How are residents funded?
Since one of the skills required to plant a self-sustaining church is fund-raising, residents must raise at least half of their funding. You will be required to create a budget for the year for you and/or your family, and raise at least half that amount by asking friends and family to support you.
Where does the rest of the funding come from? Since most church planters will launch bi-vocationally, we recommend you find a part-time job to fund the balance of your expenses, and learn to minister bi-vocationally.
In some cases, Life Center may be able to contribute to your funding.
How long is a residency?
A residency will begin with a 12-month term which can be extended up to 24 months, depending on the level of the resident’s readiness to plant. The length of residency is mutually decided by Life Center’s leadership, the mentor pastor and the resident.
What will residents do?
At Life Center, residents will act as adjunct staff members and will be engaged in the following ways.
- Shadow an appointed church leader. Life Center will assign you a mentor pastor for you to shadow and meet with weekly (or more). We want you to catch the Life Center DNA and this relationship will be a key part of that. Also, we believe that relationships are the most important and first part of leadership development.
- Be involved in a weight-bearing leadership role. Residents will be given opportunities to lead in various roles, including speaking opportunities and leading a mission group and multiplying it. These roles will match the resident’s gifts and interests, but won’t be limited to those.
- Participate in larger PNWM training and relational opportunities. PNWM offers required monthly training for all residents in the movement. These will include some reading and homework, and will focus on both theological and practical training. Our PNWM networks also offer residents opportunity for relationship with other leaders and residents.
- Embed themselves in their context and engage in missional activities. If you are planting in the local region, we want you to move into the neighborhood where you hope to plant, and begin building redemptive relationships there. Engage in mission now! You learn ministry by doing it.
- Engage in LC directed theological and practical skill training. In addition to training offered by PNWM, we will offer specific training opportunities to impart Life Center’s unique DNA and values. You will be invited to participate in top level leadership meetings to see how we think and plan and execute. If you will be planting a Foursquare church, you will also attend the denominational training for church planting.
Pray first! It starts with a clear calling from God. What is He saying to you? Is He calling you to be a church planter?
If you have questions, feel free to contact Pastor Joe. If you know you’re interested and want to proceed, fill out the application. Let’s go!