Church planting training workshops, seminars and conferences are often referred to as “boot camps.” As you may have guessed, this terminology is taken from the military where new recruits are put through intense introductory training. Church planting boot camps are designed to teach and equip the planter in how to be the best possible planter. Boot camps are often intense 3 to 5 days training sessions that include experienced speakers, reading, practical exercises, and discussions. Boot camp is typically attended after assessment. Costs typically range from less than $100 to over $1500. Why is training so important? Consider the following:Planting a church is like building a house. Training IS required! Click To Tweet
The average new construction home in America:
- costs over $200,000 to completion
- takes 9-12 months from conception (idea) to completion (occupancy)
- requires the integration and completion of over 400 individual actions (e.g. framing, insulation, wiring, roofing, etc.) many of which are interrelated and must be completed in a certain order
- requires the coordination of many different contractors and people (vendors/service providers)
Sound familiar? Yes…starting a new church often requires a similar scope of work!
Can you imagine hiring a general contractor with absolutely no home building experience? Most people would never consider it. General contractors typically have years of training and experience. Yet God, in His wisdom, calls most church planters to accomplish a similar scope of work with very little experience (to ensure complete reliance on Him). You need training. You need help. Why fly blind and make mistakes that are avoidable? Bootcamp is a great place to start! Learn from others who’ve already walked in your shoes.
The following is a sample outline of topics covered at a bootcamp (sample taken from EFCA):
Day 1: Preparation for planting
- Orientation: Are you ready for the perfect storm?
- Biblical Preparation: What are your foundations?
- Planter Preparation: What do you have to develop to become an effective planter?
- Emotional Preparation: What is your intentional living plan?
- Apologetics Preparation: Why do you want to plant in this community?
- Prayer Preparation: How will you mobilize spiritual resources for your plant?
Day 2: Turning your dream into a vision
- Your Mission: What business are we in?
- Your Core Values: What hills will you die on?
- Your Context: What is the primary mosaic lifestyle of your ministry area?
- Your Metrics: When will you be successful?
- Your Model: What is your basic design?
- Your Vision: Where is God calling you in the next three years?
Day 3: Six proven gathering strategies
- Oikos Evangelism: How does the gospel spread virally?
- Lay Evangelism: How will you train your people to share their story?
- Servant Evangelism: How will you penetrate your community with the gospel?
- Sneak Previews: How will you use sneak previews to gather a crowd?
- Small Groups: How will you use small groups to grow your core?
- Marketing: How will you create a buzz about your church?
Day 4: Disciple making is the baseline of effective planting
- Process: How will you move people from lost to leader?
- Evangelism: How will you win the lost to membership?
- Discipleship: How will you build believers to maturity?
- Lay Mobilization: How will you equip workers for ministry?
- Leadership: How will you develop leaders for multiplication?
- Reproduction: How will you extend the kingdom beyond your church?
Day 5: Leadership lessons from the trenches
- Growth: How will you manage the changes that come with growth?
- Funding: How will you develop the resources for your dream?
- Leadership: How will you develop a leadership system?
- Worship: How will you keep the front door open?
- Assimilation: How will you keep the back door closed?
- Proposal: How will you put it all together?
Here are a few organizations with solid church planting training programs:
- Passion for Planting (page coming soon)
- Nuts & Bolts
- The Multiply Group
- Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA)
- Association of Related Churches (ARC)
- New Church Initiatives
- Church Multiplication Training Center
- Global Church Advancement