Three helps in planter selection...

  1. Make sure you have an objective assessment done on the church planter by someone knowledgeable and skilled in church planter / NewStart Assessment.  Read more about Planter Assessments...
  2. Once assessed, have the planter do a demographic study, conduct some hands-on field research, and discern the spiritual climate and community needs.  Read more about Community Assessments...  
  3. Unless the planter has cross-cultural planting gifts, they will tend to reach others like themselves.  Explore the background of the planter, their spouse and their parents.  Examine such things as where they grew up, their educational levels, occupations, etc.  Make sure the community matches who they are.