Multiethnic Church Planting Institute

We are excited to announce our very first fully virtual Church Planting Institute! This training will feature a blend of both on-demand video lectures and live online weekend events to create an optimal learning environment. Each month, participants will engage with online videos and discussion forums with their peers before coming together for a live, virtual event led by world-class scholars and expert practitioners. The Institute will make use of this online-live (synchronous/asynchronous) cycle for each of the seven content modules over the course of seven months. From September 2020 to March 2021.

Due to our generous donors, we are able to offer this institute at a minimal cost to allow as many planters as possible to participate. This training will cost $350, and can be paid in full at registration or in two payments due at the start of the 1st and 4th modules.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to reach out to us at church.planting@asburyseminary.edu.

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Institute Overview

Module #1 – Missional Formation

The first module is designed to help leaders and their teams explore the nuances of missional leadership in multiethnic contexts. Through a thorough survey of the biblical narrative, participants will situate their own sense of call in terms of joining in God’s mission to the world. These missiological foundations will help leaders to articulate the spiritually formative practices necessary for faithful character development, to relate the principles of mission to their own ministry experience, and to enrich the development of a holistic philosophy of leadership within diverse contexts.

Module #2 – Introduction to Multiethnic Church Planting and ReMissioning

This section introduces the theory and practice of planting new contextual churches. Various models and options for church planting will be discussed in conjunction with the students’ resources and gifts as revealed by their assessment results. A plan will be developed to address common obstacles in order to successfully plant new contextual churches.

Module #3 – Understanding Multiethnic Community Contexts

This module teaches students the importance of evaluating the context in which they minister by providing practical tools for understanding people and their values, interests, and practices in their specific area. Students will use their findings to develop specific ways in which they and their community can purposefully live out the gospel in their context.

Module #4 – Developing Models and Strategies for Multiplying Disciples

This unit introduces participants to biblical and practical foundations and tools for developing and multiplying disciples by mobilizing and empowering the laity. This module is designed to introduce participants to a biblically grounded, practical equipping discipleship based on Ephesians 4. Two major paradigm shifts are discussed: 1) from members to disciples; and 2) from solo to team leadership. Practical tools are then discussed to make these shifts.

Module #5 – Prepare and Enrich Relationship Training

Prepare and Enrich is designed to equip marriage champions, couples, and families with evidence-based skills and insights to foster healthy relationships. More than 4,000,000 couples have prepared for marriage or enriched their relationship through taking the Prepare and Enrich assessment and working with a Certified Facilitator. Whether engaged as a married or single person, this assessment tool helps transform relationships.

Module #6 – Adaptive Leadership

This training focuses on the power of a leader’s personal identity combined with the collective identity of the organization to either ossify the status quo or catalyze massive change in the organization. In helping leaders recognize the causes of resistance to change, this content will help them subvert these influences and utilize them to propel them towards their vision.

Module #7 – Engaging the World through Entrepreneurial Strategies

Discover how entrepreneurs are engaging business and mission for marketplace transformation. This seminar discusses both theory and practice by looking at various case studies of entrepreneurial church planters from contemporary culture as well as historical and biblical examples. If you are asking questions about alternative funding approaches for ministry that engage unchurched or dechurched people, then this seminar is for you.