Church Planting Assessment Center

The Converge Assessment Center is one of the longest running, most influential and highly trusted Church Planting Assessment Centers in the country. Some of the best Church Planters in the country have previously participated in an Assessment Center, and currently serve as assessors for new, potential Church Planters. Presently the Converge Assessment Center is under the leadership of Dr. Curt Gruber and Marlan Mincks who are building on the proven foundation provided by decades of experience, and upgrade the our process to be contextually current.

What is an Assessment Center?

It is an intensive four day event staffed by multiple, trained assessors to encourage and observe Church Planting candidates. Candidates have the opportunity to preach, cast vision and work in team settings. It is an opportunity for candidates to meet with counselors and assessors to prepare for life as a Church Planter. Assessors provide a personalized and thorough assessment of Church Planting candidates.

Why Participate in an Assessment Center?

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, for example: Evangelical Covenant Church, Growing Healthy Churches, Green Lake, etc.

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

How Do I Sign Up?

  1. Express your interest by contacting Janie Plante at Converge Southwest.
  2. Engage in a pre-assessment interview.
  3. Contact Terri Mincks to discuss dates, costs and to request a Church Planter Assessment Center Application form.
  4. Converge Southwest will assist you in your registration for an Assessment Center.

Can I Attend an Assessment Center Outside the Region Where I Desire to Serve?

Absolutely! Below are upcoming opportunities across the nation where you can participate in this great experience!  For additional information, visit Converge Assessment Center, or contact Terri Mincks.


  • 6116 Arosa Street
  • San Diego, CA 92115