Who should attend to represent us?

Sponsoring organizations and networks are expected to send an official “observer” to attend Assessment with the candidate(s). Observers offer background to the context the church planter is being assessed for, function as a part of the assessment team and provide a first-hand report back to the network or sponsoring organization on the experience. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to cover the cost of the observer’s travel, lodging and meals.


When should I attend Assessment? Should my family attend?

Determine the Assessment Center and dates that best fit your family’s schedule. If you are married, your spouse must attend assessment with you. CPAC does not generally allow children to attend. The exception to this is for nursing infants. The best CPAC experience is when even the tiniest are left with a caring family member or friend allowing mom and dad to completely participate. If it is necessary to bring a nursing baby, the second best experience is for someone to come along and babysit throughout CPAC except when it’s feeding time. Extra cost for babysitter room and food is the responsibility of the parents or their sponsors and must be arranged in advance.

How do I make travel plans?

Candidates are responsible for coordinating their travel to the assessment center. Travel arrangements should not be made more than 30 days in advance of a center. CPAC is a fee-based, non-profit organization that must have a minimum number of enrollments to make an assessment center feasible. Any necessary cancellations made by CPAC will be made no less than 30 days in advance, and deposits will be fully refunded or transferred to another event. CPAC cannot be responsible for travel costs under any circumstances.

How do I prepare for Assessment

Candidates and spouses complete a series of questionnaires to offer an overview of a candidate’s background, experience and calling. Candidates and spouses complete a series of online profile instruments to offer an overview of church planting readiness, personality, temperament, giftings and strengths. Psychological instruments and interviews help identify potential issues that impact an individual’s wholeness, marital adjustment and professional interaction. Background and credit checks are conducted and references are consulted.

What happens during Assessment?

A team of assessors observe candidates in simulation modules, team activities and personal interviews to provide real-life perspective for potential church planting scenarios. Candidates are evaluated by each other. Peer assessment offers feedback from those that are working closely with each candidate during assessment. Candidates observe themselves during the process. Processing all input available, the candidate is able to make a highly informed conclusion about the placement and timing in church planting.

What happens after Assessment?

On the final day of assessment, candidates will receive their final assessment recommendation along with a set of developmental recommendations. Within one week of assessment, candidates and sponsoring organizations will receive a detailed report of the assessment team’s observations and final recommendations regarding the candidate’s readiness for church planting. Candidates will receive a detailed and personalized development plan based on the assessment team’s observations and experience.