Every church planter needs to go through an assessment process prior to beginning to plant a church. Assessments are the responsibility of the church planter and, in some cases, the sponsoring church. There are many acceptable assessment processes available. Both Texas Baptists and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention have suggestions for assessments. Most, if not all assessments, include both the church planter and his wife.
Our personal view is that an assessment that includes written materials, interviews, and reviews by peers are the most accurate. Two of the leading peer assessments are those offered through Acts 29 and Converge Worldwide.