Training for Church Planters

We recognize every church planter is on a unique journey, filled with new discoveries. We want every church planter to feel fully prepared for their planting adventure. Below are several training options to pursue.

Exponential | Learning Conference

Exponential Conference is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. Over the past several years, Exponential has also served as a vision stimulator and community builder for the Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church, as we dream and strategize about the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth.

Bring your church multiplication team and dream with thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement, and equipping at Exponential. The conference will feature 175+ speakers, 125+ workshops, 9+ tracks, and 5,000 church planting leaders.

For detailed information and group registration click HERE.


Essentials | Pre-Launch Training

Essentials is a principle-based pre-launch equipping experience for church planters and spouses. The Essentials environment is designed to provide you with practical training for any planting model and productive peer resourcing. By the end of the event, you will:

  • See the big picture of church planting
  • Learn how to remain rooted in Christ while planting
  • Hear God’s unique direction for your church
  • Discover how to properly exegete your community
  • Refine your church mission, vision, and values
  • Learn how to recruit people on to your launch team
  • Develop an effective launch strategy
  • Learn how to avoid the major church planting landmines
  • Discover how to raise funds
  • Find access to numerous resources/templates to use in your church plant
  • Be inspired to not just plant one church, but start a church planting movement

When is Essentials scheduled? 

Upcoming Scheduled Dates:

South Dakota – January 18-19, 2019

North Carolina East – May 13-14, 2019

How much does Essentials cost? 

The cost of Essentials is $100 per planter or planting couple.

How do I register our team?

To register for an upcoming Essentials, click HERE or for more information email Aimee Pratt.

Can a church, network, or district offer this training? 

Absolutely! If you have a group of 15 or more we’d love to bring Essentials to you with one of our experienced trainers. We can work closely with your vision and customize your Essentials experience to fit your needs. Contact Jesse Pratt to schedule and coordinate your event.

Project Manager | Pre-Launch Strategy

The CMC has a partnership with Stadia, a church planting organization, that specializes in project management. Through our partnership, this service is entirely FREE for our Wesleyan church planters, who desire to launch large and become a growing missional body of believers (typically 150+ people).

Every planter wants to see God’s vision for their new church become a reality. The Stadia project management team comes alongside the church planter and works to develop a project task list, via a project management tool, to take the new church from where it is today to that desired result.

Each church plant typically has a few hundred tasks that must be accomplished in order to reach the vision. It requires attention to detail. Entrepreneurial visionaries, which most church planters are, do not excel at the details. Stadia provides help.

Every Stadia church gets a trained and experienced project manager to serve the planter administratively and to accomplish many of the tasks. This frees the planter to build teams and rally people around vision, not government paperwork and databases.

Church leaders can be confident that skilled and experienced project managers will merge best practices with your vision to design and implement a thorough and effective plan.

How do I connect with a project manager?  

Your first step is to email our CMC administrator, Carolyn Little. Carolyn will provide you with the details and introduce you to Stadia’s Project Management team.

Fund-Raising | Pre-Launch Training

The CMC has a partnership with Stadia, a church planting organization, that specializes in fund-raising training. Through our partnership, this service is entirely FREE for our Wesleyan church planters, who desire to launch a larger church and become a growing missional body of believers (typically 150+ people). 

Stadia’s Planter Fundraising Intensive is a three-month experience on the crucial topic of fundraising early in the life of a new church’s development. The Fund-Raising Intensive will be offered seven times a year. The planter will engage with a project manager for the development of an initial three-year planting budget and cashflow projection. They will receive focused training on the critical factors of fundraising. They will work with a fundraising coach one-on-one and in facilitated huddles with other planters to discuss tactics, overcome obstacles and practice their fundraising skills.

How do I connect with Stadia’s fund-raising training?  

Your first step is to email our CMC administrator, Carolyn Little. Carolyn will provide you with the intensive details and introduce you to Stadia’s fund-raising team. 

Cultivate | 9-Month Online Course

Cultivate is a unique 9-month curriculum designed to help you develop the habits and skills essential to plant and grow a new church that reaches your culture. Cultivate was developed by successful church planters who have seen thousands of people find faith, grow in Christ, and become leaders of the church. Cultivate combines expert content, guided real-world experiences, and transforming relationships to help you develop a contextual strategy specifically for your culture. Cultivate was designed for the contemporary church planter seeking to reach our global, post-Christian world. Cultivate will help you start a new church that will grow by conversion growth rather than just transfer growth. 

What does Cultivate deliver?

– Expert content by renowned authors and experienced church planters delivered anywhere through online video and readings.

– 60 online exercises designed to catalyze you into the real-world experiences necessary to develop the knowledge, character, and skills of a successful church planter.

– Relationships with a coach, champion, and other like-minded church planters to guide and support you in this courageous kingdom venture.

– University or Seminary credit may be available for qualified candidates. Contact Ed Love for more information.

Who are the Cultivate Coaches?

The Church Multiplication Collective of The Wesleyan Church will connect you with a coach within our Wesleyan tribe. All coaches are certified through Cultivate’s Coach Training and are experienced in the field of church planting. After you register, you will select your coach. If you are unsure who is the best coach for you or if you need further information on the coaching process, contact Aimee Pratt

When is the best time to use Cultivate?

The best time to use cultivate is after you have gone through the Church Planters Assessment Center and before you plant. Cultivate is a great solution for churches desiring to create a church planter residency experience.

What does Cultivate cost? 

There are two parts to the Cultivate cost:

1. The Cultivate Training online platform is $250.

2. The Coaching fees are $1,000. Note: Some Church Planting Residencies or Districts may help cover the cost of coaching fees for qualified candidates. 

How do I sign up?

To register and pay for the online platform click HERE

For questions, email Aimee Pratt

Church Planter Residency

A church planting residency is an intensive 1 year immersion program designed to prepare a church planter to effectively launch a new life-giving church. Residents will be given hands on ministry opportunities along with prepatory coaching and training established by sending church pastors. For more information go HERE.

Campus Pastor Training

Through the Church Multiplication Collective’s unique partnership with, we are excited to provide you 25% off of the Essential Campus Pastoring course.

Within this course, you’ll find a research-based and practitioner-tested scope and sequence to develop future campus pastors or train existing ones for your multisite church. Essential Campus Pastoring will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and training to to train campus pastors that get your DNA.

These 18 modules are designed to help you:

  • Understand the unique role of a campus pastor
  • Navigate the tension between what can be standardized versus contextualized
  • How to lead up, down, and across
  • Know what to do when you disagree with the “main” campus
  • Communicate effectively as a campus pastor

This course includes 18 enhanced modules, 8 hours of HD video, and 80+ handouts. And it’s all yours to keep and revisit for as long as you need it.

 The first three modules are FREE. So if you like what you see, then you’ll love the additional depth and insight in the remaining 15 modules. The entire course is $298 (with the CMC discount). 

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Expressions | Specialization Training

Are you looking for training in a specific model of church planting?

We recognize the need for all kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. Many church planting models require specific training. Within Expressions, we have provided additional online training videos, resourcing, and networking opportunities for these specific models: 

Urban Church Planting

Small Town Church Planting

Large Launch Strategy

BLOOM | Women in Church Planting

Through the CMC’s partnership with Stadia, a church planting organization, we have unique access to BLOOM, a network that exists to empower women in church planting to maximize their role in starting churches.

Whether you are a church planter’s spouse, staff leader, or lead church planter, BLOOM has a place for you to connect, find encouragement, and expose you to learning opportunities that will enrich your soul. 

To find out more about the various options within BLOOM, click HERE

Bookkeeper and Accounting Services

The CMC has a partnership with Stadia, a church planting organization, that specializes in bookkeeping and accounting services. Through our partnership, this service is entirely FREE for our Wesleyan church planters, who desire to launch large and become a growing missional body of believers (typically 150+ people). 

Stadia bookkeepers work alongside you in financial matters, so you can focus on reaching your community with the hope of Jesus. Stadia’s team is made up of highly qualified bookkeeping professionals who value the mission of the local church.

The bookkeeper and accounting services include: 

  • Donor Management
  • Bank Reconciliation 
  • Startup Document Preparation 
  • Bank Account and Check Signers 
  • Budget and Cash Flow 
  • Church Payroll 
  • Accounts Payable 
  • Financial Reporting and Record Keeping 

Note: There are a few financial software/subscriptions that will require fees. Stadia’s bookkeeping service will be free the first year; the second year it will be 50%; and the third year will be 100%. The % is prorated according to the size of the church budget. The church is not locked in to Stadia’s services and can depart at any time; however, many churches found the relationship to be life-giving and continue using their services. 

How do I connect with Stadia’s bookkeepers?  

Your first step is to email our CMC administrator, Carolyn Little. Carolyn will provide you with the details and introduce you to Stadia’s bookkeeping and accounting team. 

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