It’s truly a gift to get to journey with others at different stages towards seeing a church birthed in their particular context. As I learn and work toward planting a healthy church, I also get to learn how many diverse and unique ways there are to go about it.
OUTCOMES FOR LEARNERS
Deepen Biblical Theology
Our work in planting churches is mutually informed by our reading of God's faithful activity througout scripture.
Promote Spiritual Formation
The healthiest churches are planted by leaders who have been spiritually formed in the image of Christ.
Develop Missional Competencies
Moving into a post-Christendom world means church planters need new toolkits to help them adapt to unique contexts.
GET EXPERT CONTENT
Each part of the Church Planting Professional Certificate has been designed by church planting experts to produce positive outcomes. Below are each of the courses that compose the certificate content as well as the learning outcomes associated with each.
JOINING GOD'S MISSION
Define Missio Dei and center the work of church planting within its larger biblical and historical perspective.
Develop a missional lens for interpreting the whole of Scripture and apply it to your own reading of the Bible.
Identify places in your context in which God is already at work and how your church plant can join in.
Write or revise a set of mission, vision, and values statements that reflect your team’s biblical and contextual understanding.
Define holistic evangelism as an understanding of how the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus leads to the renewal of all of creation, including salvation and justice.
Recognize evangelism as the intersection of God’s story, our own story, and the story of the people you hope to reach.
Develop a contextualized plan that equips your church plant to proclaim, demonstrate, and invite people to respond to the gospel.
Evaluate the fertility of the church plant based on effectively identifying, developing, and sending fruitful leaders to reproduce churches.
Identify potential areas of personal spiritual malnourishment and the consequences that arise from ignoring spiritual wellbeing.
Assess the current state of your own spiritual formation.
Define missional spirituality and compare it to a traditional spirituality.
Develop a personalized set of practices (called a Rule of Life) to grow in faith and formation with the Holy Spirit.
DISCIPLING YOUR PLANTING TEAM
Identify potential launch team members and develop criteria to select them.
Recognize the typical developmental stages and conflicts that launch teams face.
Analyze biblical examples of leadership teams that are empowered, diverse, and missional.
Develop a plan of shared missional practices to disciple the leadership team.
REACHING YOUR CITY
Articulate the benefits and importance of identifying the cultural contexts of your church plant and people you desire to reach.
List the defining aspects of a city’s context and collect the information for your city.
Identify the cultural rhythms and sensibilities of your particular community and develop a contextualization plan to navigate it as an insider.
5 SEASONS OF A CHURCH PLANT
Identify the unique leadership dynamics of each of the five seasons of a church plant.
Develop a holistic picture of the people group God is calling you to serve, and clarify the mission, vision, and values statements, and tagline of your church based on that information.
Develop a plan to use adaptive leadership in pivoting the church plant’s strategy based on your context.
Select a church planting model that fits the mission, vision, values, and cultural context of your church plant, and acquire the funds to start the church.
DEVELOPING A CHURCH PLANTING PLAN
In this final course you will synthesize the prior six courses into a cohesive church planting plan.
The prospectus serves as
...a statement of vision, values, and goals, along with an initial strategy, timeline, and budget for achieving the vision,
...a compass for your team to help you stay on track,
...a marketing tool for potential donors to get to know more about your church, and
...a document that allows your denominational leaders or sending church to stay updated on your church.
Upon Completion of All Material
Upon completing all workbooks and the final project, learners will receive a digital and physical copy of their well-deserved professional church planting certificate from Fuller Seminary.
This certificate acknowledges that the certificate holder possesses the formation, training, experience and preparation to start a missional church anywhere in the world.
All OF OUR COHORTS ARE FULL
Thank you for your interest in Fuller's Professional Church Planting Certificate. Unfortunately, all of our cohort spots have been filled until further notice. Fill out the form below to inquire about starting your own cohort or to get on the waiting list for the next open spot.
Having the safe space of a cohort to process the course content and to learn from each individual’s unique Kingdom work is proving invaluable.