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Church Planters

Church Planting with the ARPC

Outreach North America assists Presbyteries to plant churches across North America.

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Why Plant With the ARPC?

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Meet Our Church Planters

The Church Planting Process


Presbytery Initiation

Our regional Presbyteries have oversight of the mission work within their bounds, as well as the responsibility to call and approve church planters. To plant an ARP church, you will need to initiate contact with the Presbytery where you feel called to plant. ONA can help you determine and make contact with the right Presbytery. Once the Presbytery has decided to take the next step in considering you as a church planter, they will work with ONA in an assessment process to confirm your gifting for the ministry of church planting.



In order to be good stewards of human and financial resources, the Presbytery will work with ONA to assess you and your spouse regarding your gifting for church planting at this time.  The assessment will give you feedback that can be helpful for your future ministry, regardless of whether you are recommended for church planting at this time.



As a result of the assessment, you will receive a recommendation either to pursue church planting or to pursue different avenues of ministry. If you are recommended for church planting, you will want to pay attention to the feedback regarding areas you need to strengthen to help you as a church planter. The assessment results also help the Presbytery as they seek to be good stewards of God’s resources.

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Approval by Presbytery

Presbytery will want an initial proposal for the church plant before voting to approve the work.  Once Presbytery has approved the church plant and once you are recommended through the assessment process, the Presbytery can approve a call to you as the church planter for the new work. 


ONA Orientation

Once assessed and approved, you will want to be oriented by the Presbytery Church Extension Committee and by ONA staff to discuss getting started, funding, training and support opportunities, and other expectations. We will provide integral support so that you are well-equipped to enter your explorer year.


Explorer Year

During the explorer year of church planting, you will develop a core group, create a prayer network, and learn the complexities of church planting. As an explorer, you will be expected to research your target area and develop a core group.

With our support and these resources at your disposal, you are expected to come out of your explorer year with a researched and developed church plant proposal to submit to your Presbytery and the ONA Board for approval.


Church Planting

After your proposal has been approved, you’ll officially be on your way to planting a church. You will want to take full advantage of strategic direction, prayer, and accountability provided by the Presbytery and by ONA.

Is Church Planting for You?

Review The ARPC Requirements

First and foremost, ARPC planters must:

  • Hold a Masters of Divinity degree (with Greek and Hebrew) from an accredited and approved seminary
  • Commit to and clearly articulate Reformed theology
  • Be ordained or be willing to become ordained in the ARPC
  • Actively participate in our denominational ministries

Take the Self Assessment

Do you think the Lord may be leading you to become a church planter? Our self-assessment can assist you in understanding how well your present experience, training, and gifts equip you for planting a church in the ARPC.


Want to Learn More About Church Planting?

If you’ve taken our self-assessment and feel strongly that the Lord is calling you to be a church planter, we’d love to hear from you to discuss next steps.

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