Greetings in the name of Jesus! 

Welcome to the Road Map for Pacific Southwest Church Planters of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG).  God has placed you in an incredible and exciting time to be a church planter in the Pacific Southwest District of our Foursquare denomination.  This Map is your overview about the church planting journey in our district, and the route you will take to be a church planter.  We are committed to travel together with you on this journey.  This process gives us opportunity to hear and discover where God is directing you according to His bigger plan. You are a part of a larger Foursquare family of apostles, pastors, missionaries, and catalytic leaders all dedicated unto the cause of inter-denominational and worldwide evangelism.  Welcome to the family! 

…and when you’re ready, please contact us:

Pastor Kiha Pimental, Church Health Coach
Kpimental@foursquare.org
(808) 561-5967

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MILE 1: Talk with your Senior Pastor

Are you interested in planting a Foursquare Church in the Pacific Southwest District?  In this MILE 1, we encourage you to talk with your Senior Pastor.  Share your call to this journey and have an openhearted discussion about the possibility of joining the team of Pacific Southwest church planters.  It is vital and important to have the support and encouragement of your Senior Pastor and mother church (if you have one) throughout the entire journey. Not having a mother church does not disqualify you. Our District is willing to fill that supporting role in your church planting journey

MILE 2: Contact the Pacific Southwest District Office

Once you make initial contact by phone or email with the PSW District office, we will get more information from you, answer any questions you have, and we will contact your Senior Pastor about joining a cohort of church planters.  After we get the green light from your Senior Pastor, we will contact you with your next set of directions for the road ahead

MILE 3: Initial Screening Assessment (ISA)

At this point you will take the online screening assessment.  The ISA helps show you how ready you are to plant a church.  It reveals your planting knowledge and leadership experience.  You will receive a link to register for the ISA and then answer the survey.  The results are almost immediate and can be surprising!  As you review the results of the assessment, record your thoughts and get ready to discuss the results with someone from the Pacific Southwest Church Planting Team (District staff, select members of the District Council and your Senior Pastor). Together, we will decide how ready you are, and if you need additional training before joining a cohort.  If the Church Planting Team and you feel like it is time to move forward

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MILE 4: Consultation and Interview

Are you interested in planting a Foursquare Church in the Pacific Southwest District?  In this MILE 1, we encourage you to talk with your Senior Pastor.  Share your call to this journey and have an openhearted discussion about the possibility of joining the team of Pacific Southwest church planters.  It is vital and important to have the support and encouragement of your Senior Pastor and mother church (if you have one) throughout the entire journey. Not having a mother church does not disqualify you. Our District is willing to fill that supporting role in your church planting journey

MILE 5: Church Planter Training

Congratulations if you made it to MILE 5.  It’s time to officially register for our cohort- we’ll send you a registration link, and begin the journey.  In most cases, our training duration is 9-months long.  You will be part of a cohort of other church planter candidates, and will progress through different training sections. These sections are each specifically designed to address formative issues of missional leadership, character, skills and values. The following is a brief overview of the sections in the church planting training:

Cohort 101 – Kingdom, Theology and Missiology

Cohort 201 – Ecclesiology, Discipleship and Organizational Dynamics

Cohort 301 – Leadership Praxis and Strategy Prototype

Cohort 401 – Administrative Details and District DNA

To get more details about the content of the cohort training, please refer to the “PSW Church Planting Cohort Snapshot” document. 

Most of your learning will take place online, but you are required to attend three in-person training retreats. These venues allow us to get to know you in person and the story of your journey with the Lord, and discern where God is leading you as it pertains to planting a church.

All cohort participants are responsible for the books (approximately 4-5 per section) and personal assessments. The PSW District covers retreat costs, including room and travel expenses for candidates and spouses. This is an investment of approximately $3,000 per church planter. 

It will be important for you to identify a coach that is going to help keep you on task and accomplish the goals you have set for planting the church. We can talk with you more about praying and selecting a coach. 

Pre-launch training

    • Church Planter training 101 & 201 & 301 & 401 (required)

    • Exponential Conference (optional but highly recommended). 

Post-Launch training
(to be determined by District Supervisor and/or Church Planting Team.)  

    • In some cases, you will be able to plant your church without completing the training.

       We are flexible to work with reasonable timelines. You need to complete the training.

You may be excused from this cohort training if your Senior Pastor and the Pacific Southwest Church Planting Team accept another type of training, schooling or life experience in its place.  i.e. School of Church Planters, training in other Foursquare districts, experience as a Campus Pastor in a multi-site church, business experience.

MILE 6: Proposal & Missional Plan

While you go through your church planting training, usually at the 201 and 301 level, you will work on your Church Plant Proposal.  We are looking for clear vision, clear values, and a clear core cause with a clear implementation plan.  In the training, you will receive instructions about how to write this proposal.  The process helps you think through the various stages of church planting: pre-launch, first year plan and beyond, and also a plan to reproduce and multiply in the future. 

In addition to the proposal, you will write your Missional Plan on “The Biblical & Philosophical Basis for your Church Plant.”  In the training, you will receive instructions to follow in the writing of this Missional Plan.  We are excited to read about your theological context, passion, and specific message for the community and people that God is calling you to reach.   

Our PSW Church Planting Team will review these two documents.  Once you have approval and confirmation to move forward from these particular key leaders, you will be ready for the next mile.  You’re getting closer…hang in there!

MILE 7: Incorporation & Licensing

We will help you through every step in this process.  The District office will help you register with Foursquare and the various federal and state agencies necessary to launch a church.  If you do not have a Foursquare Ministerial License, we will help you to apply. You will be provided with tools and resources to complete all the legal and administrative/operational requirements to start a church.

MILE 8: Fundraising/Matching Funds

We believe that people give money and resources to a compelling vision and that there is nothing more relational than raising money. A successful church planter is skilled at preparing, asking for, raising and stewarding money.  This reveals a level of leadership credibility & entrepreneurial skills.  At MILE 8 please show us how you have raised money from at least 4 streams of income.  If you do so, we will match some of these funds.  The more diversified your fund raising the better. 

Some Streams of Income:

•  Your Church Planting Core Team
•  Committed people to your church plant
•  Friends and family outside of the church plant
•  Mother church
•  Sponsor churches or donors

Matching Funds Process:

•  If you raise $10K and have at least 25* people committed to the church, the PSW District will match the $10K as long as funds are available. *25 people (adults) committed to the church means 25 people on average who are coming over a 2 month period. 

•  If you raise another $15K, making a total of $25K, and have at least 50* people committed to the church, the PSW District will match the $15K as long as funds are available. *50 people (adults) committed to the church means 50 people on average who are coming over a 3 month period. 

•  If you raise another $25K, making a total of $50K, and have at least 100* people committed to the church, the PSW District will match the $10K as long as finds are available. *100 people (adults) committed to the church means 100 people on average who are coming over a 6 month period. 

Do the math…if you raise $50K, and we match $50K, then you have $100K to start out! You can qualify for matching funds even after you launch the church. In some cases, and when funds are available, a church may receive additional funds from the District outside the matching fund. Since not all new churches are the same, and vary according to focus, cultural background, philosophy, etc., the District has the right to modify the way it supports financially its church plants.

MILE 9: LAUNCH!

Our final destination is to successfully launch you and your team and to be fruitful and to multiply.  We realize that a lot of training, mentoring, and coaching have gone into this successful launch.  The Church Planting Team recommends staying connected to those people who have helped you this far.  Starting a church is one thing but keeping that church healthy and growing and multiplying is another thing completely.  Your participation in the PSW Church Planting movement will be helpful to others who are also on the church-planting journey.