Church Planting Training

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This video was shot on the final day of a 2012 Church Planting Essentials training at Salem First Church in Salem, OR.


Church Planting Trainings

Church Planting Essentials - Basic training on starting a new church. 3-day training. Sample schedule.
Churches Planting Churches - How to sponsor a church 101. 3-day training. Sample schedule.
Becoming a Mentor - Trains mentors to coach, shepherd and supervise church planters. 3-day training.
Church Planting Movements - A church planting movement is a fast-growing movement of churches that takes place within a people group or segement of population. This is a training for the equipping of movement leaders. 2-day training.

Training Overview

These trainings were created by Dynamic Church Planting International (DCPI) and adapted for Nazarene use. We have selected this training system over others based on several factors:

  • Low Cost: DCPI gives away the materials for free, and so do we. The standard registration fee for a 3-day training is $35, which covers three lunches and the program notebook.
  • Personalized Plan: Participants spend the trainings clarifying their vision and committing it to paper. Presentations are made at the end of training.
  • Empowers Local Leadership: There are free certification sessions before and after the trainings which certify participants to re-teach the materials. Leaders from different regions or ethnic groups can be certified, and then go back and re-teach the materials in their local setting.
  • Reproducibility: An advantage of empowering local leaders is their ability to spread the training more quickly and thoroughly than a centralized source. More trained church planters means more new churches, which means more people following Jesus.


Most of the trainings include free certification sessions before and afterward, 4 hours each. These sessions teach the DCPI system, give hosting tips, and at the end certify participants to hold their own training event. Certification is crucial to decentralizing our training system, and is highly recommended if you want to raise up church planters in your own community. Sample schedule.

Upcoming Trainings

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Please see the the Event Calendar for upcoming training events in the USA/Canada region.

Past Trainings

- January 2013 Church Planting Training Draws Pastors from Virginia and Alabama

- July 2013 Church Planting Training at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Sample Schedule of Church Planting Essentials -

DAY 1 - Tuesday

  • Welcome/Devotion
  • Biblical Principles of Church Planting
  • Why Plant a Church?
  • The Lord of Church Planting
  • Prayerful Planning
  • Introduction: VPT Vision-Plan-Timeline
  • A Planned Approach to Church Planting
  • Phase One: Macedonia- God to You
  • Leadership Development: A 3-D Approach
  • Open Feedback /Discussion

DAY 2 - Wednesday

  • Devotion/Feedback/Discussion
  • Building a Process of Discipleship
  • Building a Launch Team
  • Phase Two: Ephesus- You to the Team
  • Avoiding Church Planting Landmines
  • How to Create and Use a TimeLine
  • Developing Culturally Relevant Outreach
  • Phase Three: Jerusalem- Team to the Church
  • Open Feedback/Discussion

DAY 3 - Thursday

  • Devotion/Feedback/Discussion
  • Why Plant a Daughter Church?
  • Phase Four: Antioch- Church to the World
  • The DCPI Vision
  • Vision Plan Timeline (VPT) Preparation
  • The Joys of Being a Church Planting Family
  • The Seasons of Church Planting
  • VPT Evaluation Guidelines
  • VPT Presentations
  • Open Feedback /Discussion
  • CPE Evaluations

Sample schedule of Churches Planting Churches -

DAY 1 - Tuesday

  • Twelve Biblical Principles of Church Planting
  • Why Plant Daughter Churches
  • Answering Common Objections for daughtering churches
  • Envisioning what God could do through you and your church
  • Capturing a Leaders Heart
  • How to know when it is time
  • Mistakes to avoid when daughtering a church
  • The Six Steps of Daughter Church Planting
  • Assignment: Your Vision, Involvement and Plan (VIP)

DAY 2 - Wednesday

  • Sharing the Dream of reproducing
  • Stating the Vision
  • Determining the involvement of the Mother Church
  • Recruiting the Leadership Team
  • Gathering the Launch Team
  • Creating your plan

DAY 3 - Thursday

  • Launching the new daughter church
  • Nurturing and Reproducing
  • Maintaining a Healthy Perspective
  • Your Vision, Involvement and Plan presentation (VIP)

Sample Schedule of Certified Trainer sessions -


  • Welcome & Prayer
  • Strategy & DNA
  • Certified Trainer and/or Dynamic Associate
  • Guidelines for Teaching Materials
  • Program Director for Training Events
  • CT Training Evaluation Form
  • Assign Teaching and Program Director
  • CT Planning Time Allocations
  • PowerPoint/Overheads Orientation
  • CT- Vision Goals Strategies Assignment
  • Schedule CT/DA Interviews
  • CT or DA Interviews


  • Welcome & Prayer
  • CT Position Description
  • Learning Principles
  • Use Covenant
  • CT –Statistics
  • Vision Goals Strategies Presentations
  • Present Certificates and CDs
  • Closing Prayer