"I’m not convinced that you can truly train church planters from a distance or from a textbook. Like the apostle Paul’s, face-to-face, boots on the ground, get your hands dirty kind of training is what I’ve always done. Paul took planters-in-training with him, and believed in the incarnational impartation of certain gifts. Therefore, in 2 Corinthians Paul said, “I long to come to you that I may impart some spiritual gift to strengthen you.” Some things just can’t be learned from afar, but are more caught than taught." - Peyton Jones, New Breed Network Founder
Ben Franklin is credited as saying “Tell me and I forget, teach me something and I may remember, involve me and I will learn.” For this reason, we incorporate the best practices from adult learning theory and utilize an understanding of how God created our brains in order to understand how people learn.
Each semester of your training is broken down into three modules consisting of 24 weeks total. Modules in City Wide are reverse-engineered from the top reasons that planters quit, containing four topical lessons, and followed by practical field training days, so you can take what you learn and put it into practice.
- Module 1: Foundations of Biblical Church Planting
- Module 2: Calling, Character, and Gifting of a Planter
- Module 3: Supporting and Sustaining the Mission
- Module 4: Burden, Contextualization, and Forms
- Module 5: Missional Engagement
- Module 6: Discipleship and Multiplication
Every other week students will be engaged on Field Training Practicums where they learn hands-on planting from missional practitioners on the ground.