Ron Boehm, Midwest Regional Career Missionary with Grace Brethren North American Missions, sends the following report (at our request) of the Church Planter’s Assessment just completed today in Chambersburg, PA. Ron reports:
We had eight that were assessed. We started the process Thursday afternoon and planned to finish by 1 p.m. Saturday, but when we saw the weather moving in, we worked late on Friday night so that some could head west before the storm moved in.
We reviewed data for each candidate (Spiritual Gifts, DISC Profile and Ministry Match results). Each man gave a 15-minute evangelistic message geared to a postmodern audience and discussed his call to church planting with his assessment team. The eight couples were divided into two teams that worked on a proposed church-planting strategy.
Four hours of interview was done with each candidate evaluating their compliance with the thirteen essential characteristics of a church planter developed by Dr. Charles Riddley.
Each Assessment Team (two men) gave each candidate an exit interview to let them know generally how well they assessed as potential church planters. Written results will be sent to them and their sponsoring church/district within the next two weeks.
The candidates, their wives, and the assessors, enjoyed rich fellowship. We shared a lot of smiles, laughs and an occasional tear. The Chambersburg church and the Solid Rock Community church provided meals, snacks and refreshment for which we are all very thankful.
Pray for these emerging, church-planting leaders. They all love the Lord and are looking at the possibility of investing their lives to reach lost people and disciple believers through church planting.
The individuals and family units who were candidates came from Indiana, Alaska, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Assessors who participated included: Jim Snavely (Bloomsburg, PA); Chris Skowronek (Wethersfield, CT); Steve Howell (Owings, MD); George Traub (Dillsburg, PA); Dr. Rick Clark (Johnstown, PA); Dr. Mark Norris (Winona Lake, IN); Keith Bowers (Chambersburg, PA); Ron Boehm (Macedonia, OH); and Larry Orme (Telford, PA).