Basic Church Planter Assessment
Ridley's 13 Characteristics and Test

What does it take to be an effective church planter?

Dr. Charles Ridley conducted a study of church planters in the United States and Canada. Based on his research and subsequent field testing, he developed a list of thirteen characteristics that define church planters.

For decades, these characteristics have been used to select church planters.

Here is his list of characteristics, their definitions as well as an assessment.

If you are considering church planting, we invite you to complete the following assessment. It is our hope that this will help you clarify God’s call for your life.
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