Plant Alabama

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The Process

Until all communities and peoples have a body where they can hear the Gospel, fellowship, grow and be sent out on mission.

Calling

God is moving pastors, leaders and workers to start a new church.

Affirmation

Each planter needs to be affirmed by a partner church and the local association.

Assessment

1. Online – Register as an Alabama planter with NAMB.net. Must notify Brian Harper, [email protected].
2. In-person – 8 major interviews and recommendations (on Zoom and in person).

Cohort Church Planter Training

Online and in person, 3 months of weekly sessions covering 12 competencies (during this time planters can apply for grants – start up, congregational and rental).

Coaching

One-on-one monthly coaching for all planters. All planters are in coaching relationships –  Jeff Mann is the coordinator for our coaching network.

Yearly Reviews and Alignment

At the end of the calendar year, each funded planter will be evaluated.

Support

Periodic gatherings, events and a yearly picnic. New this year: Time to Plant event, residencies.

The Alabama State Board of Missions is excited about your interest in Church Planting.

Starting new churches has been called the “extreme sport” of ministry – a venture filled with great joys and tremendous challenges, and one upon which you should only embark with a clear calling from God.

Please find the tools, links and resources below to help you navigate the process of determining your next steps:

Download Discovery Tools (PDF)
This resource will help you determine how God has shaped you and whether He wants you to be involved in Church Planting

Start Here
Begin the application & screening process right now.

10 Steps to Church Planting in Alabama
View a helpful video and step by step guide of your 10-step process to plant a new church in Alabama.

100 hot spots for planting churches in Alabama.

North American Mission Board Visit NAMB.net and select “Church Planting.”

Get in touch by contacting [email protected]

Coaching Networks
A recent study found that Church Planters who are assessed well, trained well and coached well have over an 85% success rate! To that end, we have partnered together with an experienced church planter and seasoned coach to provide a high quality coaching network to Alabama church planters in one of several locations around the state.

The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions is committed to planting churches by all means necessary. That means that we’re supportive – even encouraging – of bi-vocational church planting. Not sure what that might look like, or how we can assist you in the process? Contact us to ask about resources, training and other tools available to help.

Download this excellent resource that can help! My Husband Wants to Be A Church Planter, So What Will That Make Me?

Church Planter Assistance

For church planters that are approved and trained in our ALSBOM church planting network we can provide the following assistance grants.

Church Planting Start Up – Initial grant to assist the planter in setting up for a gathering and entry into a community.

AV Assistance Grant – Upon site evaluation ALSBOM will help with the necessary AV equipment.

Congregational Assistance – The planter can qualify for monthly assistance that can go to staff funding needs.

Rental Assistance – The church planter can receive rental help for the first 2-3 years.

Other grants are available based upon need and qualification.

Congregational Assistance

1. Planter should meet with the Associational Missionary to secure endorsement (watch care or full membership) from the association for planting.

2. Planter should go to namb.net and click on PLANT A CHURCH to register as a CHURCH PLANTER.

3. NAMB will then inform the ALSBOM Church Planting office of the planter’s interest and request how to proceed. If the planter has had no prior contact with our office, he will be contacted for a pre-assessment conversation. If the planter has been in contact with our office he may be sent the application link by e –mail.

4. Planter should complete the application (approximately 10 pages) online, including four references.

5. Planter should encourage his references to respond quickly when notified by NAMB by e–mail (this sometimes slows the process).

6. Upon completion of application and response from references, NAMB will do background checks for the planter (both criminal and credit) and will notify our office of the completion.

7. At this point, you may be invited to participate in a two-day assessment retreat where multiple candidate couples will be assessed by trained counselors and experienced church planters. Other inventories will be required prior to this experience.

8. Upon completion of this assessment report, the planter will need to complete the appropriate ALSBOM application for congregational assistance (and perhaps other appropriate applications listed in step #9). These applications will then be considered by the Church Planting Task Force at our next regularly scheduled meeting.  A letter of endorsement from the Director of Missions and sponsoring church must accompany the application.

Other Assistance Available for New Church Plants

9. Other items provided by our office for church plants in addition to congregational assistance are: $5,000 startup grant, 25% grant (not to exceed $25,000) for purchase of property (as funds are available), rental assistance for meeting site may be available (as funds are available), Alabama Baptist Foundation may be able to assist with loans for first unit buildings. Visit our resource area for online applications.

NONE OF THESE ITEMS WILL BE APPROVED UNTIL THE ABOVE APPLICATION PROCESS (STEPS 1-8) IS COMPLETED WITH ASSESSMENT.

10. Each funded planter and at least one additional leader is required to have attended Alabama Church Planting Basics before being approved or within 6 months afterwards.

Information and forms needed to Plant in Alabama

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