The Acts 29 US Southeast Church Planter Development School (CPDS) is designed for men with an affinity for Acts 29 whose interest in planting a church is based on an internal calling/conviction and/or external encouragement or commendation. The CPDS is for men who think that the Lord may be calling them to plant a church and/or for men who frequently hear from mature church leaders that they should consider planting a church. To note, the CPDS is not designed for church planters who are already approved to plant or for church planters who are already on the ground in their context. If this describes you, the Acts 29 Southeast Church Planter Cohort is better suited for such candidates.
The CPDS will be a strategic partnership between the Acts 29 US Southeast, the Host Church and other like-minded Churches within driving distance of the Host Church. In 2017, Summit Crossing Community Church (Huntsville, AL) will serve as the Host Church. In 2018, The Church of Eleven 22 (Jacksonville, FL) will also be a Host Church for CPDS. Participants will be members of and servant leaders of like-minded churches in the area. Participants will gather at the Host Church for five intensives throughout 2017. It is our prayer and hope that CPDS participants will grow in gospel character, their passion for Church Planting, and gain clarity on the particular calling and conviction from God upon their lives. We believe that these benefits will come about through an intentional life on life relationship with the Elder(s) of their church, through the peer-to-peer relationships established with other participants, and through the relational training being provided by seasoned leaders of church planting churches.
The “fee” for participants from an Acts 29 member church is $500 and $750 for those who are from non-member churches. While participants will cover their travel costs to the Host Church, all food and housing expenses while at the Host Church are covered in the fee.
CPDS participants will meet for five intensives in 2017. Among other things, participants will be trained in these “Sequential Ingredients” for effective Church Planting: Kingdom Prayer, Ongoing Renewal, Discipleship Framework, Gospel Communities, Network Evangelism, Mercy & Justice, Contextualized Worship, Gospel-Centered Preaching, Members & Money, Elders & Shepherding. Participants may have reading assignments prior to each intensive and will always have assignments, after each intensive, to process with the elder(s) of their church who are overseeing them.
The CPDS Intensives at Summit Crossing Community Church in Huntsville, AL will be from 3:00 PM Sunday to 1:00 PM Monday on the following dates: February 5-6, April 2-3, June 4-5, September 11-12 and November 6-7.
The CPDS Intensives at The Church of Eleven22 in Jacksonville, FL will be determined in the near future.
Participants of the Acts 29 Church Planter Development School…
- must have the evidence of evangelistic and discipleship fruit in their story and recent past
- must be a member in good standing and a servant leader at a gospel-centered, mission-minded church
- must have the endorsement of the elder team at their home church as a “potential planter”
- must be under the direct oversight of the elder team particularly in regards to growth in gospel character
- must at least have a “View” of the Elder Team and their Ministry (in the “View, Voice, Vote” Paradigm)
- must live within a three hour drive of the host church
- must have flexibility with their current job that allows them to attend all five intensive