GET TRAINED TO PLANT A CHURCH

12 MONTH CERTIFICATION COHORTS FOR PLANTERS

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.

Matthew tinken

Certificate Student

OUTCOMES FOR LEARNERS

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Deepen Biblical Theology

Our work in planting churches is mutually informed by our reading of God's faithful activity througout scripture.

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Promote Spiritual Formation

The healthiest churches are planted by leaders who have been spiritually formed in the image of Christ.

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Develop Missional Competencies

Moving into a post-Christendom world means church planters need new toolkits to help them adapt to unique contexts.

WHAT YOU GET IN THE COURSE

CONTENT

The Church Planting Certificate Program features 7 interactive online courses. For each course, cohort members complete a workbook for which Fuller staff provides written feedback.

PLATFORM

Each cohort member can log in and track their own progress in the course. As an organization, you can use this scalable platform to train all your planters. Get access to all the course content, facilitator guides, and instructor feedback.

COHORTS

We’ve found planters get the most out of the certification when they move through it as part of a cohort of 9 learners for 12 months.

CERTIFICATE

Once a cohort member completes all of the course workbooks, Fuller will issue a professional church planting certificate.

WE CARE ABOUT YOUR FORMATION AS A LEADER

Having planted churches ourselves, we understand how essential it is to find partners and training in this difficult and yet rewarding season of planting churches. Your vision is sometimes more than you can handle alone, and you often have more questions than answers.

That’s why I love working as Director of the Church Planting Initiative at Fuller, the world’s largest interdenominational seminary with 110 denominations representing 90 countries. As we graduate over 1500 students each year, we have learned that partnering in the formation of leaders is one of the best ways we can join in God’s mission for the world.

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Len Tang

Director of the Fuller Church Planting Initiative

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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.

Course 1

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.

Course 2

HOLISTIC EVANGELISM

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.

Course 3

HOLISTIC EVANGELISM

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.

Course 4

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.

Course 5

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.

Course 6

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.

Final Project

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

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

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.

ENROLLING NOW

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SINGLE ENROLLMENT - $950

Individuals who enroll on their own will join a cohort led by Fuller’s staff. Enrollment closes on October 22nd so cohorts can begin the week of October 25th.

  • 6 Courses on Fuller Equip
  • Final Project
  • Professional Church Planting Certificate
  • Written feedback from Fuller
  • Cohort membership
  • Monthly cohort gatherings for 12 months

MULTIPLE ENROLLMENT - $950*

Organizations and denominations who want to lead their own cohort may enroll 9 at a discount.

  • 6 Courses, Final Project, and cohort learning
  • Written feedback from Fuller
  • Professional Church Planting Certificates

+ Facilitator Guide
+ Cohort leader training

*Purchase at least 9 certificates to get 1 free

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.

JESSE PICKOTT

Certificate Student