*Disclaimer: This is a general description for Church Planter/ Church Growth Specialist. There are so many things that change for the specific situation each person is in. This is a tool for you to look at to help you see if this is a place that you could serve the Lord. If you have more questions or are interested in what Church Planting or Church Growth would look like, please contact us.
General Job Description: Church Planter/Church Growth Specialist
Reports to: OC Team leader
Relates to: OC team
Overview: A church planting specialist in One Challenge does not plant a church. Our church planters train Christ-followers within the target culture to plant churches and then walk alongside them to rejoice with and encourage them. The model for church planting employed depends on the location and culture. In some places, traditional methods are effective. In others, Discipleship Making Movements (DMM) prove to be the most useful. The ultimate goal is to have a Christ-following body of believers within walking distance of every person.
A church growth specialist in One Challenge works directly with pastors and pastors of pastors to develop strategies for the health and growth of the local church. Training pastors as coaches of others and other methods are used.
Specifics: As in nearly all our church-related ministries, the church planting and/or church growth specialist will spend a large percentage of their time in discovering and developing relationships with local church leaders and movers. Research to identify locations where a believing church does not exist, helping church leaders create vision for church multiplication and connecting resources for training and follow up are included in the role. Mentoring church planters and church health specialists, along with teaching them to do the same, is a large part of the position.
Salary: For all of these opportunities you will be required to raise financial support for a salary, benefits and ministry costs.
Position Requirements: The ideal candidate for a church planting/church growth ministry will have traditional church planting or DMM experience, although there is room for growing into these roles over time. A seminary degree is not required but is often helpful in situations where most people worked with have advanced degrees, especially in roles of leadership. An advanced degree may also help in getting and maintaining a visa in the host country. Command of the local language and culture is a must, so the candidate should anticipate time spent in country to gain those skills.