Church Planter Assessment Center

The Church Planter Assessment Center (CPAC) is designed to help identify qualified Church Planters through a multi-day, on-site, in-depth assessment process. The Planter’s spouse (if married) is a full-participant in the assessment. Planter candidates undergo a 360° assessment in the 16 Characteristics of “successful” Church Planters. The CPAC includes psychological and behavioral assessment by a team of trained church planter assessors. Upon completion of the CPAC, the candidate’s sponsor receives a complete written report and recommendation.

Personalized Church Planter Assessment

The Personalized Church Planter Assessment (PCPA) is an on-line assessment for a single individual candidate and spouse, if married. The Planter Candidate and spouse complete all of the same assessments as in the CPAC, with exception of a Team Project (and accompanying peer assessment). The assessment is conducted by the Center’s licensed psychologist and certified assessor. Planter candidates undergo a 360° assessment in the 16 Characteristics of “successful” Church Planters. Upon completion of the CPAC, the candidate’s sponsor receives a complete written report and recommendation.


Why Church Planter Assessment?

The LCMS Church Planters Assessment Center (CPAC) helps a potential church planter clarify—and church planting sponsors verify—whether or not he or she has the specific calling, necessary gifts, skills and character to be a lead church planter. Relying on research-based church planter qualifications and multiple perspectives, a group of trained assessors use behavioral interviews, proven self-awareness inventories, self-discovery experiences, group projects, carefully gathered references, testing and interviews by a licensed Christian psychologist, all under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, to prayerfully evaluate candidates.

Church planter assessment is not a critique or judgment of a candidate's suitability for any other ministry opportunity. Those who are not recommended for church plant leadership may be very effective pastors, evangelists, teachers and other kinds of ministry leaders. Assessment is intended only to determine potential church planter effectiveness.

Assessment is a predictor, but not a guarantee, of future church planting leadership success. It is also not intended for candidates who have already been officially appointed by their sponsoring agency and/or who are actually on-site and already involved in church planting.

The Church Planter Assessment Center (CPAC) presented by the Center for U.S. Missions is endorsed and encouraged by LCMS District Mission Executives and Facilitators, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. It supports the church planting movement  now underway in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.


Important Information