Becoming a church planter in the Evangelical Free Church of Canada (EFCC) involves 5 steps:
Step Number 1: Initial Contact
Make an initial contact via e-mail, letter, phone call or in-person contact with Home Office, your District Superintendent, or the Church Planting Catalyst. In that contact, state your desire to become a church planter in the EFCC, some initial personal background, family and ministry information and where or with whom you would like to plant a church.
Step Number 2: Informal Assessment
Complete the online informal assessment and send your results with a resume and cover letter to your District Superintendent. If you have not determined a preferred District location for your church planting ministry, send your information to the EFCC Church Planting Catalyst, Dr. Charlie Worley.
Step Number 3: Interview with Church Planting Leadership
If you remain interested in becoming a church planter and are convinced that you have the qualifications and characteristics needed in a planter, contact the District Church Planting Leader, District Superintendent or EFCC Church Planting Catalyst to arrange for a phone/Skype or in-person interview. This interview may also involve other district personnel or leaders.
Step Number 4: Church Planting Application
If the District or Home Office approves you for the next step, you and your spouse (if applicable) will be asked to complete a thorough Church Planting Application to be submitted to the EFCC Office. Copies may be given to appropriate district church-planting leaders or District Superintendents. A determination will then be made to proceed to the next step in the assessment process.
Step Number 5: Formal Church Planting Assessment
If approved, you will then be asked to complete a formal church planter assessment process. In most instances you will probably be asked to go through a 3-5 hour behavioural interview Church-Planter Assessment. This interview will be done by a small team of trained assessors who will collaborate on your assessment results. You will be given your assessment results in writing in a personal interview within a couple of weeks. Or, you may be chosen to attend a 3 or 4 day Church-Planter Assessment Centre where the results are presented on site. In either situation, both you and your wife must go through the formal assessment together.
If you are recommended as a church planter after this 5-step process, you will begin working with your district Church Planting Leader or District Superintendent who will make every effort to assign you a coach and provide you with training through a Church Planting Bootcamp or other means. It is our desire that no planter be left alone.