Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI) Church Planting Partnership
Objective: Assist churches by partnering with local churches to start new churches through the programs below. Extensive mentoring and training is also provided:
Seminary Student Scholarship: Provides tuition support ($500/semester) for full-time students who are members of BCI churches, preparing for vocational ministry, and pursuing a seminary degree.
Intern: Provides assistance ($1000/month) for up to one year for church planters who are about a year away from becoming church planters and a completing their preparation through getting additional experience, training, or education. Planter should have location in mind. Responsibilities will focus on evangelism and discipleship.
Apprentice: Provides assistance ($2000/month) for a church planter apprentice for up to one year before the church start conducts its first worship service. The apprentice should focus on learning the local context, developing relationships, and preparing for the church start.
Church Plant: Provides tailored financial package to church plants to extend other funds provided through sponsoring churches, funds raised, and funds from new church members. Funds are available even if the planter has received intern and apprentice support.
Multi-site congregations also qualify to receive church plant funds if it has a separate weekly meeting location from the sponsoring church and local full-time staff (campus pastor).
New church starts would be expected give at least 6% of their general contributions (offerings) to the cooperative program through the BCI while the church is receiving start-up funds and an additional 4% to either the cooperative program or other ministries (e.g. local association or other ministries) outside of the local church.
Much of this funding comes through our partnership with the North American Mission Board.
For more information on church planting in Iowa, contact Tim Lubinus, TLubinus@BCIowa.org or call the office: (515) 809-2819.