Discovery Lab is an intense interview for potential church planters, campus ministers, and other ministry leaders. Discovery Lab candidates spend many hours leading up to the lab taking a battery of assessments in order to help the interview team give them the most accurate feedback possible. 

​The interview team also spends a lot of time reading up on and praying over the planter candidates before anyone arrives at the lab. Once we get together, it’s an intense time of questions, answers, project presentations, and blessings!

Discovery Lab will challenge you like few events you’ll ever experience. All of this preparation and energy goes into answering 3 questions:


Am I capable of being a church planter or ministry leader?


Am I ready to start the process of planting a church or build a new ministry from scratch?


Is Kairos a good fit for me?

Discovery Lab Process

We have 2 formats for Discovery Lab–online and in person. We have found both to be effective at giving you an honest and thorough assessment of your readiness for ministry leadership.

PHASE 1: Initial Conversation

1. Take the self-assessment
2. Video call with someone from Kairos



PHASE 2: Second Conversation

1. Send in sermon or lesson link
2. Follow-up call with a Kairos Church Planter
3. Complete the Church Planter Profiles Inventory ($114)

3-4 HOURS + $114

PHASE 3: Commit to the Process

1. Decide which Discovery Lab you’ll attend
2. Make your Deposit of $100 (use Discovery Lab in the dropdown menu and include your name on the memo line)

1 HOUR + $100


PHASE 4: Pre-Lab Assignments

5 Cohort Nights
Discovery Lab Application
Church Planter Profile Assessments
Prepare Story and Worship
Pay Lab Fee

20 HOURS + up to $395 per person

PHASE 5: Attend Discovery Lab

3 Lab nights
Complete Ridley Inventories
Lead Worship
Tell Personal Story
Group Presentation

20-30 HOURS


PHASE 4: Pre-Lab Assignments

2 Cohort Nights
Discovery Lab Application
Prepare Story and Worship
Pay Lab Fee

8 HOURS + up to $900 per person

PHASE 5: Attend Discovery Lab

Travel to Discovery Lab location
Arrive the afternoon of day 1
Engage in the Discovery Lab process
Depart the morning of day 5

5 days, 4 nights

PHASE 6: Post Lab

Exit Interview
Receive Report
Discussion on Next Steps


Kairos runs Discovery Labs twice a year. These labs are by invitation only. After you have taken the self-assessment, we’ll set up a a time to talk about if attending a Discovery Lab is the right step for you.

Upcoming Discovery Labs

Winter 2024 – Boston, MA
Spring 2024 – San Diego, CA
Spring 2024 – Online