What is the High Impact Church Planting (HICP) Development Process?

The HICP development process is always in partnership with a Residency and/or Partner Church and a Partner District. It includes the following 6 steps: 1) Recruitment, 2) Assessment, 3) Regional Networking, 4) Leadership Residency, 5) HICP Action Plan and 6) Coaching.  The unique feature of the HICP is that the entire process is developed, guided by and continues to be perfected by a growing team of HICP practitioners.

What is the relationship between the High Impact Church Planting Project and the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene?

High Impact Church Planting Project (HICP) is an initiative within the Church of the Nazarene, serving under the umbrella of the USA/Canada Nazarene Church Planting Task Force.  Dr. Larry McKain helps facilitate the movement and sits on the Task Force as the HICP representative.  We are SO grateful for the encouragement of Dr. Bill Wiesman, Rev. Mark Bane and Dr. Bob Broadbooks as we attempt to be one of the “research and development” arms of the church for the launch of new large churches and multiplying churches across the USA/Canada Region

What is the relationship between HICP and DCPI? 

We are excited to be a part of the DCPI church planting movement now at work in the USA/Canada Region.  DCPI has trained and reached tens of thousands of leaders!  Unlike DCPI, the HICP has a very narrow focus to look for and develop a select group of 100 church leaders with high leadership capacity over the next 10 years.  In everything we do, we encourage multiplying leaders.  EVERY kind of church is needed for different kinds of communities.  It takes all kinds of churches using all kinds of models and methods to reach all kinds of people.

How does the High Impact Church Planting Project aim to do “research and development” for the church?

We focus on capturing, cataloguing and communicating best practices for launching healthy large churches which are designed to begin large and grow large.  There are numbers of churches throughout the USA/Canada Region who fit in this category.  We aim to learn from both those outside and inside our denominational family.  Every time we plant a new HICP church, we aim to build on the learning of the past and share it with everyone with whom we work.

Who is the HICP designed to serve?

Everyone in the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene who desires to learn along with us.

Does the HICP focus on multi-site multiplication as well as large church launches?

Yes, we make no distinction in our work between a multi-site that a local church is multiplying and a large church launch that a local church does.  Our focus is more on the health and "culture" of the plant/multi-site than it is on whether the church is organizationally still part of the mother church or has been sent out by her.

Why will the HICP succeed?

One of the reasons we will succeed is because of the extremely high “connection” that already exists between Partner Churches, Partner Districts, Leadership Residency Churches, the HICP and the USA/Canada Region.  We have a high commitment to allow Local Churches to lead in the church planting process, especially Leadership Residency churches. The role of Partner Districts and the HICP is to provide the support processes these churches need to be more effective in their task to multiply.  We believe the Church of the Nazarene is becoming one of the most forward-thinking movements there is…and the greatest denomination to serve within, in the United States and Canada.

Development History

What factors led to the Nazarene launch of the HICP? 

The following is a summary of the development of the HICP in the Church of the Nazarene to date in the USA/Canada Region.  It began a number of years ago as members of the Developers Team were engaged in church planting. Many Nazarene leaders who had passed the 500 mark in attendance were going outside the denomination to keep on learning as they developed their leadership skills.  More recently, God began to gather the members of the Developers Team by putting them into environments where they were able to spend time together and dream together. 

Pastor Brett Rickey began this vision by contacting Dr. Bob Broadbooks and requesting the names of young, high-capacity leaders within the USA/Canada Region.  Brett’s vision and the value gained in gathering young leaders is what began the HICP process.  Brett gathered an initial group of leaders in Lakeland, Florida to talk and dream about how to do K church leadership better.  Always in these gatherings, church planting and large church development kept coming up in the conversation.  Out of the six leaders Brett pulled together [that also included Kyle Poole and Larry Morris], the following four leaders had a church planting context: Kevin Jack, Andy Monnin, Jeff Stark and Brent Hofen.

Did the HICP Project begin as a grassroots idea or a denominational idea?   

It is important to note the HICP very much began within the heartbeat of local churches committed to multiplying.  This has been going on throughout the Nazarene denomination since our beginning days!  A unique happening took place in March of 2015 when Mike Kraemer and Prairie Heights Church of Fargo, ND planned to plant a new church in Bismarck, ND.  Pastor Mike resigned the Salem Grace Church and moved on-site with his wife, became co-vocational, got a job in sales and with 10 other people, began laying plans to start a new church.  A year later, Prairie Heights Bismarck was launched with 288 in attendance the first Sunday.  At the top of this page is a video of the 2 pastors and 2 superintendents who attended the Grand Opening, what they felt and how large church planting has built faith and spiritual confidence in them for the future.

How did the Chicago Central District become involved?  

On Oct 15, 2015 the vision for a Large Church Planting Initiative was first shared at the annual District Advisory Board Retreat of the Chicago Central District.  Dr. Larry McKain had been superintendent for just a year and the CCD leaders embraced the vision with anticipation.  On February 3-4, 2016 Jon & Teri Hauser and a group of CCD leaders spent a day in planning the launch of a Large Church Initiative, what we called the “High Impact Church Planting Project.” The ideas and direction all began to emerge in the President’s Conference Room that day on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University.

How did the USA/Canada Region become involved?  

On November 3-4, 2015 Pastor Jon Hauser of Prairie Heights Community Church in Fargo, ND and Dr. Larry McKain spent two days attending DCPI Church/District Training to understand how DCPI principles would interface with a Large Church Planting Initiative.    November 13, 2015, after conversations with the USA/Canada Regional Office, a proposal was submitted to the USA/Canada Region to consider a Large Church Planting Initiative.  It was the suggestion of Dr. Bill Wiesman that the initiative be led by the Chicago Central District Superintendent. On March 6, 2016 Dr. McKain flew to Fargo, ND to speak at Prairie Heights Church with 1,600+ in the Fargo Dome.  That same Sunday Pastor Mike Kraemer launched the new church, Prairie Heights Bismarck with 288 people.  226 people were totally new to the church and had never attended a Nazarene-connected congregation.  During April 25-28, 2016 there were 80+ Nazarene leaders who attended the Exponential Church Planting Conference in Orlando, FL.  The USA/Canada New Church Development Office had approved the High Impact Church Planting Project as an initiative led by the Chicago Central District.  The HICP Project promotional video above, created by Prairie Heights Fargo was shown to national leaders.  Teri Hauser, Brent Hofen and Larry McKain began to lay plans for the HICP Developers Team to convene.

On October 9-10, 2016 Larry McKain, Brent Hofen, Andy Monnin and Dale Schaeffer all flew to Bend, Oregon and spent two days designing the next phase of the development of the High Impact Church Planting Project and determine its next steps.  Out of this meeting, Dr. Larry McKain took a leading role in updating the HICP strategic plan and Brent Hofen took a leading role in putting the plan contents on a newly designed website,  Dr. Bill Wiesman joined in the HICP meeting from Kansas City, offering his counsel and praying a powerful prayer of blessing over the group.  Dr. Wiesman invited the HICP team to participate at General Assembly 2017 by leading an HICP workshop.

How did LeadPoint emerge and become involved?

On December 1, 2015, Dr. Larry McKain met with members of the JR Group in Chicago, a full-service consulting team with specialties in strategic thinking, branding & fund raising.  On January 26, 2016 the District Advisory Board gave its approval for a LeadPoint partnership to  begin.

On June 24, 2016 the first organizational meeting of the LeadPoint Governing Board was held to determine the best way moving forward. Dr. Ed Heck’s dream of LeadPoint Leadership Development had begun to emerge. Dr. Ryan Spittal was present as an advisor and offered his expertise and involvement.  Facing an uncertain future, Dr. Ed Heck stepped down from his leadership role at LeadPoint, he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away suddenly in September of 2016. 

However, the vision that Dr. Heck began was undeterred.  "By faith, even though he is dead, he still speaks" (Hebrews 11:4).  $25,000 in cash was raised from private donors to fund the beginning launch of LeadPoint / HICP activities.  Dr. Ryan Spittal agreed to help take a leading role in the future development of the vision.  

November 15-17 was a Regional Exponential Conference in Naperville, IL.  Members of the HICP Development Team met with the Mission Strategy Team of the CCD.  It was a powerful time of synergy as the vision of the HICP went deeper into the heart and soul of CCD leaders.   What began as a gathering of young leaders in the heart of Pastor Brett Rickey was now developing into a powerful, potential force of high impact church planting that was designed to multiply.


Leadership Team

Who is the leader of the HICP?

Technically, the leader is Rev. Mark Bane, Director of Evangelism Ministries & New Church Development for the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene.  Mark has delegated the functional leadership of the HICP to Dr. Larry McKain and a team of younger leaders who have emerged with a heart for this ministry.  Each member of the Developers Team brings different gifts and skills to the team, and each participant has moved the team forward to where we are today.

How are individuals selected to participate on the HICP Development Team?

The qualifications to join the Developers Team is that a Nazarene leader must have successfully planted/led a Nazarene church averaging 500+ in attendance and have a heart to multiply HICP churches.  Developers are offered an invitation from the existing HICP Leadership Team to participte.  Participation is a privilege and there are no guarantees of perpetual inclusion or participation in the HICP Project.  Persons may be invited on or off the Developers Team based on their on-going leadership performance and contribution.

Leadership Residency

What do you mean when you talk about a HICP Leadership Residency?

After a HICP church planter passes assessment, our next step is to “ramp them up” in their understanding of high capacity church planting.  We believe the best way a Partner District and our denomination can do this to introduce the planter to the Leadership Residency.  It is in Residency Churches located throughout the USA/Canada Region on Partner Districts that the HICP helps prepare high-capacity planters for HICP launches.  The year-long Leadership Residency is where planters learn the step-by-step process of high-impact new church development.  The Leadership Residency also introduces the planter to the incredible “connection partnerships” that exist between Partner Churches, networked Partner Districts and the HICP coaches/mentors to help high-capacity planters develop a detailed HICP Church Action Plan.

How long does the HICP leadership residency last?

They are normally designed for 9-18 months, but may be adjusted to meet both the needs and experience of the individual planter working in partnership with the Residency Church.

How many HICP Leadership Residency Churches currently exist in the USA/Canada Region?

There are currently 4 Residency Churches that exist within the USA/Canada Region.  They are located in Bend Oregon, Fargo North Dakota, Medford Oregon and Piqua Ohio.  There may be more than this – our plan is to continue to discover and network with more. 

What is the estimated cost of a HICP leadership residency?

The Residency can vary widely in cost, based upon the part of the country the Residency Church is located in and how long the planter serves.   

Where does the money come from for a HICP leadership residency?

We believe the money could come from a variety of sources.  For a listing of these potential sources we have identified, click here.

How many leadership residency church sites do you plan to develop in the next five years?

By 2022, we aim to have 10 Residency churches in operation.

What is the long-term impact of multiplying leadership residency sites?

We encourage you to visit the 100 Large Churches page that highlights the impact in our Region if we keep multiplying Residency Churches.  The long-term impact is phenomenal.    

How does a congregation qualify to become a Leadership Residency church?  

As our Development Team discussed this issue, we came to the conclusion that the most important qualifying characteristic is the culture of the local congregation and whether or not it has successfully developed a culture of leadership multiplication.  This, along with the capability of the church to launch a High Impact Church Plant are the key ingredients.

What are some of the books, themes and desired outcomes covered in a Leadership Residency?

Every Leadership Residency is different to launch a Large Church Plant, but below you will find a sample.  In the Leadership Residency Program we are developing within the HICP Project, we presuppose the high capacity church leaders we work with have already received basic theological training and education, have been mentored in ministry by mature church leaders and are now ready to move into High-Impact Church Development training and mentoring.  The six areas we feel are critical for a leader to pay attention to are itemized below:

1)    Leading Yourself

2)    Leading Others

3)    Leading Leaders

4)    Leading Departments

5)    Leading Ministries

6)    Leading Organizations


Key Competencies

+Managing Your Time

+Setting Personal Goals

+Improving Personal Communication

+Managing Your Personal Resources

+Dealing With Conflict

+Leading with Your Strengths

+Submitting to Authority

Book List:

 *Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

 *Goals: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Though Possible by Brian Tracy

 *Relational Intelligence by Steve Saccone

 *Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

 *The Peacemaker, A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande

 *Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham

 *Spiritual Authority by Watchman Nee


Key Competencies

+Casting Vision

+Managing Other’s Goals

+Recruiting Volunteers

+Giving Soul Care

+Resolving Conflict

+Aligning People

Book List: 

 *Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing & Maintaining Personal Vision by Andy Stanley

 *The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

 *The Volunteer Revolution: Unleashing the Power of Everybody by Bill Hybels

 *Strengthening The Soul of your Leadership by Ruth H. Barton

 *Caring Enough to Confront by David Augsburger

 *Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath


Key Competencies


+Motivating Others

+Managing Budgets

+Team Building

+Decision Making

+Leading Meetings

+Applying Situational Leadership

 Book List:

 *Zap the Gaps by Ken Blanchard 

 *The Carrot Principle by Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton

 *Money Matters in Church: A Practical Guide for Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs

 *Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

 *The Best Question Ever by Andy Stanley

 *Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

 *Leadership & The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard


Key Competencies

+Persevering in Difficulties

+Evaluating Systems

+Building Morale

+Employee Engagement

+Hiring, Firing and Repositioning Talent

+Mentoring Leaders


Book List:

 *Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones by John Maxwell

 -Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Carry Bossidy & Ram Charan

 *Building a High Morale Workplace by Anne Bruce

 -First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham

 *Topgrading by Bradford Smart

 *Managers as Mentors by Chip Bell

 *Focus Like a Laser Beam: 10 Ways to Do What Matters by Lisa Haneberg


Key Competencies

First three completed in order:

+Understanding Your Purpose and Calling

+Applying Spiritual Leadership

+Practicing Organizational Leadership

The following can be completed in any order:

+Assimilating People into the Church

+Applying Visionary Leadership

+Communicating Life Change

+Nourishing the Life of a Pastor

+Providing Biblical Counseling

+Leading Small Group Ministry

+Managing Multi-Site Ministry

+Encouraging Church Growth

+Growing into the Role of a Pastor

 Book List:

 *Bible Study Methods: 12 Ways You Can Unlock God’s Word

 *S.H.A.P.E. Finding & Fulfilling Your Unique Purpose for Life by Erik Rees

 *Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda by Henry Blackaby

 *Seven Practices of Highly Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley

 *Fusion: Turning First-TIme Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church by Nelson Searcy

 *Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels

 *Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley

 *Confessions of a Pastor: Adventures in Dropping the Pose and Getting Real with God by Craig Groeschel

 *Effective Biblical Counseling by Larry Crabb

 *Activate by Nelson Searcy

 *Multi-Site Revolution by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, Warren Bird

 *Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches From Growing by Geoff Surratt


Key Competencies

+Establishing Organizational Value

+Forecasting the Future

+Managing the Leadership Pipeline

+Taking Risks

+Inspiring Others

+Succession Planning

+Practicing Execution

Book List:

 *Managing By Values by Ken Blanchard & Michael O’Connor

 *Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends On It by Al Ries

 *Managing the Leadership Pipeline by Ram Charan

 *Judgement: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls by Noel Tichy & Warren Bennis

 *Politics, Silos & Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni

 *Leaders at All Levels by Ram Charan

 *Six Disciplines Execution Revolution by Gary Harpst


What is the role of a High Impact Church Planting (HICP) coach?

Once a planter has “graduated” or completed the Leadership Residency program and is placed, they will continue to receive coaching and mentoring.  The role of the coach is to provide on-going encouragement and accountability to the planter while they execute their action plan. 

What is your understanding of coaching vs mentoring within the HICP network?

In the HICP, we make a distinction between the initial coaching the planter receives to launch the church and initially lead day-to-day operations.  Coaching for the first 1-2 years is different than the on-going mentoring that comes later in the life of the church as the planter networks with other church leaders to implement healthy church systems.

Who is eligible to become a HICP coach?

Any church leader who has been interviewed and approved by the HICP Development Team.

Are HICP coaches paid for their time or do they volunteer?

As the ministry of the HICP emerges, there may be opportunity for our nationally- qualified coaches who provide on-going training / resourcing to be paid a small fee.  Our current plan is for these fees to go into a fund to help the long-term development of the HICP and to help fund expansion activities.  In the HICP, we have decided that no individual will benefit financially from the Church of the Nazarene’s HICP program.  The Leadership Team wants to  create it for the church and deliver it to the church without personal gain.


Who is a High Impact Church Planter accountable to? 

From the moment a HICP planter is assessed, begins the Residency, completes the Residency and is placed in either a plant or multi-site situation, by agreement they are committed to their local church, the District, the denomination and the HICP movement.  This accountability is critical to everyone’s long term success.

Do we ask participating planters to sign a contract or statement of understanding?

Yes, we encourage Local Churches and Districts to sign statements of understanding when they invest significant resources in any individual or church planting project. 

What does the contract or statement of understanding include?

Commitment to the doctrine, polity and practices of the church, commitment to the church planting vision of the district/denomination, commitment to fully participate in the denominational support of the church, acknowledgement of the denominational equity invested in the church plant, etc. 


How are High Impact Church Plant (HICP) leaders recruited?

The way HICP planters are identified and the vision is shared with them, is as varied as the church is!  We have a commitment to maintain relationships with younger leaders as they emerge, linking them with Residency Churches as soon as is feasible.   




How does the HICP currently do its Church Planter Assessments?

A HICP Assessment is a bit different than assessments done in other Assessment Centers.  People are recruited, assessed, educated, trained, resourced and coached a bit differently.  We identify people we believe have high capacity leadership potential and invite them to begin a conversation with us.  We sent them through a series of interviews, as well as a battery of tests aimed to determine their high-capacity leadership capabilities.  Our assessments are based on the 13 characteristics the HICP and our Partner Districts look for in their selection of potential high impact church planting candidates.



When does networking begin and how does it work?

The networking part of our strategy begins before, during and at the conclusion of assessment.  Church planting leaders are exposed to a whole body of knowledge about high-impact church development.  They are networked with high-capacity Nazarene planters across the country.  They are required to interview planters, research websites, listen to podcasts and become immersed in better understanding how large church plants are developing nationwide.



How does the HICP plan to raise the financial resources needed to achieve its vision?

We have no doubt that if God is the originator of the vision of the HICP within our denomination, God will reveal to us and will provide all of the financial resources needed. 

How can the church planter raise the necessary money to help fund the 9-18 month Leadership Residency program?   What are some potential income sources?

We anticipate the per year cost for the Leadership Residency Program will be the responsibility of the planter to raise. (This amount will vary widely based on the location of the Residency Church).

The money will most likely come from a variety of sources, i.e.

1. Planter Spouse Income- This is not required, but it is a great help!

2. Family Wealth - Equity stored up in a home or family business

3. Family and Friends One -Time Gift - Usually used for specific expenses

4. Family and Friends Monthly Support - Usually for 12-36 months until the training is over, the planter is placed, the new church is launched and achieves the four-fold church planting objective: 1) self-supporting, 2) self- propagating, 3) self-governing, and 4) self-reproducing.

5. "Parent" Church Support - Our goal is for strong parent churches to assume near-full financial support.

6. "Sponsor" Churches Support - Two or more churches that team together to help financially.

7. New Gifts in Kind- When equipment, computers, used car, office space, etc. is given.

8. Launch Team Tithe & Offerings - Open a bank account as soon as possible if you know where the plant or multi-site will be and allow people to begin to tithe their income to the new church project

9. Local Church Deputation Offerings - Where the planter can tell his/her story and an offering is taken

10. Faith Promise Budget - A great way to help fulfill our mission next door!

11. Sunday School Classes & Small Groups - They can team up to help sponsor a planter and the new church!

12. Nazarene District Grant - This is not the first, but the last source we name. No way the district can cover all the costs of multiple churches when fueling a movement but they may be able to help some. The HICP Project has begun working with a growing network of Nazarene District Superintendents who are committed to launching an "elephant church plant" on their district.

Partner Churches

How does the High Impact Church Planting Project (HICP) develop partnerships with high-capacity leaders in existing Partner Churches?

We believe that very stage of the large church development process is critical to learn and that every leader needs to never stop learning. The HICP desires to build win-win relationships with the 234 churches currently averaging 250-499 that we have in the USA/Canada Region.  We aim to recapture the Level 5 multiplication mentality and spirit that characterized the Church of the Nazarene from 1908-1960.  

We also desire to work with the 75 churches currently averaging 500-899.  Every one of these healthy churches is committed to leadership multiplication.  Our culture of developing high-capacity Large Church Pastors/Leaders will help every church multiply new leaders, new ministries, new campuses and new churches.  The 38 churches averaging 900-3,000 are our existing K-Churches.  Even if churches do not become a Residency Church, they can fuel Level 5 thinking and multiplication GREATLY by raising up new leaders and new ministries.  Having the HICP systems in place will give all of our Large Partner Churches a place to send their high-capacity church planters.  We aim to drive traffic to by linking our website with every one of the 347 churches across the USA/Canada Region that has 250+ in attendance.  Every church is invited to link with the HICP Project as we continue to capture, catalogue and communicate what we are learning.

Partner Districts

What are the requirements for becoming a Partner District?

The qualifications to become a Partner District include a commitment to participate in the development and delivery of the High Impact Church Planting Project throughout the USA/Canada Region [being reminded that districts do not plant churches, healthy local churches plant churches!]   Some Partner Districts are able to make a direct financial contribution, for other Partner Districts their commitment to the HICP is delivered in other ways. 

Participation is a privilege and there are no guarantees of perpetual inclusion or participation long-term.  Superintendents may be invited on or off the Partner District Team based on their on-going leadership engagement and compliance with established HICP standards. 


What is the relationship between LeadPoint and High Impact Church Planting? (HICP)

The High Impact Church Planting Project is a USA/Canada Region ministry of the NewStart Task Force, led by Rev. Mark Bane.  Dr. Larry McKain, Superintendent of the Chicago Central District Church of the Nazarene, serves on the Task Force representing the HICP Project.  LeadPoint is an entity that has been created to jointly serve the project needs of the USA/Canada Region, the Chicago Central District and other Partner Districts that participate in the HICP Project.