Church Planting

The Church Planting course is designed to equip church planters to prepare themselves and their teams for planting. The course will benefit those in the year leading up to their plant. When they start the course, they should have a specific place, a date and clear authority to plant e.g. approval from their Bishop.                         

The course is not so much about theology, which is assumed, and more about the practicalities of planting. At the end of the course, church planters present their planting vision, strategic plan, budget and growth plans to one another and a panel of experienced clergy.

The course follows a learning community pattern where participants learn from each other as much as they learn from the input they are receiving. This cohort of planters continues to support each other after the course in the planting phase and beyond.

Each day begins with breakfast at 9.30am, with the first main session beginning at 10am. There are two main sessions with lunch provided at 1pm. The sessions include taught input from experienced practitioners, book review discussions, video interviews with church planters and practical work on strategic plans and exercises to draw out each planter’s context. Homework will be set to make the most of each session.

The course is led by the Right Revd Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington, who is responsible for the London Diocese goal of creating 100 New Worshiping Communities by 2020. He is also a Tutor in Church Planting at St Mellitus College and former Rector of St Paul’s Shadwell.

This course is part funded by the London Diocese as part of the Capital Vision 2020, to see 100 new worshipping communities created by 2020.

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Topics covered in the course include:

  • Developing a Strategic Plan
  • Researching your context
  • Creative Mission in the Church of England
  • Attractional & Missional Growth
  • Developing Leadership for Sustainability & Growth
  • Finances
  • Charitable Status
  • Communications & Media
  • Buildings & the DAC
  •  Anglican Pioneering Structures

Frequently asked questions

How long is the course?

The course runs each academic term starting in January, May and September.

How much does it cost?

The course costs £300 per church plant leader, with additional team members costing a further £100. This includes speaker fees, coffee, lunch and all course materials.

Where does the course take place?

The course will be held at St Edmund the King, Lombard Street, London EC3V 9EA, 2 minutes walk from Bank or Monument Station.