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Church Planter Assessments

Assessment Process
After submitting your application through Send Me, your next step in the planter process is pre-assessment. A set of online instruments asks a series of questions that will help you gauge your readiness to become a church planter. The three areas of focus are church planting capacity, personal character and, if married, the health of your marriage.

This discovery pathway is valuable in helping reveal the authentic you. Depending on the results of your pre-assessment process, you may be invited to attend the Send Network Assessment Retreat.
Assessment Retreat
This two-day retreat can be one of the greatest gifts a church planting candidate will ever receive. You will learn more about your strengths and growth opportunities in these two days than you probably have before, or ever will again. In an environment of encouragement and support, experienced leaders from the context where you desire to plant will measure your church planting readiness in nine essential areas: calling, emotional and spiritual health, family dynamics, vision, leadership, communication, missional engagement, disciple-making and social skills.

Assessors, along with a representative from your Sending Church, will gather together at the end of the two-day retreat to make a recommendation and develop a growth plan for each candidate. There are four possible recommendations:
This candidate is thoroughly prepared for the task of planting in this environment.
Ready With Conditions
This candidate is ready, but there is an issue of concern. Proceed ahead in the planting process while working with a coach on strengthening that area of concern.
Further Development Needed
There are several areas indicating a planter is not yet ready to plant in this context. A recommendation toward a church planting internship is likely. A development plan will be drawn up and given to the candidate.
In some cases, the greatest gift that can be given to a prospective church-planting candidate is the honest appraisal that church planting is not likely his path in ministry. This transparency will save a would-be planter from some painful and discouraging days.
Upon receiving a "Ready" or "Ready with Conditions," candidates planting in one of the 32 Send Cities will be invited, at NAMB’s expense, to attend a three-day orientation at our offices in Alpharetta, Georgia.

This will be an encouraging and culture-building time of networking, inspiration and pure fun. In these three days, you will experience the rationale behind, and expressions of, our Send Network values of brotherhood, multiplication and kingdom.

The orientation gathering culminates in an unforgettable experience of collaborative commitment to your city. It is our prayer that these days might shape the early steps and future trajectory of kingdom-first movements across North America.
2018 Assessment Retreats
Las Vegas
Chicago & Minneapolis/St Paul
Washington DC & Baltimore
Atlanta Downtown & New Orleans
San Francisco
Detroit & Cleveland
Washington DC & Baltimore
Kansas City & St Louis
Chicago & Minneapolis/St Paul
Atlanta Downtown & New Orleans
Las Vegas
San Francisco
New York City & Philadelphia
South Florida
Seattle & Vancouver & Portland
Los Angeles & San Diego
Columbus & Cincinnati & Indianapolis
Calgary & Edmonton
Atlanta West
New York City & Philadelphia
Kansas City & St Louis
South Florida
Calgary & Edmonton
Seattle & Vancouver & Portland
Los Angeles & San Diego
Columbus & Cincinnati & Indianapolis
New York City & Philadelphia
Aug. 27-28
Sept. 6-7
Sept. 6-7
Sept. 17-18
Sept. 20-21
Sept 25-26
Sept 27-28
Sept 27-28
Oct. 1-2
Oct. 2-3
Feb. 5-6
Feb. 5-6
Feb. 8-9
Feb. 8-9
Feb. 12-13
Mar. 1-2
Mar. 5-6
Mar. 14-15
Mar. 19-20
Apr. 9-10
Apr. 10-11
Apr. 12-13
Apr. 17-18
Apr. 24-25
May 1-2
May 2-3
May 10-11
Aug. 1-2
Aug. 20-21
Oct. 11-12
Oct. 15-16
Oct. 16-17
Nov. 5-6
Nov. 13-14
Nov. 14-15
Nov. 14-15
Registration Deadline: July 19
Registration Deadline: July 29
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Registration Deadline: August 9
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Registration Deadline:December 28
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Registration Deadline: April 1

Registration Deadline: June 23
Registration Deadline: July 12
Registration Deadline: September 2
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Registration Deadline: September 7
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Registration Deadline:October 5
Registration Deadline: October 6
Registration Deadline: October 6
Emphasized Retreats

Kansas City (St. Louis)
February 5-6 (Deadline is December 28)
August 20-21 (Deadline is July 12)

Chicago (Twin Cities)
February 8-9 (Deadline is December 31)
September 6-7 (Deadline is July 29)

Detroit (Cleveland)
March 12-13 (Deadline is February 1)
October 1-2 (Deadline is August 23)

Columbus (Cincinnati and Indianapolis)
May 2-3 (Deadline is March 24)
November 14-15 (October 6)
90 Days Out - Candidate should have application completed and started on CPIA.
Up to 60 Days Out - The center can be populated by 8 SEND CITY candidates, 2 Non Send, and 2 Non SBC Candidates (8-2-2 Ratio).
60 Days Out - The center populated on a first registered, first reserved basis.
40 Day Deadline - Candidate must have completed CPIA, Questionnaires, Registration and Candidate Rep Registration to attend. The 40 Day Deadline is now a hard stop.
NAMB will assist with travel expenses for candidates traveling to a Send Network Assessment Center Retreat Hub from a partnering Send City (with the exception of Baltimore/DC). NAMB will reimburse candidates for mileage and up to two hotel nights. Candidates will be responsible for meals and any other travel expenses they may incur. Candidate Reps are not reimbursed for travel expenses.
Candidate’s Check List
Application (Must be completed 90 days out from retreat.)
Background Check
Credit Check
Ministry Safe Training
CPIA Pre-Assessment on the Send Portal (Must be completed 60 days out from retreat.  This takes an average of 25 days to complete.)
Church Planter Assessment
DISC Assessment
Church Planter 360
Prepare Enrich (if married or engaged)
Spouse Church Planter Assessment (if married)
Spouse DISC (if married)
Spouse Church Planter 360 (if married)
Pre-Assessment Retreat Questionnaires on the Send Portal (This takes an average 2 days to complete.)
Candidate Questionnaires
Retreat Registration (Link will be sent upon completion of Pre-Retreat Questionnaires.)
Spouse Questionnaires (if married)
Calling & Vision Questionnaire
Leadership Questionnaire
Missional Engagement & Planting Questionnaire
Communication Questionnaire
Emotional & Spiritual Health Questionnaire
Calling Questionnaire
Health Questionnaire

Candidate Retreat Registration & Payment
Candidate Rep Registration
Retreat Assignment on Send Portal (Once Candidate and Candidate Rep are BOTH registered, pre-retreat activates are assigned in the Send Portal. These will take 2 weeks to complete.)

Module 1 - Mini sermon and 3 minute vision cast (30 minutes to complete)
Module 2 - Calling (7 days to complete)
Module 3 - Self-leadership (7 days to complete)
Download this Check List
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