Register for MNA Church Planter Assessment

“I’m leaving feeling that this is one of the best things I’ve seen going on in the PCA.”… Fantastic week of learning, growing, stretching, and fellowship…Appreciate all the encouragement.”
Considering Church Planting? Then the MNA Assessment Center is for you. The cost of assessment is less than half of one month’s salary and operating expenses for a typical church plant, and a very wise investment that individuals, churches and presbyteries can make in starting a new church. The next open Assessment date is September 15-17, 2020 in Charlotte NC with an application deadline of July 20. Please plan ahead! An absolute three-week lead time minimum is required prior to each application deadline in order to apply, and we often run at capacity. Not convinced? Here are a few more kudos for MNA Assessment:
“The assessors were the most valuable component of the AC… Loved the process, conversations, insight and the people. This is a life-long memory that I will certainly cherish…Getting the opportunity to learn from others in church planting and peers interested in serving the Lord in a similar way. It doesn’t happen often in the “real world” context and I felt supported and encouraged and challenged…. So much grace and love for those attending…I loved assessment, was encouraged and I’m leaving feeling that this is one of the best things I’ve seen going on in the PCA.”

At MNA we know that you want to be sure that you have what it takes to plant a healthy church. The MNA Assessment Center will bring clarity, assurance, affirmation and confidence to your fitness for church planting. We’ve been in your shoes which is why we provide the best church planter assessment possible for you, staffed with grace-filled experienced church planters and their spouses.

The Assessment Center is an intensive, multiple-day process validating information about candidates through information you and your references have provided before-hand and during assessment. In the end, we arrive at a single, global rating of church planter readiness. We do not evaluate your call to ministry or give out passing or failing grades.  We do give you our recommendation if church planting might be for you.

Contact MaryEllen Garofalo, or 609-350-3323, for details on applying to the Assessment Center.

If you’re not sure you’re ready for assessment right now, consider attending a Church Planter Readiness Seminar.  Contact Jim Hatch for dates and locations of upcoming seminars.  This is a “mini-assessment” to help you.

2020 Assessment Dates

Charlotte, NC- Sept 15-17

  • Application deadline July 20

Columbus, OH- Nov 17-19

  • Application deadline Sept 21


2021 Assessment Dates

Lakeland, FL- Jan 26-28

San Antonio, TX- April 13-15

St. Louis, MO- July 13-15

Spanish River- September 21-23

TBD- November 16-18


Click here for more information or email Mary Ellen Garofalo at