Church Planting Assessment Center

The Converge Assessment Center is the most influential and highly trusted Church Planting Assessment Centers in the country. The Assessment team is a group of effective planters and pastors who have participated in an Assessment Center and are trained to serve the Church Planting candidates. The Converge Assessment Center is under the led by Dr. Curt Gruber and Terri Mincks who are building on the proven foundation provided by decades of experience and upgrade our process to be contextually current.

What is an Assessment Center?

The Assessment Center helps you answer two essential questions: Is church planting really for me? and secondly, Am I ready to plant a church now? It is an intensive four-day event staffed by trained assessors to encourage and observe Church Planting candidates. Candidates preach, cast vision and work in team settings. Candidates meet with counselors and assessors to prepare for life as a Church Planter. Assessors provide a personalized assessment of Church Planting candidates.

Why Participate in an Assessment Center?

Luke 14:28 tells us to count the cost before becoming a disciple a Christ, using the analogy of considering what resources we have before we build a building. It is important for you to realistically answer the two questions above before jumping into church planting. The Assessment center can give you honest and clear answers before you begin. 

The Converge Assessment Center is one of the oldest and most reliable in the country with nearly two decades of practical experience. Converge has a high rate of success in Church Planting, directly related to its world-class Assessment Center. Several other denominations and para-church organizations have modeled their process after ours, or choose to participate in Converge Assessments

Provides answers to many Church Planting questions, gives input into your possible future involvement in Church Planting, and allows networking with other Church Planting couples who share the similar interests and passions. Based on this intensive multi-day process, the team of assessors will pray, discuss, evaluate and collate their findings to give you the best personal Assessment possible.

Who Can Participate?

  • Pastors in transition
  • Restart Pastors
  • Church Planters
  • Youth Pastors
  • Associate Pastors
  • Missionaries
  • Para-church workers
  • Second-career Lay Leaders

Upcoming Dates and Locations

  • August 14-17, 2018 Denver, Colorado
  • November 6-9, 2018 Phoenix, Arizona

How Do I Sign Up?

The path to participating at an Assessment Center starts by connecting with our office. Here are the steps: 

   1. Fill out these forms and then express your interest by contacting Denise Lovelace at Converge PacWest at:

  1. ISA Tool  
  2. Exploration Survey
  3. Planting Risk Analysis
  4. Theological Grid


   2. Engage in a pre-assessment interview (If there's a mutually agreed green light to move forward, go to step 3).

   3. Our admin will send you a link to the application for attending the assessment

   4. Our admin will register you for an Assessment Center.

   5. There are fees and travel costs related to the assessment. We will discuss how we can partner with you on the costs.

    Connect with us

  • Email us
  • Call 209-830-6222


  • 23950 S. Chrisman Rd.
  • Tracy, CA 95304