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).
Asbury Seminary's Church Planting InitiativeThe mission of the Church Planting Initiative is to connect, train, and mobilize God's people to plant and ReMission reproducing churches in every context.Learn more about Asbury's Church Planting Initiative.
Sample Cohort Syllabi
|DM910A||Core Course||Habits that Sustain Ministry||2 credit hours|
|DM910B||Core Course||Habits that Sustain Ministry||2 credit hours|
|DM911A||Core Course||Discovering God’s Missional Heart||2 credit hours|
|DM911B||Core Course||Discovering God’s Missional Heart||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)915A||Seminar I||Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)915B||Seminar I||Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)916A||Seminar II||New Church Types & Networks||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)916B||Seminar II||New Church Types & Networks||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)917A||Seminar III||Church Planting Math: From Adding to Multiplying||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)917B||Seminar III||Church Planting Math: From Adding to Multiplying||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)918A||Seminar IV||Missional GPS: Navigation for New Churches||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)918B||Seminar IV||Missional GPS: Navigation for New Churches||2 credit hours|
Winfield Bevins, D.Min. Dr. Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at various seminaries and universities in the United States and England. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a visiting Scholar at the National Institute for Newman Studies, Duquesne University. Having grown up in a free-church background, Winfield eventually found his spiritual home in the Anglican tradition, but freely draws wisdom from all church traditions.
Winfield is the author of several books, including Marks of a Movement: What the Church Today Can Learn from the Wesleyan Revival; and Ever Ancient Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation; Creed: Connect to the Essentials of Historic Christian Faith; Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to Common Prayer; Grow at Home; and Church Planting Revolution. He has published articles in various publications including Liturgy, The Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Asbury Theological Journal, Pneuma Review, The Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and Christianity Today.
As a seasoned practitioner, he has helped plant several churches and has used his experience to train leaders from around the world. He is also a visual artist who enjoys painting iconography, landscapes, and portraits. Over the past decade, he has helped start numerous arts initiatives, including a non-profit art gallery and studio, and an arts program in North Carolina. He and his wife Kay live in Wilmore, Kentucky and have three daughters; Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.
Dr. Bryan Collier is the Founding Pastor and also the Lead Pastor and Ministry Coach at The Orchard in Tupelo, Miss. Prior to planting The Orchard, he served four pastorates in Mississippi and Kentucky. Collier has more than 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry. His interests and expertise include leadership issues, church for the unchurched 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.