A fourth step in the Pathway to Planting is Assessment.  This is done formally or informally in both local churches and districts.  While we believe all church planters should be assessed, our assessment is never designed to disqualify people.  In our movement, there is a place for everyone God calls.  The purpose of the assessment is to help the church planter develop self-awareness, discover their leadership capacity and discern the kind of church they are most suited to lead or participate in.    

There is a vast difference between the leadership capacity requirements of a high-impact church and a micro-church.  Both kinds of churches are vital to our movement!  We need each other because it takes all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.  We do face an occasional assessment challenge when a potential leader feels they have great leadership capacity but have no track record of evangelism to support their feelings. 

Sometimes superintendents and pastors use a behavioral interview assessment, building on the principle that the best indicator of future behaviors are past behaviors.[i]The preferred assessment option for planters on the USA/Canada Region is to participate in a sponsored Assessment Center.  These are overseen by Dr. Sam Flores, superintendent of the South Carolina District. Other assessment tools are available on the website for individuals who want more information about the assessment process.   

[i]Dr. Chuck Ridley trained dozens of Nazarene leaders in behavioral interviewing assessment processes in the 1990’s when the assessment movement for planters began.  More information about this kind of assessment can be found at

The Pre-Assessment and Assessment processes we use are valuable tools in helping you understand your next steps as an aspiring church planter. Throughout the USA/Canada Region, within our fields we operate Assessment Centers and provide Assessment opportunities. We are here to serve you as you seek to be assessed as to your church planting capability and readiness.