Are you ready to start a church?

A still small voice keeps telling you, “Start a new church.” You’ve tried ignoring it, resisting, even arguing with it, but it won’t go away. You’re convinced you must plant a new church.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Cultivate is a unique 9-month curriculum designed to help you develop the habits and skills essential to plant and grow a new, asUR church that reaches your culture.

Cultivate was developed by successful church planters who have seen thousands of people find faith, grow, 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 designed for your culture.

Cultivate was designed for the contemporary church planter seeking to reach our global, post-Christian world. After assessing over 15,000 church planters through our Church Planter Profiles© , we discovered the shocking reality that most church planters are not equipped to reach their culture. Cultivate will help you start a new church that will grow by conversion growth rather than just transfer growth.

  • Expert content by renowned authors and experienced church planters delivered anywhere, anytime 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.
  • 9 hours of Masters-level (M.A. or M.Div.) seminary credit available through Bethel Seminary

HOW WILL WE PREPARE YOU?

Church Planter Cultivate prepares you to start a new church through expert content through videos of successful church planters. Through a series of inspiring learning challenges, you will develop habits and skills essential to effectively start a new church, and create a contextual strategy to reach your community through church planting.
It’s highly relational, highly experiential learning delivered through an easy to use online system.
Each experience challenges you to:

  • Ask the right questions to guide your thoughts and actions.
  • Act out new skills in real kingdom building activities.
  • Reflect on every experience to develop lasting leadership principles.
  • Relate with a coach and a peer for accountability and inspiration.
The experiences have been designed to build a solid foundation on four themes:

  • Calling: What has God called me to do?
  • Context: Who has God called me to reach?
  • Clarity: What kind of church will we create?
  • Core: Who will start this church with me?
The experiences then take leaders through a reproducible process for starting a new church:

  • Build Relationships: How will we connect with the people God has called us to reach?
  • Create Community: How will we invite those far away from God, into community?
  • Serve Your Neighbors: How will we meet the physical and spiritual needs of our city?
  • Lead People to Faith: How will we lead people into life-changing relationships with Jesus?
  • Help Them Grow: How will we help people become reproducing disciples of Jesus?
  • Develop Leaders: How will we develop leaders to multiply groups, ministries and churches?
  • Gather to Grow: How will we create catalytic gatherings to accelerate growth?
Church planting can be both challenging and lonely without the right people around you. Cultivate will help you develop relationships with mentors and peers to walk you through your equipping and support you while you plant your church.
A personal Coach will guide you through the 60 experiences. You and your coach will meet or touch base twice a month to discuss progress and lessons learned. We can assign you a coach, or your denomination or church may provide a certified coach.
You will be asked to choose a Champion to meet once or twice a month throughout your journey to hold you accountable, be a good listener, and provide affirmation and feedback.
Cultivate can also connect you to other like-minded church planters through Gateway Leadership Initiative’s yearly AsUR Gathering, providing an invaluable, on-going support system.
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IN SEMINARY? WE’RE ACCREDITED!

We’ve partnered with Bethel Seminary to give you nine course credit hours to count towards your seminary degree. If church planting is your end goal, this is a great way to knock them both out at once.
When you take Cultivate for seminary credit, the difference is in the coaching. Instead of meeting twice a month, you and your coach will meet every week for a more guided learning experience.

MEET OUR COACHES

Past planting experience: 3 Church Plants (all currently existing and doing well):

  • The Cove Church, Mooresville, NC
  • Symphonic Church, Norfolk, VA
  • Verve Church, Las Vegas, NV
  • Led Church Planting Division at a Church Consulting Firm, Chicago, IL

 

Role: Have served in a variety of roles from Singles Pastor, Student Pastor, Senior Pastor/Church Planter, and Church Planting/Church Strategist.

 

Church size: The churches I have served in or have been a part of planting range in size from 300 to 5,000.

 

Church demographic profile: Have had success in both suburban and urban solution bases. Target range of 20-40 year olds.

 

Church culture: All churches I have served with and started have been “come-as-you-are.”

 

Missional strategy: Engage and Influence the culture, lead people to Christ and make more and better disciples.

 

Church location:

Mooresville, NC

Norfolk, VA

Las Vegas, NV

Austin, TX

 

Top Coaching strengths:

  1. Strategy
  2. Developing Core
  3. Engaging the Culture
  4. Fundraising
Past planting experience: Church Planting Director at West Evangelical Free Church, Executive Pastor of Staff and Church Planting. Have coached over 20 church planters toward launch.

Role: Executive Pastor

Church size: 600

Church demographic profile: Suburban, young families

Church culture: Come as you are, disciple-making culture.

Missional strategy: Planting churches, relational evangelism.

Church location: Wichita, KS

Top Coaching strengths:
1. Project management
2. Tactical leadership

Past planting experience: Jesus Was Homeless & Gateway Branson

Role: Executive Director & Campus
Pastor

Church size: 150-200

Church demographic profile: Impoverished, working poor, rough area of Branson, 30-50 years old

Church culture: “come as you are”

Missional strategy: To create a church for un-churched people, those far from God and those that have been burned by church that they will love to attend.

Church location: Branson, Missouri

Top three Coaching strengths:
1.Outreach
2.Reaching the poor
3.Raising a church out of culture

Past Planting Experience: Planted Mercy Road Church less than 4 years ago

Role: Lead Pastor

Church size: 500+

Church demographic profile: Diverse church – started with mostly un-churched 20-35 year olds…grown into a racially, socioeconomically, and age diverse church

Church culture: We follow Jesus UP, IN, and OUT – emphasizing worship services, discipleship huddles, and communities of mission (outposts)

Church location: Indianapolis, IN

Top three coaching strengths:
1. Plant out of the culture with un-churched people
2. Generosity (given away 20% of budget outside the walls each year + raised $700,000+ for long-term facility)
3. Reaching millennials and young families

Past planting experience: 18+ years of pastoral ministry. Seven years in two Church Plants.

Role: Lead planter in both Church plants.

Church size:
• Orting, WA: Avg 80 on Sundays & 120 in midweek groups.
• Santee, CA: we are less than 6 months from our Easter 2015 launch. We have 50 on Sundays and 40 in midweek groups.

Church demographic profile: Small to mid-sized cities. Mixed race demographic and all ages.

Church culture: Come as you are

Missional strategy: We are a bi-vocational Elder-led church. We are built around a shared-leadership model. Sunday is not a seeker-sensitive model, but our mid-week community groups are the focus of our outreach/inviting.

Church location: Santee, CA where we meet in the City Hall.

Top three Coaching strengths:
1. Core Development
2. Shared-leadership
3. Strategic development.

Past planting experience: 8 years at The Journey Church, Muskegon Michigan. Previously 16 years with Youth For Christ.

Role: Connections Pastor

Church size: 600 combined at two sites

Church demographic profile: 25-60 year olds. Economically diverse, blue collar community, surrounded by multiple mid-sized towns along West Michigan Lakeshore. Lots of families with children.

Church culture: come as you are culture, casual, no perfect people allowed, High previously unchurched population…about 65-70% at The Journey were not going to church before they came

Missional strategy: Our Mission is to connect in relationships not religion so people can experience their best life. Helping people explore God and begin to take next steps in the process of following Jesus.

Church location: Muskegon, Michigan

Top three Coaching strengths:
1. High relational capacity
2. Setting up systems and structure
3. Connecting & developing people out of the culture

• Past planting experience: 20 years at our current plant in California, 3 years in a church restart, and 4 years in another church plant prior to that, both of those in Portland, Oregon.

• Role: Executive Pastor

• Church size: Attendance 250-300 Sunday Attendance

• Church demographic profile: Rural, economically diverse, 25 to 55-year-olds, lots of families with young kids and teens.

• Church culture: definitely “come as you are” culture

• Missional strategy: Connect with and serve the community in any way we can

• Church location: McKinleyville, California

• Top three Coaching strengths:
1. Strategizing mission, vision, values
2. Setting up and working with the administrative side of church ministry
3. Leading from the second chair.

Current Planting Experience: Limitless San Diego

Role: Lead Pastor

Past Experience: Steve lead a restart of a multisite campus for a large mega church in San Diego. Growing that congregation from 150 to over 1200 people a Sunday.

Church Culture: Go ALL IN to go ALL Out. We teach the Bible in a raw, real, and inspiring way that is going to introduce and inspire you to be a Jesus follower

BECOME A COACH PARTNER

START PLANTING TODAY!

Basic

$123

9 EQUAL INSTALLMENTS
  • You provide your own coach
  • Includes 36-week online course
  • must complete the course in 36-weeks or additional fees will apply.
Register!

Pro

$1995

one-time payment
  • We provide a qualified coach
  • receive 9 hours of transferrable seminary credit
  • includes 36-week online course
Register!

Cultivate for Agencies

Are you a church planting church, network or denomination looking for a powerful training tool to equip and train your church planters?

cpcultivate_logo_GLItag_large-2-e1416432865285Gateway Leadership Initiative has been partnering and supporting the efforts of church planting churches, networks and denominations for decades. Agencies have been using our Church Planter Profiles© tool to help assess the readiness of their planters and now they are using Cultivate to train and equip them to successfully plant churches.

GLI designed Church Planter Cultivate for the contemporary church planter seeking to reach our global, post-Christian world. After assessing over 17,000 church planters through our Church Planter Profiles©, we discovered the shocking reality that most church planters are not equipped to reach their culture.

Cultivate will help your planters start new churches that will grow by conversion growth rather than just transfer growth.

Cultivate+Coach+-+Logo+-+TransparentMany agencies want to coach their own church planters through the course and we have developed a training program to help them effectively do so. The Cultivate Coach Training program will educate your staff on how to effectively coach church planters through the 36 week Cultivate course.

We are pleased to offer a way for agencies to pre-pay for courses and to receive discounts on bulk orders of the Cultivate 36 week course as well as the Cultivate Coach Training program. When you purchase courses you will receive a coupon code to provide to the individual when you are ready for them to begin the course.
Purchase your courses ahead of time and start your planters on your time schedule.
Coupon will be provided for each registration purchase.
• Regular Price per course is $995
• Purchase 5 or more courses and get $100 off each course – that’s a savings of $500!
• Purchase 10 or more courses and get $ 200 off each course – that’s a savings of $2000!
Train your staff to effectively coach your planters through the 36 week Cultivate Course and beyond. Coupon will be provided for each purchase.
• Regular Price per course is $695
• Purchase 5 or more $595
• Master Coach Training $795
Cultivate Course Pricing

Purchase your courses ahead of time and start your planters on your time schedule. Coupon will be provided for each registration purchase.
• Regular Price per course is $995
• Purchase 5 or more courses and get $100 off each course – that’s a savings of $500!
• Purchase 10 or more courses and get $ 200 off each course – that’s a savings of $2000!

Coach Training Pricing

Train your staff to effectively coach your planters through the 36 week Cultivate Course and beyond. Coupon will be provided for each purchase.
• Regular Price per course is $695
• Purchase 5 or more $595
• Master Coach Training $795

Purchase Courses

More GLI Resources

If you would like to talk to someone about how GLI may be able to better support your church planting efforts, we would love to talk to you.

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