The cycle begins with discernment. Specifically, it begins with discerning a call to starting a new church.
There are numerous aspects to this holy process. Thus, as a Discerner, we invite you into two requirements to work through discerning a call to start a new church.
Two Essentials for the Discerning Church Starter
1) Join a Discerners group
Meet for a meal with other Discerners to discuss next steps around the potential for starting a new church. View upcoming events for discerners.
2) Begin a relationship with a coach, therapist, or spiritual advisor
The process of discernment is best accomplished with others. Therefore, we have set up the opportunity for our Discerners to meet monthly with either a coach, therapist or spiritual advisor.
Five Activities of the Discernment Process
1) Begin to develop a vision
A vision for a new church often begins with the discerning church starter. As our discerners listen and pray, we encourage them to begin to frame their vision for the context in which they find themselves.
2) Identify resourcing partner
Different leaders require different levels of resources based upon numerous elements. As these elements are perceived, we encourage our discerners to grow healthy relationships with their partners.
3) Identify a tradition
Starting a new church is difficult. Starting a new church without a tradition is even harder. Thus, utilizing our extensive networks for identifying a fitting tradition is essential for support and growth.
4) Attend an assessment center
Our assessment center for Cyclical measures one’s ability to identify what God is doing in context. Plan on walking the streets and engaging the Holy Spirit while a caring group of objective assessors gauge aptitudes essential for starting new churches.
5) Begin to gather a church starting team
We can’t do this alone. Thus, beginning to gather a team around a common and shared vision is an essential step toward becoming a church starter.