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Become a Church Planter

Throughout Scripture, God’s calling came in many different forms for His chosen servants. It's likely that you're visiting this site because you've heard God’s call to plant a new church.

The SBC of Virginia is a fellowship of more than 600 churches dedicated to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The convention began in 1996 based on a belief in the inerrancy of Scripture and committed to church planting as a means to reach the world for Christ. Our investments in church planting are made possible by the support of our churches' contributions through the Cooperative Program and the Vision Virginia State Missions Offering.

If you share the beliefs and values of our network of churches and have a desire to plant a church that will enthusiastically participate in our Gospel partnership, we would consider it a privilege to walk with you in your journey of confirming God’s call and discovering His direction for you in church planting.

Enlistment - Equipping Process

There are no guarantees in church planting other than the fact that it will be much more difficult than you thought it would be. Church planting is certainly not for the faint of heart. In fact, our experience in working with church planters is that it takes a certain gift mix and skill set to effectively serve as a lead church planter.

Many are called and gifted to be involved in some aspect of the work of starting a new church. Planting requires a team effort with all hands on deck, each person using his unique abilities to contribute to the task. The Church Planting Team at the SBC of Virginia has developed a robust process to assist church planter candidates to determine if they have the necessary gifts and abilities to serve in the role of a lead church planter.

If you believe God may be calling you to join Him in planting a new SBCV church, please download and complete the Church Planter Interest Form, and return it to A church planting strategist will follow up with you once your completed form is received.

You will find below forms and resources, including an overview of the steps in our enlistment and equipping process.