Residency Program In Church Planting

The Church Planting Residency of Perimeter Church is a two year period of focused training.

The training will focus especially on these six areas of Perimeter’s DNA:


  1. Gospel Driven - The Gospel is not merely the doorway into the Christian life. It is the A to Z of Christianity. It is the motive and means of sanctification as well as justification. We seek churches that are driven (motivated and empowered) by a love of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. 
  2. Evangelistic and Missional - We do not seek merely to transfer church members from one church to another. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. We join Him in seeking to take the Good News of the Kingdom to those who are yet to repent and believe. 
  3. Life-on-Life Spiritual Development/Discipleship - Class room teaching and education has its place. However, the heart of spiritual development is a relational and personal process that focuses upon small group discipleship and one on one mentoring. 
  4. The Ministry Belongs to the Laity - The Pastor's Primary Job is to be a Leader/Equipper. Ephesians chapter 4 states that all the saints are to be engaged in ministry and service, according to how each has been gifted by God's Spirit. The pastor is to equip the people of God to do works of service. 
  5. Intentional Leadership Development - Leaders in churches do not appear magically. Through discipleship and equipping, the church's primary leadership has a calling of God to multiply leaders for the sake of the spread of the Gospel and the building up of the Body of Christ. 
  6. Mercy and Justice - The gospel is spread through gospel deeds as well as gospel words. Just as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, we are to pursue the shalom of our communities through serving. Collaboration and partnerships are critical in this calling.


50% of the CPIR's (Church Planter in Residence) time will be spent in "on the job training", typically assisting in our ministry to Young Adults. He will serve as a team member helping provide Pastoral leadership for single adults in their 20's or early 30's, the Newlyweds and/or the Young Marrieds. This will involve team meetings/relationships, pastoral care, evangelism, discipleship, preaching/teaching and ministry planning and coordination. He will receive feedback from the Pastor of Young Adults and/or a pastor serving one of these three groups under the direction of the Pastor of Young Adults. 

The other 50% of his time will be spent learning "Perimeter Best Practices". The specifics of this will be established and tailored (to some degree) to match the needs of the planter. It will focus on both Perimeter's "way of doing ministry" (principles, not programs) as well as essential skills needed for successful church planting. 

During this first year the planter and the Dir of CP'ing will more seriously explore possible areas in which the Resident might plant. This will include some significant time for the planter and his wife (if married) in the most probable target area(s). Our goal will be that, by the end of year one, all interested parties of the plant (planter and wife, if married; Perimeter's leadership; PCA or network churches nearby, the Network's Vision Team and associated Presbytery MNA committees) will all be "on board" and supportive of the effort. 



Again the Planter's time will be split 50/50. 

50% of his time will be spent helping a CP'er or young and developing church "in the field" in a way that is mutually beneficial to both the Church and the Resident. This may include more opportunities to preach, plan and lead worship, develop new ministries and/or lead ministry team leaders. This will give the Resident a better "feel" for what it will be like to plant. 

The other 50% of his time will be spent in the following: settling on a place to plant (if necessary), doing demographics and spending time in the target area, developing a Ministry Plan, raising funds and preparing his first few months of preaching.