Is God calling you to plant a church? Are you ready to begin the process in West Virginia to plant a church?

You are in the right place to begin the process of planting a church in West Virginia through the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists.  We have a seven step process that you may begin today.  Each step has specific things that must be done in order for you to move successfully through to the end.

Step One – Fill out our church planting application provided by the Church Planting Catalyst. This application will be sent back to the office of state missions in Scott Depot, West Virginia. It is important that you fill in every line. A Church Planting Catalyst will call or email you to personally walk you through the entire process. He will interview you and will be your coach to assist you. Send one digital picture of you and your family to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Step Two – A link will be emailed to you to take five assessments. The assessment cost is $30.00. Once you have been accepted and completed the entire process, you will be reimbursed $10.00. Each assessment will take you between ten to 40 minutes. There is an assessment on Anger Management, Marriage Inventory, Personality Portrait, and a Spiritual Gift Assessment. You do not have to take all four assessments at one time. When you have successfully completed all five assessments, we will be notified of your results.

Step Three - The office of state missions will send you an official email to begin filling out an application with the North American Mission Board (  Click on “Mobilize Me” and follow the online prompts.

Step Four – Once you have completed the NAMB application, your Church Planting Catalyst will email or call to work with you on completing a partnership and sponsorship form. At this time you will begin determining a budget and partnerships with other associations, churches or people who might be sponsoring you to plant a church.

Step Five – A Partnership Agreement will be completed by your Catalyst and the WVCSB office. This agreement will list your support and conditions of planting a church.  The Church Planter, Sponsors, Church Planting Catalyst, and the State Director of Missions must sign off on this form.

Step Six – A Church Planter receives an official letter/email stating they have completed the process and are now ready to plant a church.

Step Seven –Contact to register

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As you feel the Lord calling you to be involved in church planting in West Virginia, we encourage you to join us in praying through the following four areas:

  • Pray that we would be able to lift our eyes and see the fields that are white to harvest. (John 4:35)
  • Pray that the Lord of the harvest would send out workers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)
  • Pray that our churches would grow together as strong co-laborers and partners in the harvest.
  • Pray for the unchurched field that is already white to harvest.

Links to review as you pray about coming to WV.

US Census WV Page,US/PST045217

The Association of Religion Data Archives

Information on Cities, Counties, Towns & Communities

NAMB Missional Research

NAMB Population/Church ratios

Send North America

Church Planting Village

The American Church Research Project

When you’re ready to advance to the next level, go to page 5, Process.

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This page is being updated. New information coming soon.

When you’re ready to advance to the next level, go to page 4, Pray.

Preparation | Church Planting | The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists |


You are about to contact one of our Church Planting Catalysts in West Virginia.  Here are few things that you need to pray and think through before you call us.

  1. My calling of God into the ministry
  2. My wife’s calling of God
  3. Family support
  4. Biblical qualifications – 1 Timothy 3
  5. Agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000
  6. Agreement with WVCSB/NAMB guidelines
  7. Financial stability
  8. Why West Virginia?

When you’re ready to advance to the next level, go to page 3, Perspective.

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Become a Planter

Welcome to the world of Multiplication. Dr. Kevin Ezell, president of NAMB (North American Mission Board), has challenged us to plant more churches.  Today, we know that more people are won to Christ in new church plants than from existing churches.

If you have received a call from God to plant a church, please consider coming to West Virginia.  The purpose of starting a new church is to share the “Gospel of Jesus Christ” and to lead people into a life changing relationship with him.  Through this effort, new churches begin.  Here in West Virginia, we do not start churches to reach the “churched”, but instead to reach those who are at the heart of a very secular, post-modern society.  Recent statistics show only 11% of our population is active in an evangelical church.  That means lostness is great and could possibly indicate 89% are lost and need Christ.

West Virginia is a new work state.  Presently we have approximately 220 churches, ten associations, and state staff to help and assist men of God as they believe God has led them here to plant a new church.  In the last year God brought almost a dozen men into West Virginia to start churches.

The hope….and dream…is that this God-led movement is developing to a point that the region is transformed to a place where it is evident that God reigns.  We could literally use another 1000 churches in our state.

As you prayerfully consider your call to plant a church in West Virginia, you may be at any one of the following stages in your journey.

  • Overview Watch this short video about our church planting pathway - the days of the lone ranger church planter are over.
  • Preparation You have determined God has called you into the ministry, and you want to know how to begin the where, when, and how process.
  • Perspective You want someone to call you and talk about church planting in West Virginia.  You believe God is calling you to plant a church, but not sure where in West Virginia.
  • Pray You are asking God for his Kingdom perspective and world-wide vision, interceding for Christian workers, team development, and unevangelized people in West Virginia.
  • Process The decision has been made for you to come, and we have decided to partner with you. Now what? What steps can you take to prepare for your church plant and your move to West Virginia?

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