242 Network is a Church Multiplication Network that exist to train and equip called leaders to plant multiplying churches.
 

we can give you the tools you need to live out god's calling on your life

The 242 Network is serious about reaching the lost and un-churched people in the state of MS, the South, and beyond.

By joining in with us, we expect you to be as passionate and dedicated to the mission of Christ as we are. You are called to help people come to Jesus and we are called to help you do it. Our Planter Process includes training and coaching to help you develop a plan for your church and goals to meet. 

 
 

Are you called to plant? 

 
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Planting Process

What's it like to be one of our church planters? We're prepared to take the long journey to getting started with you.

Our experienced hub leaders will be with you every step of the way to guide, encourage, and pray as you seek God's will to start a new church. 

There are 3 stages in our planting process. Each stage is designed to help you plan, evaluate, and execute goals efficiently when planting your church. 

Step 1 - Assess Leaders

PRE-ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

A planter must complete various on-line applications and assessment instruments for the planter and his spouse. These must be completed at least a month before the assessment.

PARENT CHURCH AFFIRMATION

Each planter must have a parent church that is willing to work with and invest both time and money in him and his new church for several years. The Parent church must agree to this role prior to the planter’s assessment.

ATTEND AN ASSESSMENT

This is a two day retreat that the planter and his wife must participate in. Out of this intense assessment a planter and his parent church leadership will receive feedback on the planter’s readiness to plant, with a focus on verifying his call to plant a church.

You will find more information regarding the Assessment as you scroll down the page. You can also check Assessment dates by following the 242 Network Facebook Page. 

DEVELOP PERSONAL GROWTH PLAN

Using feedback from his assessment, the planter will work with his Parent church and his coach to prepare his Personal Growth Plan. This living document will clearly state the areas the planter needs to work on to improve his leadership capability and prepare him for planting.

ASSESSMENT FOLLOW-UP

This is a meeting with the planter and a representative from his parent church where they receive feedback on the planter from one or more of the individual assessors involved in the Assessment Retreat.

 

Step 2 - Train Leaders

SIX MONTHS OF HUB TRAINING

Each planter that is approved to proceed with training will study and focus on 10 competencies that a well prepared church planter will posses. These are covered in face-to-face training sessions lead by Hub Leaders and additional trainers certified in the Launch training process.

COACH IS ASSIGNED AND COACHING BEGINS

A trained ministry coach is assigned to each planter and they begin a life and ministry coaching process  that encourages the planter in their personal development. The planters Personal Growth Plan is a key document that is used during the time a planter works with his coach.

WORK THROUGH YOUR GROWTH PLAN

Utilizing input and feedback from his Parent Church, trainers and his Coach, each planter will work on learning new skills and changing his behaviors as called for in his Personal Growth Plan. Over a 2 year period his personal growth plan will be adjusted based on his progress and the needs that are discovered during training and coaching.

DEVELOP THE CHURCH MASTER PLAN

This is an important document prepared during training that states the specifics of the planter’s strategic and operations plans for starting his new church.

PARTICIPATE IN THE NETWORK CONFERENCE

Each year 242 Network will offer a leadership conference for church planters and churches interested in working with church planters. Planters will attend the conference for additional learning and networking with other planters and established churches.

 

Step 3- Support Planters

AFFIRM PLANTERS FOR FUNDING

242 Network leadership will monitor each planter’s progress during the training stage and when they believe the planter is ready to receive funding will recommend to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board whether or not they should receive funding from the Margret Lackey State Missions fund. The amount and timing of the funding will also be recommended along with any conditions that must be meet for funding to be received and/or continued. The Mississippi Baptist Convention Board leadership will have the final decision on funding approval.

COACHING CONTINUES FOR 1 YEAR

The planter will continue to be coached for at least a year after they receive funding for their church.

HUB LEADERS CONTINUE INVESTING

Hub leaders will schedule regular meetings for planters and pastors of established churches to meet for fellowship and encouragement.

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF EACH PLANT

Planters who receive funding will have their progress with their Church Master Plan reviewed each year by 242 Network leaders to determine if their funding should continue. Recommendations along with the findings of the people doing the review will be provided to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board for their final decision.

Why should I go through an Assessment?

 
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One of the most dangerous things you can do is set out to plant a church without solid confirmation of your calling.

Church planting is not for everyone. A comprehensive two-part assessment is used for all church-planting candidates: online and in-person. The online inventories score an individual's leadership, personality, strengths, evangelistic abilities, and marital health. 

 
 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM AN ASSESSMENT RETREAT?

Following the online inventories, an affordable yet thorough Assessment Retreat is conducted to complete the process. Potential planters and their spouses attend a two-day intensive retreat where they interact with a team of 6 different assessors, including seasoned church planters (and wives), a marriage counselor, emotional and spiritual health counselor, personal growth coach, business professional, and others. The 48-hour experience is highly interactive and results in a unique personal growth plan.

WHAT COMES AFTER THE ASSESSMENT RETREAT?

Another distinct value to our process is what happens following the online inventories and two-
day retreat. Afterwards, a candidate and spouse meet with their parent church pastor. A member of the assessment team then shares the results simultaneously with planter, spouse, and pastor, identifying strengths and needs, walking through the personal growth plan, and ultimately making a recommendation as to whether or not a candidate is ready to proceed with training. The 242 Network Assessment uses a process developed by the Launch Group, an experienced church planter assessment and training organization. Launch’s experience has been that approximately 53% of potential planters are recommended to continue at that point with church planter training. If proceeding, the personal growth plan serves as a guide to customize the church planter’s training experience. If an individual is not yet ready for Training, the assessment process and personal growth plan still prove valuable in working closely with their pastor to further prepare or better identify a fit in ministry.