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West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church

Lead Church Planter

West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church
West, Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 01/06/2016
Categories: Associate Pastor - Business/Administration - Campus Pastor - Christian Education - Church Planter - Church Staff - College Pastor - Discipleship Pastor - Evangelism Pastor - Executive Pastor - Family Pastor - Interim Pastor - Men's Pastor - Other Pastor - Pastoral Care Pastor - Programming Pastor - Senior Adult Pastor - Senior Pastor - Single Adult Pastor - Teaching Pastor - Young Adult Pastor - Youth Pastor
Denominations: Wesleyan
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Church Planting: Purpose


Planting new churches in order to effectively reach more people with the life-changing hope of the gospel is a high priority for the West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church.  That's because we believe church planting is the best strategy in transforming lives and communities.  Our great desire is to help our church planters get started strong in order to not just survive, but to thrive!  We will assist the church planter in personal training, as well as the training of launch, worship and ministry teams.

I. Goal


  • Start an outreach oriented, reproducing church in the West Michigan District of the Wesleyan Church.
  • Lead the new church to be a parent church with future church planting being one of its primary values.


II. Primary Responsibilities


  • After receiving a green light at assessment and District Board of Administrators approval, funding is provided.  Most church planters who work diligently at support raising find themselves able to have a full time support package

  • Write a vision statement for the new church
  • Recruit a core group of people who are behind the vision, to work with in starting the new church
  • Prepare the church for a public launch
  • Lead the new church to be a reproducing church, being involved in reproducing within its first five years, through cooperation with other parent churches


III. Qualifications


  • Prior experience as Sr. Pastor or staff person in a healthy church
  • Vision and Leadership ability
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Personal, growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Commitment to the power and practice of prayer. (James 5:16)
  • Genuine desire to win people to Christ and see them discipled in the faith. (Matthew 28:19)
  • Commitment to the ministry of the local church and the importance of the home
  • An interest in and genuine love for people; a cooperative spirit. (John 13: 34-35)


IV. Relationships


  • Will be accountable to the West Michigan Board of Administrators (DBA) until properly recognized as an Established Church with in the Wesleyan Church.
  • Will have a coach as immediate supervisor, who will work to help the planter to succeed
  • Will be involved in a network of other planters in West Michigan for support, resources, and encouragement


Please visit our "Next Step" website