Exponential West is October 8-10 in Lake Forest, California at Saddleback Church. Many of the Pacific Planting Network planters and coaches will be headed there for one of the largest gathering of church planters, coaches and trainers in the country!
Pastor Joe taught us on vision & mission, focus and clarity at our Eugene Supercluster. Thanks Joe! (Also, Pastor Bill Clemons is representing Seahawk Chris Clemons – way to go Bill!)
Pastor Joe has been the lead pastor at Life Center Foursquare church in Spokane, WA for 36 years. www.lifecenter.net
Pastor Joe & Laina Wittwer
The Pacific Planting Network joined with pastors from all over the west coast to learn from great leaders like Pastor Joe Wittwer from Life Center church Spokane (www.lifecenter.net), and Gary Khan from Desert Streams in Canyon Country, CA (www.desertstreams.com) .
4 times per year the Pacific Planters gather to learn, grow and have a good time together.
We assessed some fantastic couples as they considered their next steps in their journey. The 3 day assessment helps each candidate to determine if church planting is the best place for them to fulfill their calling with the giftings that God has given. Proper and thorough assessment is an invaluable tool for both preparing planters for success and confirming and guiding ministers who are called by God!
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Date: November 14-16, 2012
Location: Celebration Center, 13503 86th Ave., Puyallup, Washington, 98373
Purpose: To help a church planting candidate discover, through prayerful, discerning and objective evaluation whether church planting is a wise direction at this time for their future.
Though this is an evaluative event and not a training event, it will provide opportunity for valuable learning experiences with other like-minded leaders.
Also, the Pacific Planting Network will use the results of the assessment to determine whether to extend an offer of support to a potential planter. We want to be able to answer this question: Does this person have the capacity to start a church that will be self-sustaining in 2-3 years, and reproducing within 5 years?
- Three Days: Enough time to connect, to observe, and to evaluate
- Multiple Advisors: Ministry leaders who have experience as pastors and church planters, have been trained as coaches and assessors and have worked with many leaders in a variety of contexts. We will also have an onsite professional counselor to add additional insight. This provides an objective basis for evaluation.
- A Variety of Tools: There is a pre-assessment application, and we use instruments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicater, DISC and the Church Planter’s Candidate Assessment from Lifeway that are submitted prior to the assessment to aid in the overall evaluation of the potential planter.
- Creative Exercises: These include teaching, interviews and individual and group presentations.
- Objective Outcomes: At the end of the assessment every candidate is given helpful feedback of strengths, things to work on, and specific recommendations of next steps to take. Regarding church planting, one of three outcomes is given:
1. Recommended: This candidate is ready to plant.
2. Conditionally Recommended: Recommended after meeting certain criteria or conditions.
3. Not Recommended: Not Recommended for planting, but given other options that, in our opinion, would be a better ministry fit.
The goal is to help every person discover where they are best suited to serve God’s Kingdom. One of the best things a person can discover is that church planting is not for them before they jump into it. In these cases, we will encourage other directions because we believe everybody is a 10 somewhere!
Cost: $1000.00 per couple
Application Deadline: October 26th
If interested, fill out the attached application, save it, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions call Chris Hansler at 253.435.0172.
Exponential is giving away 35 free e-books – at least one a week from authors like Larry Osborne, Wayne Cordeiro, etc.. Check it out at http://www.exponential.org/product-category/series/resource-series/
Aaron & Paula Sutherland have begun the pre-launch phase of New Hope Campus Church! Please keep them in prayer and follow them at
Brandon & Joy Berg grew up in Vancouver, Washington. Vancouver is a city of over 200,000 and is in a metro area (Portland) of 2 million. After serving as staff pastors in Vancouver and then Lodi, CA, God gave them a vision to go “home” and plant “Rhapsody” church. A rhapsody is an epic story – an instrumental poem of irregular form. In the heart of Eph. 2:10, they set out to be God’s “poiema”, His workmanship – part of His epic story to reach lost young families in their home town.
They moved back to Vancouver in June of 2009 and with support, training and coaching from the Pacific Planting Network and GHC (Growing Healthy Churches) spent 16 months building a strong core team. Brandon worked part-time at the YMCA, which proved to be a God-ordained strategic alliance. They were asked to collaborate with the Y to creatively adopt their membership as their first mission field! This also gave them mission inroads to a large adjacent apartment complex. They held their first service in the beautiful YMCA facility with well over 100 people in attendance in September of 2010. They have continued to grow and have seen many people give their lives to Christ and have baptized them in the YMCA pool!
Jamie, a young single mom was an employee at the YMCA. She described herself as “lost” and “hopelessly searching”. She was invited to Rhapsody and in December of 2011 she became a follower of Christ and in February of 2012 was baptized!
God has given Brandon and Joy a big vision to reach young families by establishing churches in YMCA’s throughout the country. It is part of God’s epic story, and there just may be a Rhapsody near you soon!
On September 1st, Open Bible will unveil its new Mission Venture Plan website. This will start a new era in missions giving in Open Bible. Each individual, church or region will be able to choose the mission ventures that are closest to their heart.
One such venture of course is church planting in the Pacific Planting Network. With 13 churches in the works less than 2 years old, and more in the pipeline that are reaching 100′s and 100′s of new people for Jesus, church planting in the PPN continues to be one of the most effective investments to reach lost people that we love for Jesus. And we will continue to provide high caliber resources, training, coaching and support for those church planters who are on the front lines. To see an example of the great stories that are happening, click HERE.
If you are a planter, or have a heart for church planting, make sure you include church planting in the Pacific Region through the Pacific Planting Network in your MVP giving!