The School of Church Planting (SCP) offers two tracks of course material taught on alternating years.
TRACK ONE is geared to those who are contemplating starting a new church in the U.S. or overseas or who may be in the early stages of a church plant. It covers the first three phases of the church planting life cycle from conception to prenatal care to the actual launch of the church. Special attention is given to cross-cultural ministry .
The success or failure of new church plants is greatly influence by what transpires in the months leading up to the start of public services. Just as the gestation period is essential to producing a healthy human baby, so proper prenatal care during the 1st and 2nd trimester in the planting process sets the stage for a strong, healthy birth of a new congregation.
No matter where you are planting a church, the consideration of the following topics would be tremendously helpful. We will consider:
The Biblical Foundation for Church Planting; Why Plant Churches?; The Man God Uses; The Church’s Mission, Vision, Goals & Values; What Kind of Church to Plant; Understanding Other Cultures; Raising Your Support Team: Financing Your Plant; Recruiting a Launch Team; The Importance of Acquiring Language In Making Disciples Cross-Culturally; Where to Plant-Demographics & Targeting; Preplanning & Preparations; Which Model for Christ’s Mission?; Selecting the Right Sponsorship Model; The Church’s Financial Systems; Understanding Your Community; Contextualization; The Ecclesiastical Minimum; Evangelistic Small Groups; Establishing and Protecting Spiritual Authority from the Beginning; Ethnic Church Planting; Developing Foundational Documents; Church Leadership and Governance in Collectivist Cultures; Reaching the Unchurched; Developing Your Follow Up Ministry; Marketing & Advertising Your Grand Opening; Avoiding the Pitfall of Unintentional Syncretism; Preparing for Launch Day; Designing Your Worship Services; Preaching In the New Church; The Sunday After & Beyond
TRACK TWO is geared specifically for pastors and missionaries who want to strengthen and revitalize plateaued or struggling churches. Among other things, it will consider foundational issues, the need for intentional discipleship and the opportunities that many have for multi-cultural ministry. This three-and-a-half-day seminar includes 23 hours of classroom instruction and close interaction with experienced teachers and fellow participants.
No matter what your church’s status or what challenges you may be facing, the consideration of the following topics would be tremendously helpful. We will consider:
The Church’s Mission, Vision, Goals & Values; Establishing a Right Ministry Scorecard; Shepherding & Discipling All Your People; Reexamining Our Preaching; Mapping Your Church’s Ministries; Developing a Disciple-Making Culture In Your Church; The Necessity of the Body; What Finances & Documents Reveal; Growing As a Leader; The Fruits of Biblical Discipleship; Understanding the Peoples God Has Placed in Your Community; Becoming Part of Your Community; Creating and Building Leadership; Effective Action Planning as a Leadership Team; Keeping the Evangelism Going; Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution; Worship: The Missing Jewel; Becoming a Multi-cultural Church in a Multi-cultural Community; Closing the Back Door – Membership & Assimilation Ministries; Grafting, Merging & Closing