Welcome to NEA Church Planting! Below, please find information about our district church planting process. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for, feel free to contact our office at neatlantic@foursquare.org or call 301.284.0177.

Applying

If you’ve sensed the Lord leading you to plant a Foursquare church in the Northeast Atlantic District, your journey begins with one simple step: filling out our online “Data Sheet.” This short form allows us to gather basic information about you, your ministry background, and your heart to plant a church.

Assessing

Once we’ve received and reviewed your Data Sheet, a brief phone call or in-person appointment will be set up with you (and your spouse, if applicable). Following the call/visit, you’ll be asked to complete an online church planting assessment.

After your assessment, a second consultation will be scheduled to discuss the next steps for church planting in the NEA. Additionally, you’ll be assigned a Northeast Atlantic District church planting coach to assist in your training and encourage your progress in the months ahead.

Learning

Now the fun begins! Your next stop will be connecting with a larger group of church plant candidates in a learning community designed to help you grow in your understanding of God’s mission and your place in His redemptive plan for our world!

Your church planting community, called a cohort, will embark on a 6 month journey of reading, listening, and learning through both online and in-person interactions.

Building

While you’re learning with others in your cohort, you’ll also begin to gather friends, (new and old) to pray, plan, and prepare with you for the future church. This step is critical! What you learn in the classroom will to be applied in your life and community…even before your church officially “exists!”

Licensing

As you finish your cohort learning, you’ll need to begin the process of receiving securing ministerial credentials with The Foursquare Church.

View Licensing & Ordination Process

Proposing

Once you’ve successfully completed the cohort training and started the licensing process, you’ll begin working on three important proposals for your church plant. These will be submitted to the District Supervisor for approval before you can formally launch your church. The three proposals are: a church vision document, a launch plan, and a first year budget.

Growing

Whether you’re planting a network of simple churches or a more traditional church in a public space, the size of your group is important. Among other advantages, larger teams can accumulate larger financial resources…and the NEA wants to partner with you in funding your plant by offering to match funds with your growing church family!

Investing

Church planting is never just about starting a single church; it’s about igniting other planters to go and other churches to give! Our hope is that NEA church planters will invest their experiences and expertise into helping plant more churches! In other words, we want you on our team…for the long haul!