Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI) Church Planting Partnership
The Baptist Convention of Iowa partners with existing churches and church planting missionaries to establish new congregations in under-reached places in Iowa. In addition to financial support, we assist churches to recruit, assess, train, and coach church planters.
Here are some of the ways we financially partner with churches and church planting missionaries:
Church Planting Apprenticeship
Churches can receive up to $2000/month to support qualified church planting candidates for up to one year as they prepare to start a new church. During this time, the candidate will focus on personal development, understanding their target context, and forming a core team for their church plant.
Qualified church planting candidates can receive tailored financial packages which may include monthly funding for up to two years and one-time grants to assist with start-up costs (materials, equipment, meeting space, etc.). Church plants who receive these funds contribute at least 6% of their congregational giving through BCI and 4% to other SBC mission causes.
Churches less than five years old can apply for grants to assist with costs of evangelism projects in their community. These grants typically range from $500-1500.
Seminary Tuition Scholarships
BCI provides tuition support ($500/semester) for full-time students who are members of BCI churches, preparing for vocational ministry, and pursuing a seminary degree.
Multi-site congregations also qualify to receive church plant funds if it has a separate weekly meeting location from the sending church and local full-time staff (campus pastor).
Here are some ways we partner to develop church planters and team members:
Send Network Assessment
Qualified candidates participate in an online pre-assessment and in-person assessment retreat designed to help affirm a candidate’s calling and readiness to lead a new congregation. BCI helps to offset the sending church’s costs for these processes.
Send Network Training
Church planters who are affirmed through the Send Network Assessment participate in a five-month training cohort that helps the planter understand their target community and design a missional strategy to reach non-Christians with the gospel and to gather them into a new congregation.
For more information, contact Chase Abner at firstname.lastname@example.org.