About Vision Arizona
We are a group of churches committed to helping other biblically conservative churches get started and strengthened in the state of Arizona, including sub-networks Vision Tucson and Vision Yuma. We offer funding, extensive coaching and have a track record of over 90% successes. We are the church planting network for the state of Arizona for Converge Southwest, one of the eleven US regions of Converge.
We Are Better Together
Call it a community/network/cohort or whatever you like, we call it family. We consider each of our church planting partners, no matter the size and history of their church, to be essential to our mission.
Frequently Asked Questions
Isn't church planting risky?
It depends how you define risk. With 80-85% of American churches plateaued or declining, some might consider it more risky to minister in that environment. It depends how God has wired you.
Do I have to raise support?
Yes, as you can see in our Operating Guidelines, with guidance from your coach, 100% of personal support must be raised for the Lead Pastor, the Executive/Associate Pastor, and for a third Full-Time-Equivalent, which may be one more full-time staff or two half-time staff or three one-third-time staff, etc.
Do I have to have a seminary degree?
Nope. Sometimes people who wouldn’t have the patience for seminary turn out to be great church planters. There are more important success indicators: entrepreneurial track record, spouse support, ability to connect with the unchurched, et cetera.
Do I have to use the name 'Baptist' in my church name?
We encourage you to name your church in such a way to strategically target those who don’t know Christ. Sometimes “Baptist” works, other times it doesn’t. We don’t make a big deal about the name, but we do expect that our churches freely inform their congregations about our denomination and participate accordingly.
Will there be a Launch Team waiting for me?
No, you and your team, with our help, will build your launch team.
What will my wife's role be?
That depends on her. One of the beauties of church planting is that the spouse can chart her own course. There are no expectations. Some wives are incredibly involved, others to a more moderate degree.
What do you do for 'bi-vocational' church planters?
We strongly discourage this and require 100& of your personal support to be raised. The launch funds that we provide are designated for physical startup expenses, i.e. facility rental, environment, AVL equipment, curriculum, children and youth ministries, etc.
Can we bring others with us?
Absolutely! According to a Forbes Magazine study, entrepreneurial ventures which were partnerships were four times more likely to succeed. Many of our church planters bring “ministry partners” with them. Value and agenda harmony issues are already settled and there is built-in emotional support.
How will we be coached?
We have qualified, experienced coaches who will meet with you face to face each month, up through your first anniversary of public worship services. They know their stuff. You will be coached well–face to face, over the phone, email and so on.
Once I start, how long before we start services?
We require 50 committed, giving, serving adults in your Launch Team prior to Grand Opening. Some of our church planters soft launch before Grand Opening, and some do preview services before Grand Opening. Soft launches and preview services still require the 50 adults.
What style of churches do you start?
All kinds. As long as you are functioning in your area of giftedness and you do not vilify others in the movement whose style is different than your own; you’re clear to operate with your unique style.
What's your track record?
Across denominations in the United States, only about one-out-of-three new churches “make it”. Our track record over the past ten years is about nine (9) out of ten (10) make it. The reason is because of the strong support our movement offers for church planters, spouses et cetera.
Where are you targeting?
Just about everywhere. When we mobilize church planters we factor in a number of criteria: natural fit, skill and experience levels, church planter preferences and current opportunities.
What happens if I fail?
If you’ve made it into our movement, you probably won’t fail. But if you do, you will be treated with dignity and we will help to find another ministry fit for you.
Become a Church Planter
The process to become our next church planting candidate is simple. Click below to apply and get started!Apply Now
Vision Arizona provided essential information and coaching to not only be a successful church plant, but to also have healthy church structures. The quality of the assessment process, coaching, and creative ideas is top notch and a great encouragement while in the trenches. Most importantly, Vision Arizona helped keep our focus on the power and presence of the Lord.
Being a part of Vision Arizona is like being adopted into a new family that loves and cares for your well being and growth, in your personal life and ministry. They have walked along beside us with open arms not afraid to give us the real objective truth about our church. Their support through coaching, prayer, and finances have helped us get closer to reaching our city and being the hands and feet of Jesus in Yuma.