Church Planter Assessment - Europe (English CPA v1) - Archived


When is the appropriate time to apply to Acts 29?

If you have already planted your church or currently lead an established church, then you can apply at any time. Please apply to our 'existing church' track (a link can be found at this page). If you are a preparing to plant a church in the next 12 months or less, then it is time to apply. Please note that clarity of vision and gifting to plant is more important than a precise timeline (i.e. the 12 month figure is approximate, but if you are uncertain as to whether church planting is for you, please take time to talk and pray this through further). 

Some great ways to help you determine whether you are called to plant a church and/or partner with Acts 29 include:

  • - Attending an Acts 29 event hosted by your local network.
  • - Read through the "About" section of our website including our Distinctives and Values.  
  • - Contact your local Acts 29 churches to find out more about planting with Acts 29.

If you desire to do a church planting internship or residency before planting a church please email John Hindley for more details of what might be available in your area.


What to do before I apply?

1) REVIEW THE ABOUT PAGE, DOCTRINAL DISTINCTIVES, & COVENANT:  Please carefully review and be in agreement with Acts 29's Doctrinal Distinctives and Covenant.

2) REVIEW THE ASSESSMENT PROCESS: Please review our resources on the assessment process at the following page. Please note that you will need to devote 10-20 hours to complete the online portion of the assessment process. This will then result in a final assessment for you and you wife (if married) at one of our assessment conferences.

3) PORTERBROOK LEARNING MODULES:  It is now required reading that you purchase and read one of the following two modules from Porterbrook Learning prior to your initial application. These gospel-centred learning resources have been written by pastors, as they reflect on church planting within Europe.

As part of your initial application you will be asked to reflect on the content of these two modules

4) LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS: Choose "Create Account” below to set up your account to begin the application process.  This link will take you to “The Connect Desk” website to set up your account. Once you’ve set up your account and confirmed your account (an email will be sent to you), save this page to login to your application account after you’ve successfully set up your account.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to email

5) INITIAL APPLICATION FORM: To apply to Acts 29, please complete the "Initial Application" form. This will then be reviewed by the Assessment Coordinator and if succesful will unlock further online assignments.

6) NETWORKING: Networking is a key aspect of Acts 29. If you live in an area where there are other Acts 29 churches, we would encourage you to connect with those Acts 29 pastors and planters in your target area to begin to develop relationships. See list of Acts 29 churches here.

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Assignment Questions
Initial Application 57
Phase 1 | Applicant 0
Application Instructions 2
CV 7
Reference Survey 87
Testimony & Gifting 17
Church Planting Strategy & Timeline 8
Personality Profile 8
Training & Annual Conference 7
Networking 2
Theological & Pastoral Questionnaire 24
Marriage & Family 14
Wife Questionnaire 13
Preaching Sample 13
Financial Survey 11
Confidential Questionnaire 39
Phone Interview 5
Phase 2 | Assessment 0
Assessment Conference Application 1
Re-assessment (if applicable) 6
Phase 3 | Candidate 0
Post Assessment Checks 4
Coaching 18
Website Listing and The City 12
Conditions Completed 17
Apply for Membership 21
Phase 4 | Member 0
Membership 6