Church planting is God's way of spreading the Gospel and establishing a community-based, disciple-making agency. The driving issue in church planting is fulfilling the Great Commission. Church planting also expands the personnel and financial base for foreign missions. Many communities are without a Christ-centered, Bible-based ministry, so church planting is desperately needed in America.
- Clear salvation testimony
- Testimony of an upright character and teachable spirit
- Membership in a Bible-believing church
- Pastoral recommendation
- Agreement with the doctrinal statement of GFA
- Good physical, mental, and emotional health
- Leadership ability and experience
- Entrepreneurial spirit and drive
- Adequate spiritual and academic preparation
- Pastoral heart and ministry experience
- A testimony of faithfulness in marriage. For the sake of consistency, GFA does not process the applications of divorced persons.
- Plans to stay a minimum of 5 years at new church
Where Is the Primary Need for Churches to Be Planted?
Smaller, western towns: We have identified many communities in the U.S.A. with no known Fundamental churches within a 30-mile radius.
Cities: Many American cities have Fundamental churches, but still have a great need for church planting. We have identified 62 important cities that appear to be in need of more Fundamental churches.
Major metropolitan areas: Eighty percent of the American people live in metropolitan areas of more than 250,000! We have done extensive research on America's major metropolitan areas and identified 15 specific sections that appear to have few, if any, known Fundamental churches.
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The GFA church planting program is seeking to meet that need. Contact GFA if interested.