Thank you for your interest in church planting. By completing this form, you will allow us to become acquainted with you as we begin the process of qualifying you as a church planter with APEX and the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. 

The purpose of APEX is to enlist, train, equip, qualify, and support candidates who have a desire to plant churches in emerging communities. Your answers and responses on this form will be evaluated with this in mind and will be kept confidential. The people who will have access to this information will be limited to those who may have a role in evaluation and assessment, those who will be coaching your ministry, and others whom you authorize. 

The next steps in our process will include: 

1) Contact with references and getting background and credit checks. Reference checks will begin after you give permission for us to contact the people you list. 

2) An invitation to an assessment lab with you and your spouse where you will go through a personal evaluation process that will help identify qualities and special attributes you possess. 

3) Enrollment in a two day orientation-training module sponsored by APEX  

4) Presentation for approval at a national BBFI fellowship meeting 

5) Attachment to a mentoring church near your target area 

Please be as clear as possible in your answers and responses to this form. Brevity is a virtue, but please use as much space as needed to give an accurate report. 

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Introductory Information
Date *
Date
Applicant's Name *
Applicant's Name
Spouse's Name
Spouse's Name
Phone *
Phone
Address *
Address
Birth Date *
Birth Date
Marital Status *
Are you a U.S. Citizen? *
Date of Entry into US
Date of Entry into US
Employment Information
Business Address
Business Address
Phone
Phone
Ministry Information
Church Address
Church Address
Church Phone
Church Phone
Previous Ministry Information
Address
Address
Address
Address
Indicate your view of your abilities/gifts in the following areas, using a scale of 1-5 with 5 being high:
Teaching
Preaching
Administering
Vision Casting
Developing
Counseling
Personal Information
Education Information
Please list the higher education institutions you have attended, degrees earned, and the major or focus of study for each. Attach transcripts from each institution.
Please list any formal training (seminars, courses, conferences) from which you have received help in the following areas:
Pastoral Qualification Information
This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. I Timothy 3:1-7
Based upon the above passage outlining the qualifications of a pastor, please answer the following.
Demographic Information
Characteristics of a Successful Church Planter
The questions below are based on the thirteen qualities that are considered to make up the profile of a successful church planter (according to Charles R. Ridley of Indiana University), Due to the unique ministry role of the church planter, it is important for us to know your answers to these questions. Be as brief and clear as possible but feel free to use an additional page for your responses.
References
Please give the names and email addresses for people who know you and your work and who will serve as references for you. These need to be people who can report to us about your employment, ministry, character, skills, communication, family relationships, etc. We will contact them after receiving permission from you to do so, and give them a form to use for their responses.
Reference 1
Name
Name
Reference 2
Name
Name
Reference 3
Name
Name
Reference 4
Name
Name
(Additional forms will be sent to you for signatures in order to complete these checks.)
I hereby certify that all of the information given in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
Signature *
Signature
Date *
Date
Please email us three pastoral recommendations who currently pastor churches in the BBFI