Church Planting

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).
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Cohort Syllabi

DMCPC915A Seminar I Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters
DMCPC915B Seminar I  Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters
DMCPC916A Seminar II New Church Types and Networks
DMCPC916B Seminar II  New Church Types and Networks
DMCPC917 Seminar III Church Planting Math: From Adding to Multiplying
DMCPC918 Seminar IV Missional GPS: Navigation for New Churches



Dr. Winfield Bevins is Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary. He has a passion to equip others for missional engagement in a post-Christian context. As a seasoned practitioner, he has helped plant churches and has been instrumental in launching several church planting networks. He has trained leaders from around the world and frequently speaks at conferences, churches, and seminaries on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books including Church Planting Revolution and Marks of a Movement. You can find out more about him at his website,

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.

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