What Church Planters Need

Church Planters Boot Camp

The Titus Institute offers intensive training in the key principles and practices utilized by successful church planters.  These training opportunities are presented in a four-day “boot camp.”

Planters are encouraged to include key members of their launch teams in order to provide a common conceptual framework for the work they are undertaking.  Instruction in the core concepts is interspersed with Team Exercises to allow planters and teams to ‘flesh out’ how the principles will be translated into their setting.

The church planting teams leave the training with:

  • A draft ‘Launch Plan’ for their new church in which they have defined the major elements of their ministry;
  • Key strategies fleshed out;
  • Accomplishable major milestones identified; and
  • An initial time line to follow.

The core concepts taught during this course become the foundation upon which the work will be built, and are constantly reinforced during the follow-up coaching relationship.

Accredited seminary courses at the masters and doctoral levels are also offered in partnership with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Executive Director, Tom Herrick, is the adjunct faculty member for church planting and teaches courses each year at the main campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Complete descriptions are available for all of these courses and degree programs on this site as well as the Gordon-Conwell web site.

Training is also available in a weekend-workshop format. These sessions are more introductory in nature, and are designed to give leaders an overview of the process of planting new churches, critical milestones to be achieved, and serious mistakes to avoid that can sabotage the effort.

For larger groups, Contextualized Boot Camps and Weekend Workshops can also be presented on-site, at your preferred location.

For more information about the Boot Camps, email Jenni Bartling.

Coaching 101

Coach training gives church planters the tools they need to come alongside their leaders, and help them to discover what God wants to do in their ministries. Just imagine–what will the Church look like when its leaders discover what God is calling them to do, and then do it?

Coaching raises the effectiveness of clergy and other leaders in their investment in others, and accelerates the goal-reaching process. Incorporate its skills into your personal and lay leadership development, and imagine the impact coaching could have on your congregation and community.

Coaching 101 participants dig deep into the coaching process, explore techniques for asking powerful questions, practice being an active listener, and leave prepared to coach others at a basic, and effective, level.

Here is what leaders have said about coaching’s impact on their ministries:

“Coaching has been the single most helpful thing for me in ministry in the past two years.  [My coach] helps me to ask questions and to seek answers about the ‘big picture’ of my ministry that I do not talk about regularly with church leaders.  Our time together has truly propelled me in ministry.”

“Coaching gives me an objective person to bounce ideas off.  It helps to think through ideas more thoroughly, which results in creating more coherent and strategic action plans for successful implementation. “

“One of the greatest challenges in ministry is staying focused in the face of distractions and competing expectations. Coaching has helped me to name and own the vision, and focus my energy and time on the important in the face of the urgent.  It has also helped me to use my creativity much more effectively in that process.”

This workshop is open to anyone interested in developing coaching skills, but is a prerequisite for Titus’ Coach Certification candidates.

Questions can be directed to Titus Managing Director Jenni Bartling by emailing jenni@tituschurchplanting.org.



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