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We want to give all possible support and training to our church planters. To that end, we ask each church planter, who is involved in our network, to join us for one day per month for training. Each month, we cover one critical church planting topic.

This material was produced by Redeemer City to City in New York City and is used by permission.


Module 1

Gospel Theology: Understanding the Gospel

This module focuses on understanding how the work of Jesus Christ changes everything we are and do, as individuals, as a community, and as ministers of God’s grace. It is the message of redemption that we always preach as well as the dynamic that causes on-going redemption in our lives and communities.

Competency Outcomes:

Exhibits a grasp of the Gospel of grace as a ‘dynamic’ in life, not just having sins forgiven

Can articulate the broad scope of the Gospel as it relates to life and ministry

Able to describe the “two thieves" of the Gospel and which he/she tends toward

Can describe the difference between the Gospel and a moralism or self-esteem approach to personal growth

Grasps how the gospel affects the what, as well as the how of doing ministry

Has a strong sense of call to church planting in the city (dealt with in application process)

Module 2

Personal Life of the Leader

The effective leader knows how to do self-leadership and self-care before they lead others. This module focuses on the character of the leader as well as knowing your unique leadership style so you can manage yourself and others in order to more-effectively engage in the work of the kingdom.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Exhibits a bias toward action, consistently executing evangelistic, cultural and ministry plans.
  • Constantly assesses the environment, sees needs, learns from failure, and gets the new information, skill set, resource or personnel that the job requires. (Though ‘Learning agility’ cannot be trained into a person, we can encourage the development of some skills that help the planter to be a more agile learner)
  • Knows the unique temptations of a leader and embodies a servant-model of leadership that encompasses the role of suffering, spiritual conflict, authority, humility and love in the leader’s life (Gospel-based leadership)

Module 3

Culture and Contextualization

This module focuses on understanding the unique postmodern, urban context in which we live and how that understanding can help us communicate and develop ministry forms which are meaningful to the people we are reaching. Far from capitulating to culture or watering down the Gospel, contextualization aims to make Christ alive and dynamic in the given situation where you are planting your church.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Has a positive view of culture and is eager to engage, and train others to engage, with the ideas and people who form culture
  • Can employ ethnographic research skills and data to discern the values and key understandings of a given people and to determine the needs which the ministry of the church should address
  • Can contextualize ministry forms (preaching, spiritual formation programs) and approaches (POM, evangelism, mercy ministry) in such a way that Christ comes alive in that culture
  • Given an issue, is able to ‘do theology’ in such a way that allows God’s word to speak to a specific culture
  • Is growing personally as a ‘contextualizer’ of the gospel (being challenged by his own cultural bias/blindness and growing in love and understanding of his context, thus applying the gospel to it in new ways

Module 4

Evangelistic Networking

This module aims to help learners develop the skill of consistently and winsomely presenting Christ to others in a host of new situations, so that communicating Christ becomes an integral part of the culture of the new church. Emphasis is placed on developing networks of relationships and encouraging a culture of hospitality in the new church as well as how to think of evangelistic events, process evangelism and the training of others in your church.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Experiences increasing wonder in the all-sufficiency of the Gospel for every need
  • Exhibits consistency, creativity and winsomeness in regular, personal evangelism
  • Knows how to ‘network’ evangelistically and use relational pathways
  • Is able to engage the church in evangelistic endeavors (relationships, events, etc.) so that the church develops a missional culture

Module 5

Missional Ecclesiology

Teaching that helps participants understand the unique characteristics of the city and of urban ministry and helps them develop a balanced, missional culture in their church so that the good news of Jesus is expressed in every element of church life and reaches out in holistic ministry.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Has a theologically driven vision for the church and city. (Church Planting Movements and a redemptive/historical theology of the city)
  • Develops a strategic model (Philosophy of ministry) of the church with ‘outward-faced’ and ‘balanced’ ministries

Module 6

Grace Renewal: Experiencing the Gospel

It’s not enough just to understand the gospel; we need to be constantly experiencing the renewing work of Jesus Christ, making us new and sending us as people in his redemptive mission.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Continues to grow in personal transparency as well as gospel renewal in his own life
  • Able to explain the role of idols and can identify his own tendency toward idolatry
  • Practices a lifestyle of repentance and faith, growing confidence and joy in Christ
  • Is able to lead others into a discovery of both their idolatry and what Gospel repentance looks like
  • Also: Understands how to use the CLI to develop personal learning motivation and objectives

Module 7

Discipleship-Leadership Development

(Product due: Your Philosophy of Ministry)
Learners will develop skill in understanding how people change as well as how to develop programs for spiritual formation and leadership development. They will jointly participate in actually developing one program of leader formation that they can use.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Has a developmental approach to how people change (gospel and educational principles)
  • Models a robust, holistic spirituality of gospel truth, deep, inclusive relationship and a bias toward ministry to others. He practices and leads in the disciplines of grace that promote corporate renewal
  • Able to design ministry that spiritually ‘forms’ Christians in community as people in mission (i.e., discipleship. See Kaufmann, ‘Disciple-making plan’)
  • Understands how to deal with the unique hindrances (pathologies) to spiritual growth, renewal, engagement with others and in mission
  • Is embracing the ways he has been wounded and how he tends to wound others, enabling him to work relationally in all pastoral work (discipling, counseling, relating to staff, making decisions, handling conflict, etc.) This effectively deals with “Stallers and stoppers” in the CLI/CLSI)
  • Is able to capitalize on these spiritual formation efforts in order to recruit, train, deploy and care for new leaders into new and existing ministries

Module 8

Kingdom-Centered Prayer

(Product due: Your Action Plan)
The heart of the ministry of Christ’s kingdom is prayer. Since the Holy Spirit is the indispensible agent of any true ministry, the church is called to express its life, and do its work, through the agency of prayer. Through prayer the gospel renews us, we learn more deeply of God’s priorities and we receive new empowerment for what he is sending us to do. These kingdom concerns are reflected in the model prayer of Jesus.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Exhibits a passionate prayer life, both personally and corporately and trains others in kingdom prayer
  • In his leadership, knows how to bring prayer to bear on strategic ministry initiatives
  • Can develop a workable Action plan that is realistic, comprehensive, and contextualize

Year Two

Module 9

Leading the Church with the Right People

(Product due: Your Disciple-Leader Development Plan)
The effective church planter knows they cannot plant a church by themselves. Instead, they become leaders and pastors of gifted Christians who do the work of ministry. Thus it’s important for church planters to know how to assess people’s strengths and weaknesses and how to develop systems of relational training that guide people to their place of most effective ministry.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Is able to read people, knowing their strengths, weaknesses, alignment to the vision, openness and loyalty
  • Is able to design and implement an effective leadership training program that shares the values of Multiply (Gospel centered, Spirit led, mission focused, relational, transformational) and provides the church with the leaders that it needs
  • Knows how to recruit the right people and direct them effectively so that they are growing in their personal lives and productive in ministry

Module 10

Leading the Church Through Others

Effective church planters know the value of ministry teams. This module addresses the specific skill set of recruiting, developing and directing teams that build the church and that reach out in service and evangelism.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Effectively builds, leads systems which care for, develop, and deploy people in ministry teams and small groups; knows how to develop ‘organic’ or relational systems
  • Gathers and Assimilates diverse people into the life of the church, making sure there are clear avenues for them to make significant contributions to the church
  • Is adept at giving constructive, clear feedback and timely evaluation

Module 11

Gospel Preaching: Finding and Proclaiming Christ (1st of 2 Modules)

This hands-on preaching practicum aids participants in finding Christ in every text of Scripture and in developing the confidence that beholding Christ in the gospel is what transforms us. Participants analyze model sermons, as well as their own, and practice constructing gospel-based sermons that make Christ the resolution of our problems and communicates to urban and skeptical listeners.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Has a gospel understanding of the Scripture and can preach about many issues from many texts by showing Christ and not resorting to moralism, shaming, or passive antinomianism (theological content)
  • Is able to bring people face to face with Christ. In confronting, comforting, encouraging, or challenging, the gospel is always the dynamic in how people change (how people change)
  • Makes the gospel ‘fascinating’ with context-sensitive passion, argument, transparency, scholarship and application (sermon construction)

Module 12

Gospel Preaching: Applying Christ to the Heart (2nd of 2 Modules)

This module is a hands-on practicum which helps learners develop the skill of ‘applying Christ’ to listeners’ hearts and minds so that they change in a biblical way, instead of through resorting to moralistic or ‘feel-good’ applications of Scripture.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Able to explain the difference between preaching from a moralistic paradigm and a biblical one
  • Is able to bring people face to face with Christ. In confronting, comforting, encouraging, or challenging, the gospel is always the dynamic in how people change
  • Makes the gospel ‘fascinating’ with context-sensitive passion, argument, transparency, scholarship and application (sermon construction)
  • Is a competent, engaging communicator. You are easy to listen to and you engage with an audience (mechanics of speaking)

Module 13

Leading the Church Through Difficulty

In this module, church planters practice how to understand conflict and differences of opinion and how to bring truthful and powerful communication skills to the people they work with. Time is given to practicing how to have a gracious and wise ‘difficult conversations’ with a person who needs correction.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Graciously engages in conflict resolution and church discipline without avoidance or blame shifting and teaches others to do the same
  • Able to develop a culture of gracious conflict resolution in the church and community that trains people how to engage the pain and wrong in personal and community areas and bring shalom

Module 14

Corporate Renewal Dynamics

Every few years we recognize our need for renewal: physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually. But we learn that we need more than personal renewal. We need it corporately as well. This module equips participants in the continuous spiritual renewal of their congregation by understanding the theology and relational dynamics of renewal, as well as the practical ministry issues involved in effectively bring renewal into the life of the congregation.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Able to explain how the gospel fuels individual and corporate renewal
  • Values living in honesty and transparency, makes choices that reveal his knowledge of his deep need for others in worship, personal change, ‘re-creative’ fun and effective ministry to the world
  • Is able to develop and lead efforts/plans/programs that lead the church into renewal

Module 15

Leading Your Church to the Next Level

This module helps learners focus on the obstacles and opportunities for the growth of the church to the next level of ministry fruitfulness.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Recognizes and understands the causes of missional barriers in the church
  • Knows how to develop strategies to grow strategic ministries and systems
  • Has a healthy view of church growth (neither idolatrous nor passive) and is active in pursuing outward-directed and balanced ministries

Module 16

Leadership Through the Organization

This module helps learners develop the skills and understanding to manage vision and purpose in a growing church so that it keeps focused on what it’s supposed to be and do and achieves long-term fruitfulness.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Able to manage the vision and purpose of the church so that the church consistently engages with its call
  • Maintains alignment of all programs and leaders to the vision. Leads through the vision
  • Develops ministries ‘in balance’: evangelism and worship, community formation, justice and mercy, and faith and work in such a way that the Kingdom impacts the city
  • Casts vision in a way that invites many to participate. Practices the art of persuasion

Final Celebration Banquet

Where Do You Go From Here? (2 Months After Training)

This banquet is where church planters not only celebrate what God has done in the past 2 years in their churches, communities and personal lives, it also is a time where they bring several key leaders who can experience what God has been doing around the city. At the end of the evening, each church is encouraged to share what goals they have in participating in the work of the kingdom in the city.

Competency Outcomes:
  • Celebrating where you are now and what God has done in and through your new church in these past two years
  • Eliciting commitment for where you go from here: your next church plant, developing the movement, life-long learning, peer learning group
  • Your specific role in the Global Cities movement (training, writing, mentoring, vision casting, resourcing others)


Please email to let us know you are interested in participating in one of these church-planting schools.