Church Planting Ministries DRAFT Church Start Process Contact with Church Planting Ministries The Candidate registers on website (www.churchplantingteam.org), or by phone or e-mail with the CPM office. Lana Melton, Ministry Assistant (770-936-5228, firstname.lastname@example.org). The Ministry assistant determines where the Candidate is interested in planting a mission and who the sponsor(s) might be (church(s) and association). The Ministry assistant notifies the responsible CPM Regional Consultant. The Ministry assistant emails the candidate the first CHURCH PLANTER APPLICATION PACKET. Ministry Assistant copies Sponsoring Church(s) and Association on all correspondence with the Church Planter Applicant. Upon receipt of completed application packet, Ministry assistant compiles a file on the applicant and plant and notifies the responsible Consultant that he should contact the applicant for a pre-orientation consult. Ministry assistant should email the applicant acknowledging receipt of the completed package. Pre-Orientation Consultant conducts a pre-orientation interview with the applicant. Following the pre-orientation interview, the Consultant will notify the Ministry assistant to: o 1. Process the applicant’s completed Child Protection Volunteer Policy with the office of Vice President, Bobby Boswell. o 2. Invite the applicant to Church Planter Orientation and explain registration process. Church Planter Orientation Ministry Assistant, Lenna Moore contacts the candidate to register for Orientation. Lenna will also confirm if the candidate has been pre-assessed. Consultant will conduct a Pre-Assessment interview with the candidate. After the Pre-Assessment interview, the Consultant contacts Carol Jenkins to set up an Assessment interview. Assessment The Candidate is assessed and the assessment report is sent to the CPM office. The Consultant sends a notification letter to the candidate informing the results of the assessment. Once the candidate passes assessment and based on acceptable background checks, should be enrolled for Basic Training Journey. Basic Training Journey The Consultant informs the Ministry Assistant (Lenna Moore) the names of candidates to be invited to the training. The Ministry Assistant sends a Basic Training Journey invitation to the candidate. The Candidate returns the completed Basic Training Journey registration form, with payment ($100.00 per team), to the CPM office. The Ministry assistant (Lenna Moore) mails a confirmation letter with directions and schedule. Church Planter Development Immediately following the completion of Basic Training Journey, the Consultant should assign the Church Planter to a Church Planter Network and a Coach. He should explain to the planter that he is expected to attend the monthly CPN meetings (except June and July). The Consultant should also, working with the sponsoring partners, make sure that the Church Planter has a Supervisor and that the Planter, Supervisor, and Coach understand their responsibilities and expectations. The Consultant will maintain CPN attendance records on each church planter. Basic Training II will be conducted with each Church Planter at the beginning of second-year support. The same process will be followed for registration for Basic Training II. Financial Assistance Start-up funds The Church Planter can request start-up funds (up to $5000.00) by contacting his Consultant. A detailed description of the use/purpose of start-up funds should accompany the request. The Consultant calls or emails the Ministry assistant (Lana Melton) requesting that the voucher be prepared and submitted. The Specialist is responsible for approving all start-up-fund requests. When approved, start-up fund requests will be sent to the business office for processing (approximately one week process). Start-up fund checks will be mailed from the CPM office. Church Pastoral Assistance (CPA) Church Pastoral Assistance is limited to $800.00 per month for a twelve month period. Applicants can apply for two one-year terms. The Church Planter requests CPA funding through the Consultant. The Consultant emails the application to the Church Planter. The Church Planter mails the completed application with supporting documentation (area demographics, annual budget, sponsoring church and association information) to the CPM office. The Consultant will review and sign off on the supporting documentation. The Ministry Assistant (Lana Melton) sends a letter to the Church Planter acknowledging the receipt of the CPA documents and stating “it is in process.” Upon the approval of the Specialist, the request is forwarded to the GBC Administration Committee for approval (this committee meets each month except July and September). If approved by the Administration Committee, the Church Planter will receive a letter of approval (copies sent to sponsoring church and association) and instructions on completing the required monthly report form via the Tracking System. The Monthly CPA checks are mailed upon the receipt of the Church Planter’s monthly report. Site Grants One-time site grants are available for new churches making their first purchase of property. The grant is for up to 25% of the cost of the property. Grant amounts are: $15,000 for the purchase of five to eight acres and $25,000 for eight or more acres. Loans Loans are available for up to $200,000 for site and first unit buildings.
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