Pastor Bob Cargo
Director of Church Planting
As a part of the City and Campus Transformation team at Perimeter Church, the Church Planting ministry seeks to advance the vision to "reach out beyond the 'walls' of the church in Word and deed to the community, city, and world."
Our mission is to bring greater Atlanta and beyond into an encounter with the Kingdom of God through the planting of new churches in strategic cities and communities. Perimeter has been associated with and/or directly involved in the planting of over forty churches all around Metro Atlanta since the early 1980’s, and thousands more around the world. By His grace, we have “tasted” the fruits of church planting and are excited about an even more fruitful future.
Perimeter Church is committed to training men who have been called to church planting. Each man will learn from the history, vision, values, and best practices of the church. These men will be sent out to plant churches which plant other churches, so that "greater Atlanta and all places where we serve [will be brought] into a life-transforming encounter with the Kingdom of God.” Our vision is that of “churches planting churches,” resulting in a church planting movement of His grace.
Perimeter was involved in the formation of the Metro Atlanta Collective, formerly called the North Georgia Church Planting Network. A church planting network is an intentional shared relationship (prayer and community) between three or more church planters and key leaders in a region or city who share common values and vision to resource one another in the mission of starting, strengthening and multiplying new churches, for God's glory and the region's good.
Perimeter's Church Planter in Residence Program is a two-year program focused on training each resident in Perimeter's best practices, giving him expertise in six professional competencies, and providing valuable "on the job training". The training focuses on life and relationships, rather than merely on the content of each “practice”.
The purpose of the resident’s time at Perimeter is to learn to be proficient and effective in ministry, while becoming competent in the following areas: Evangelism, Discipleship, Ministry Design, Leadership, Management, and Preaching/Teaching. The resident will spend time learning both in the context of Perimeter and within the context of a recently planted church or daughter congregation.
During the final phase of his residency, the Church Planter in Residence will have the opportunity to develop his ministry plan and raise "startup funds". This is a critical success factor. And our residency is rare in how it allows a planter to give sufficient time to this as a significant part of his job.
Perimeter will provide significant funding for each and every daughter congregation planted by a former Church Planter in Residence. Each church planter will be responsible to raise approximately 1/3 of the church's start-up costs. An additional 1/3 will come from the core group and initial offerings of the developing congregation. This funding from individuals, families and foundations remains vital and essential for success in God's call in church planting.
Besides financial support, Perimeter also offers its members opportunities to serve in our church plants during their early days of formation through the service areas of childcare, teaching in kids’ classes, worship facilitation, etc. These services can be done on an individual basis or with a group, such as a discipleship group or Bible study service project.
Whether you are led to make an application as a church planter, offer services, resources, or abilities to one of our new church plants, or make a financial contribution, we look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to know more about Church Planting call 678.405.2104 or e-mail Bob Cargo using the link below.
"By 2030 ... the nation will be dominated by ten different so-called megapolitan areas ... multipolar, auto-dependent, and geographically vast."
The Atlanta region will be one of them.
(See Joel Kotkin, Next Hundred Million, 34)