Whether you have already planted a church, find yourself contemplating a new launch or are experimenting with multi-site congregations, this cohort trains church planters in essential skills and strategies to start healthy, disciple-making congregations. Recognizing that few “church planter boot camps” offer extended reflection and support on the theological, historical, cultural and organizational aspects of this kind of spiritual work, our faculty mentors and coaches help you develop critical perspectives and practices that result in vibrant, reproducing communities. They do so with a commitment to equipping you with missiological, social science and leadership skill sets needed for culturally relevant communities. Participants in this cohort:
- Revisit biblical, theological and missiological foundations for the practice of extending and establishing the church.
- Gain missional awareness on how your calling, capacity, community and context (especially denominational and cultural contexts) can be leveraged for strategic impact.
- Experience immersion in field-based learning, enjoy extended sessions with nationally-recognized church planters, and develop support networks in your own local regions and denominations.
- Receive special emphasis on Wesleyan evangelism, lay mobilization and community formation factors.
- Produce a Ministry Transformation Project (dissertation).
Dr. Winfield Bevins has a passion for equipping others to spread the gospel in their own context. He serves as the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He is also canon for church planting for the Diocese of the Carolinas. As a seasoned practitioner, he has used his experience to train leaders from diverse backgrounds on three different continents. He frequently speaks at conferences, churches, seminaries and retreats on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books, including Plant: A Sower’s Guide to Church Planting and Grow at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Family Discipleship. You can find out more about him at his website winfieldbevins.com.
Dr. Bryan Collier is the Founding Pastor and also the Lead Pastor and Ministry Coach at The Orchard: A United Methodist Congregation in Tupelo, Miss. Prior to planting The Orchard, he served four pastorates in the Mississippi and Kentucky Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church. Collier has more than 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry. His interests and expertise include leadership issues, church for the un-churched and cultural dissection. He is passionate about helping people at all stages of faith grow deep in the love of God and branch out to others with that love.
Dr. Art McPhee was a pastor for 23 years, more than half of them in churches he also planted. He has been a denominational overseer of church planting, a church planter coach, and, since the mid-1990s, a professor of evangelism with a specialization in new church development. Art is the Sundo Kim Professor of Evangelism and Practical Theology at Asbury Seminary. He has both North American and international experience. For the past 18 years, he has taught and conducted research on church growth in Southern Asia.