the application process for our 2014|15 church planting residency. We will be taking applications through the end of 2013 and will be making final decisions by early Spring 2014. Visit HERE for more details and to apply. In this post I’m going to explain some of our vision and how that drives our applicant assessment and resident training.

Our Vision || Train Leaders To Plant Multiplying Churches

Years ago a handful of people had a crazy vision…they wanted plant a church in a major world city where there were virtually no Christians. But they didn’t just want to plant a church that survived, they wanted to plant a church that thrived, a church that would change the city, a church that would multiply itself and push back darkness with the Gospel.

It was a pretty crazy vision…but what’s crazier is that it happened. You may be more familiar with this church than you realize, I’m referring to the church of Antioch depicted for us in the book of Acts. That church was planted by a handful of believers in an influential pagan city and by the grace of God has probably exerted more gospel influence than any other church in history.

We want to plant churches like that; churches that thrive in influential cities and multiply themselves all around the world. We believe its possible for churches not only to survive but also to thrive in major cities.

But planting those kind of churches isn’t easy; from cultural differences, to financial challenges, to competing worldviews, there are innumerable obstacles that stand in the way of a Gospel-Centered church thriving and multiplying in the city.

We’ve found that it takes two main things to plant a church like that:

  1. The power of God
  2. A rightly gifted and well trained planter
    We ask God to move and we believe He will, but that’s out of our control.  But what’s in our control is developing godly leaders. You see our vision to plant multiplying churches drives our method of leadership assessment and training.

    To find the right leaders we take men through an in-depth assessment. This process involves several phases that helps applicants recognize both their strengths and weaknesses. At the completion of each assessment phase our team will provide applicants with a recommended next step; sometimes that is an invitation to move to the next phase of assessment while other times it is an action plan for growth over the next year.

    At the completion of assessment we will invite those leaders that are called, gifted, and ready to plant a multiplying church to begin an intensive 9-month training process at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

    We’re beginning the assessment process for our 2014|15 church planting residency class. If you’re a leader with a passion for church planting and a history of fruitfulness in leadership we want to talk with you. To inquire about our assessment process visit HERE. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Josh Miller (@joshmiller0604) is a Church Planting Catalyst with The Summit Network and a Church Planting Associate Pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.