30% of the Northwest population professes any religious affiliation.
About 17% of the population claim to be secularist, which is
the highest percentage of any region in America. The Northwest
is a true "post Christian culture," meaning that Christianity
and the gospel have little influence on the culture. Some Christians
have found this frustrating or intimidating; others find it a
stimulating, wide-open mission field. God-called and God-gifted
church planters are invigorated by this missions challenge.
Baptist Convention helps facilitate and assist church starting
in Washington, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.
church starting working as partners with local associations and
We assist church
planting by helping:
called by God to start churches
Train new church
planters in the basics of church starting
Develop a support
network for church planters, including a mentor, supervisor,
and partnering churches
Develop a relevant
and effective strategy for each new church start
financial assistance for each church start
It is our desire that
together we can determine if a church planting partnership between
you and the Northwest Baptist Convention might be appropriate.
In this packet you will find the materials to assist you in your
application and assessment process. Please follow the instructions
on the Church
Prompt response by you and
your references is essential for a timely assessment. A minimum
of five returned reference forms is necessary for completing
the assessment process. Therefore, I suggest making seven copies
of the attached reference form and sending it to seven references
to ensure that at least five reply. Along with each reference
form, send a reply envelope addressed in the manner indicated
on the reference form.
After we receive your application,
references, and other requested materials, an assigned assessor,
or I, will review the materials. Following the review, if appropriate
you will be contacted for a phone interview. After the phone
interview if appropriate, a four-hour, in-person assessment interview
will be scheduled.
When this entire assessment
process is complete, we will determine if we can move to the
next step in partnering together in planting a church. Our assessment
process is not intended to interpret Gods calling for your
life, but rather to help us determine if it would be appropriate
for us to partner with you.
This process is intense but
necessary to help us move toward effective church planting that
best utilizes the gifts and abilities of those who will be involved
in this most challenging of callings. Your prayers and participation
are greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact me if you have
any questions about this process.