PLANT A CHURCH

Twenty Twenty Initiative

AM I A PLANTER?

God is possibly stirring something in you to start looking for the thing He wants to do in your life.

AM I A PLANTER?

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

We are looking for individuals called to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches.

ASSESSMENT PROCESS

ONLINE ASSESSMENT

Click the button bellow to take our online assessment – a great tool for getting started.

ONLINE ASSESSMENT

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR CHURCH PLANTING TIMELINE TO SEE THE PROCESS

TIMELINE

FAQ

The Twenty:Twenty Initiative is a multiplying church planting initiative led by the Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God General Conference. The Vision and Initiative to plant 20 churches within our geographic region by 2020, has been met, and is now growing into a supernatural-sized vision of planting 100’s of churches.
Every situation is different. It depends on various circumstances, and the leadership covering you are under. We will work with you on deciding how to manage this.
Through our training you will learn a multitude of great skills and ideas. We believe and support the very specific way that God will ask you to use your skills and ideas. The best advice is to PROCLAIM the vision you have and watch God use others to catch the vision and become leaders.
Here is a glimpse of some of our planting covenants:

  • Provide prayer, counsel, direction, and encouragement
  • Provide and fund assessments, training, coaching, and mentoring during the initial phases of developing and planting the church
  • Give education opportunities through Church Growth, seminars, leadership training events, Church Planter cluster groups, Pastor’s workshops, planter and spouse retreats, etc.
  • Serve as credit reference for banking and commercial purposes
  • Encourage partnering, and giving of personnel from surrounding churches
  • Provide counsel and direction in preparing a system for issuing of tax deductible receipts
  • Provide a Treasurer for bookkeeping operations
  • Assist, counsel, and train in the prayer, personnel, and support-raising process
  • Provide financial commitment as previously determined
  • Make conference resources, use of staff, camps, creative programming, available to you and the church
One of the benefits of planting with the ERC Churches of God General Conference is that we will provide you with a network of support. An example of the way we want to partner and support you is through our covenants. This idea comes from scripture where Jesus creates the church as a supportive community of believers; helping and supporting each other. These covenants will help us keep us accountable to one another. We understand that planting churches is the extreme sport of ministry. We value the relationship we have with you and want you to feel part of the 150 churches that make us a strong community. We make sure you are offered coaches, planter clusters, retreats, and many training opportunities so we can “go and grow” together.
Usually intentional development of staff begins as the church has launched and is in a process of development. At the start, the planter/pastor will be developing a leadership team to help make those “next” phase developmental decisions. We are open to new approaches including large scale “staff launches”. We support and realize that even two pastor starts are becoming more popular and successful.
We believe in the vision where God has called you to plant. Therefore, some planters will have an existing location in mind already. We also will be supporting planters with the intention of placing them within targeted geographic locations within our region.
If you are newer to church planting, the process is longer, three to six months; or even longer. For someone more experienced a minimum of two to four months is expected.
Time frames are influenced by many factors and types of church plants. Naturally, planting activities can be initiated at any time. The time frame of a typical “attraction-based” church plant is 6-12 months. Missional plants have a different time processing sequence altogether.
We continually recommend planters to invest personally in learning and leadership development. Pursuing college and seminary degree programs are great tools for life development. Overall, your qualification to plant a church is your calling, not your credentials.
We plant craveable churches! Craveable! We want to partner with aspiring planters, pastors, and churches to be a part of this world changing movement. We have specifically designed tools, processes, and resources to help us assess, train, coach, and fund church planters and churches that want to partner with us. We want to use the gifts and resources that God gave us, and would love to have you be a part of this multiplying churches movement.
We do have training, mentoring, and coaching available to all of our church planters. We want to invest in you and the planter gifts you have. We are passionate about helping you grow and reach the potential that God has created for you!