Church Planting 2017-11-08T14:16:28+00:00

Here in the North Carolina District we believe that Church Planting is one of the key components to healthy and multiplying ministry culture.

From the early 2000’s up to the present time, the NC District has seen 100 plus new churches join our fellowship, with over a 90% survival rate after 5 years.

We attribute this sustainable growth to a few key ingredients: thorough assessments, a strong network of relationships and a supporting leadership team – beginning with our Superintendent, Dr. Rick Ross.

Considering Planting?

  1. The Call – Some of our most successful church planters are entrepreneurs at heart, with a desire to use their God given talents for kingdom expansion.
  2. The Assessment – We now have two Assessment Weekends each year for the planter and his/her spouse. These events are geared to help us know the skill set and best placement for each candidate.
  3. The Training – Once our church planting candidates pass our Weekend Assessment, the next step in the process is Church Planter Launch Training. This training is a requirement for all North Carolina church planters. Launch Training is designed to help every planter discover what type of church they will plant, where they will plant, when they will launch, why they are planting and who they will plant with. Eight times throughout the calendar year Launch Training events are hosted in regional cities such as Washington DC, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Columbus, San Antonio, Springfield, Boston and Orlando. The planter and spouse can choose whatever Launch Training works best for their calendar. We recommend attending no later than 6 months prior to launch date.
  4. The Funding – New church plants can now obtain funding directly from the North Carolina District. Funds will be approved and dispersed only by following the guidelines set by the NC District leadership. Our NCAG PLUS 1 INITIATIVE is a commitment from NCAG churches to give 1% of their annual tithes to NCAG. These funds will be used to help underwrite our church ministries, church revitalization and Church Planting. All financial investments toward our new church plants are interest free loans that are paid back monthly until paid in full. Once paid, each new church will automatically join the PLUS 1 INITIATIVE and give 1% in perpetuity to NCAG. This “pay it forward” stewardship plan will then help the next church planter in the funding process.
  5. The Support Network – Here at NCAG we are committed to building authentic Christ centered relationships with our church planters! To help fuel this connection, we have established 5 regional small groups for our planters and their families. These areas include Eastern NC, Triangle, Triad, Greater Charlotte and Mountain regions of our state. Planters meet regularly throughout the year at a location convenient to their city

Target Cities

With nearly 300 churches in the NCAG District, there are still areas of our state that are unreached. Even some of our major cities need more AG churches to keep up with their growing populations such as Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Durham, Greensboro and Winston Salem.

Listed below are cities that we are reaching less than 1% of the population. We are believing God to raise up a new generation of church planters that will obey the call to go and establish new churches to reach those who are unchurched (have never connected to a local church) and dechurched (those who were once connected but no longer affiliate).

  • Charlotte  792,862
  • Raleigh  750,000
  • Huntersville  46,773
  • Kannapolis  42,625
  • Indian Trail  33,518
  • Monroe  32,797
  • Matthews  29,384
  • Holly Springs  27,198
  • Cornelius  24,866
  • Kinston  21,677
  • Shelby  20,325
  • Carboro  20,323
  • Clemmons  18,627
  • Morrisville  18,228
  • Henderson  15,368
  • Hope Mills  15,176
  • Graham  14,280
  • Pineyville  14,153
  • Leland  13,527
  • Pinehurst  15,255
  • Stallings  13,124
  • Harrisburg  11,524
  • Tarboro  11,415
  • Mebane  11,393
  • Davidson  10,944
  • Lincolnton  10,486
  • Kings Mtn  10,296
  • Summerfield  10,232

If you or someone you know has a desire to plant a church in one of our target cities let us know! We will support you all along the way.

Our Team

Jim Kelly leads our NCAG Church Planting team. The Go Network encompasses both AG and Independent church planters who have connected relationally and support our NCAG Church Planting movement.

We have an amazing team of gifted church planters that lead our growing network across the state of North Carolina.

Mark Ivey – Christ Alive Church, Newton, NC

Paul Jenkins – The Gathering, Albemarle, NC

Mike Santiago – Focus Church, Apex, NC

Ron Barnard – 828 Church, Wilmington, NC

Josh Stahl – Turning Point Church, Kernersville, NC

For more information about church planting, contact Jim Kelly:


Jim Kelly – Director of Church Planting and Development

Phone: 919-270-8057