We at the C2C Network want to give all possible support and training to our church planters. To that end, we ask each church planter, who is involved in our network, to join us for one day per month for training. Each month, we cover one module.

This material was produced by Redeemer City to City in New York by John F. Thomas and is used by permission. For more information on City to City go to www.redeemercitytocity.com 

The 16 modules are covered over a two year period. Here is a brief overview of our modules:

Year One

This module focuses on understanding how the work of Jesus Christ changes everything we are and do, as individuals, as a community, and as ministers of God’s grace. It is the message of redemption that we always preach as well as the dynamic that causes on-going redemption in our lives and communities.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a grasp of the gospel of grace as a ‘dynamic’ in life, not just having sins forgiven.
  • Can articulate the broad scope of the gospel as it relates to life and ministry
  • Able to describe the “two thieves of the gospel” and which he/she tends toward
  • Can describe the difference between “the gospel” and a moralism or self-esteem approach to personal growth
  • Grasps how the gospel affects the ‘what’, as well as the ‘how’ of doing ministry
  • Has a strong sense of ‘call’ to church planting in the city (dealt with in application process.)

The effective leader knows how to do self-leadership and self-care before he or she leads others. This module focuses on the character of the leader as well as knowing your unique leadership style so you can manage yourself and others in order to more-effectively engage in the work of the kingdom.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a bias toward action, consistently executing evangelistic, cultural and ministry plans.
  • Constantly assesses the environment, sees needs, learns from failure, and gets the new information, skill set, resource or personnel that the job requires. (Though ‘Learning agility’ cannot be trained into a person, we can encourage the development of some skills that help the planter to be a more agile learner)
  • Knows the unique temptations of a leader and embodies a servant-model of leadership that encompasses the role of suffering, spiritual conflict, authority, humility and love in the leader’s life (Gospel-based leadership)

This module focuses on understanding the unique postmodern, urban context in which we live and how that understanding can help us communicate and develop ministry forms which are meaningful to the people we are reaching. Far from ‘capitulating’ to culture or ‘watering down’ the gospel, contextualization aims to make Christ alive and dynamic in the given situation where you are planting your church.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a grasp of the gospel of grace as a ‘dynamic’ in life, not just having sins forgiven.
  • Can articulate the broad scope of the gospel as it relates to life and ministry
  • Able to describe the “two thieves of the gospel” and which he/she tends toward
  • Can describe the difference between “the gospel” and a moralism or self-esteem approach to personal growth
  • Grasps how the gospel affects the ‘what’, as well as the ‘how’ of doing ministry
  • Has a strong sense of ‘call’ to church planting in the city (dealt with in application process.)

This module aims to help learners develop the skill of consistently and winsomely presenting Christ to others in a host of new situations, so that communicating Christ becomes an integral part of the culture of the new church. Emphasis is placed on developing networks of relationships and encouraging a culture of hospitality in the new church as well as how to think of evangelistic events, process evangelism and the training of others in your church.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Experiences increasing wonder in the all-sufficiency of the gospel for every need
  • Exhibits consistency, creativity and winsomeness in regular, personal evangelism
  • Knows how to ‘network’ evangelistically and use relational pathways
  • Is able to engage the church in evangelistic endeavors (relationships, events, etc.) so that the church develops a missional culture

Teaching that helps participants understand the unique characteristics of the city and of urban ministry and helps them develop a balanced, missional culture in their church so that the good news of Jesus is expressed in every element of church life and reaches out in holistic ministry.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Has a theologically driven vision for the church and city. (Church Planting Movements and a redemptive/historical theology of the city)
  • Develops a strategic model (Philosophy of ministry) of the church with ‘outward-faced’ and ‘balanced’ ministries

It’s not enough just to understand the gospel; we need to be constantly experiencing the renewing work of Jesus Christ, making us new and sending us as people in his redemptive mission.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Continues to grow in personal transparency as well as gospel renewal in his own life
  • Able to explain the role of idols and can identify his own tendency toward idolatry
  • Practices a lifestyle of repentance and faith, growing confidence and joy in Christ
  • Is able to lead others into a discovery of both their idolatry and what gospel repentance looks like
  • Also: Understands how to use the CLI to develop personal learning motivation and objectives.

(Product due: Your Philosophy of Ministry)

Learners will develop skill in understanding how people change as well as how to develop programs for spiritual formation and leadership development. They will jointly participate in actually developing one program of leader formation that they can use.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Has a developmental approach to how people change  (gospel and educational principles)
  • Models a robust, holistic spirituality of gospel truth, deep, inclusive relationship and a bias toward ministry to others. He practices and leads in the disciplines of grace that promote corporate renewal
  • Able to design ministry that spiritually ‘forms’ Christians in community as people in mission (i.e., discipleship. See Kaufmann, ‘Disciple-making plan’)
  • Understands how to deal with the unique hindrances (pathologies) to spiritual growth, renewal, engagement with others and in mission
  • Is embracing the ways he has been wounded and how he tends to wound others, enabling him to work relationally in all pastoral work (discipling, counseling, relating to staff, making decisions, handling conflict, etc.) This effectively deals with “Stallers and stoppers” in the CLI/CLSI)
  • Is able to capitalize on these spiritual formation efforts in order to recruit, train, deploy and care for new leaders into new and existing ministries

The heart of the ministry of Christ’s kingdom is prayer. Since the Holy Spirit is the indispensible agent of any true ministry, the church is called to express it’s life, and do it’s work, through the agency of prayer.  Through prayer the gospel renews us, we learn more deeply of God’s priorities and we receive new empowerment for what he is sending us to do. These kingdom concerns are reflected in the model prayer of Jesus.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a passionate prayer life, both personally and corporately and trains others in kingdom    prayer
  • In his leadership, knows how to bring prayer to bear on strategic ministry initiatives
  • Can develop a workable Action plan that is realistic, comprehensive, and contextualize 

Year Two

(Product due: Your Disciple-Leader Development Plan)

The effective church planter knows they cannot plant a church by themselves. Instead, they become leaders and pastors of gifted Christians who do the work of ministry. Thus it’s important for church planters to know how to assess people’s strengths and weaknesses and how to develop systems of relational training that guide people to their place of most effective ministry.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Is able to read people, knowing their strengths, weaknesses, alignment to the vision, openness and loyalty.
  • Is able to design and implement an effective leadership training program that shares the values of the RCPC (gospel-based, relational, transformational, etc.) and provides the church with the leaders that it needs
  • Knows how to recruit the right people and direct them effectively so that they are growing in their personal lives and productive in ministry

The effective leader knows how to do self-leadership and self-care before he or she leads others. This module focuses on the character of the leader as well as knowing your unique leadership style so you can manage yourself and others in order to more-effectively engage in the work of the kingdom.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a bias toward action, consistently executing evangelistic, cultural and ministry plans.
  • Constantly assesses the environment, sees needs, learns from failure, and gets the new information, skill set, resource or personnel that the job requires. (Though ‘Learning agility’ cannot be trained into a person, we can encourage the development of some skills that help the planter to be a more agile learner)
  • Knows the unique temptations of a leader and embodies a servant-model of leadership that encompasses the role of suffering, spiritual conflict, authority, humility and love in the leader’s life (Gospel-based leadership)

This module focuses on understanding the unique postmodern, urban context in which we live and how that understanding can help us communicate and develop ministry forms which are meaningful to the people we are reaching. Far from ‘capitulating’ to culture or ‘watering down’ the gospel, contextualization aims to make Christ alive and dynamic in the given situation where you are planting your church.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a grasp of the gospel of grace as a ‘dynamic’ in life, not just having sins forgiven.
  • Can articulate the broad scope of the gospel as it relates to life and ministry
  • Able to describe the “two thieves of the gospel” and which he/she tends toward
  • Can describe the difference between “the gospel” and a moralism or self-esteem approach to personal growth
  • Grasps how the gospel affects the ‘what’, as well as the ‘how’ of doing ministry
  • Has a strong sense of ‘call’ to church planting in the city (dealt with in application process.)

This module aims to help learners develop the skill of consistently and winsomely presenting Christ to others in a host of new situations, so that communicating Christ becomes an integral part of the culture of the new church. Emphasis is placed on developing networks of relationships and encouraging a culture of hospitality in the new church as well as how to think of evangelistic events, process evangelism and the training of others in your church.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Experiences increasing wonder in the all-sufficiency of the gospel for every need
  • Exhibits consistency, creativity and winsomeness in regular, personal evangelism
  • Knows how to ‘network’ evangelistically and use relational pathways
  • Is able to engage the church in evangelistic endeavors (relationships, events, etc.) so that the church develops a missional culture

Teaching that helps participants understand the unique characteristics of the city and of urban ministry and helps them develop a balanced, missional culture in their church so that the good news of Jesus is expressed in every element of church life and reaches out in holistic ministry.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Has a theologically driven vision for the church and city. (Church Planting Movements and a redemptive/historical theology of the city)
  • Develops a strategic model (Philosophy of ministry) of the church with ‘outward-faced’ and ‘balanced’ ministries

It’s not enough just to understand the gospel; we need to be constantly experiencing the renewing work of Jesus Christ, making us new and sending us as people in his redemptive mission.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Continues to grow in personal transparency as well as gospel renewal in his own life
  • Able to explain the role of idols and can identify his own tendency toward idolatry
  • Practices a lifestyle of repentance and faith, growing confidence and joy in Christ
  • Is able to lead others into a discovery of both their idolatry and what gospel repentance looks like
  • Also: Understands how to use the CLI to develop personal learning motivation and objectives.

(Product due: Your Philosophy of Ministry)

Learners will develop skill in understanding how people change as well as how to develop programs for spiritual formation and leadership development. They will jointly participate in actually developing one program of leader formation that they can use.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Has a developmental approach to how people change  (gospel and educational principles)
  • Models a robust, holistic spirituality of gospel truth, deep, inclusive relationship and a bias toward ministry to others. He practices and leads in the disciplines of grace that promote corporate renewal
  • Able to design ministry that spiritually ‘forms’ Christians in community as people in mission (i.e., discipleship. See Kaufmann, ‘Disciple-making plan’)
  • Understands how to deal with the unique hindrances (pathologies) to spiritual growth, renewal, engagement with others and in mission
  • Is embracing the ways he has been wounded and how he tends to wound others, enabling him to work relationally in all pastoral work (discipling, counseling, relating to staff, making decisions, handling conflict, etc.) This effectively deals with “Stallers and stoppers” in the CLI/CLSI)
  • Is able to capitalize on these spiritual formation efforts in order to recruit, train, deploy and care for new leaders into new and existing ministries

The heart of the ministry of Christ’s kingdom is prayer. Since the Holy Spirit is the indispensible agent of any true ministry, the church is called to express it’s life, and do it’s work, through the agency of prayer.  Through prayer the gospel renews us, we learn more deeply of God’s priorities and we receive new empowerment for what he is sending us to do. These kingdom concerns are reflected in the model prayer of Jesus.

Competency Outcomes:

  • Exhibits a passionate prayer life, both personally and corporately and trains others in kingdom    prayer
  • In his leadership, knows how to bring prayer to bear on strategic ministry initiatives
  • Can develop a workable Action plan that is realistic, comprehensive, and contextualize 

Ce banquet, non seulement est le moment où les participants célèbrent ce que Dieu a fait durant les deux années précédentes dans leur Église, leur communauté et leur vie personnelle,   mais c’est aussi le moment ou chacun invite quelques leaders clefs qui pourraient être encouragés par ce que le Seigneur fait dans la ville.