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Assessment Tools for Discerning a Call to Plant

By Emily Reece

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Discerning a call to plant a new ministry or new church begins with significant self-reflection. We encourage everyone to lead or partner in planting, which cultivates multiplication culture in our churches. Prospective planters and leaders must consider their gifts and graces, ministry passions, vocational interests, hobbies, family commitments, and many other factors in this season of discerning. To help you start on this journey of discovery, we invite you to follow the links below to a series of FREE self-assessments and personal inventories.

Start here:

Spiritual gifts assessment

What are your God-given ministry gifts? Several New Testament scriptures mention gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for building up the body of Christ. We’ve highlighted some helpful gifts for planting in the article below, along with a link to an online spiritual gifts assessment.

APEST Assessment

As mentioned in the article linked above, some helpful gifts for church planting include apostleship, prophecy, and evangelism. The assessment below, grounded in the church planting research and writing of Alan Hirsch, specifically addresses the “fivefold” gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers, with a focus on planting.

Grit Assessment

As defined by psychologist and researcher Angela Duckworth, “Grit” arises from a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. Duckworth highlights holding steadfast to goal achievement in the face of discouragement and obstacles as critical to exhibiting “grit.” How “gritty” are you? Follow this link to learn more.

Five Factor Model Personality Inventory

Also known as the OCEAN Model, the Five Factor Model groups hundreds of personality characteristics into five factors: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. For our assessment process, we look at the “original” (longer form, with greater reliability and validity) assessment found here:

After completing these free assessments and reflecting upon the findings, if you want to continue the assessment journey, please send your results to Emily Reece, Director of Recruiting, Assessing, and Training for Church Planting. She will get back to you with suggestions about what comes next. If you have questions about the entire planter assessment process, she’ll be glad to answer those questions, too.

Emily Reece is the Director of Recruiting, Assessing, and Training for Church Planting at Discipleship Ministries. She is a lifelong United Methodist with 25 years of professional ministry experience. Emily has worked primarily in church planting and revitalization, ministry coaching, resource development, and church communications. Prior to serving for almost 20 years at the General Church and Indiana Conference, she worked in lay ministry coordination for congregations in Illinois and Indiana.

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