CGN is a family of churches working together for Gospel-centered renewal.
One of the primary ways to see global Gospel-centered renewal realized effectively is in the formation of healthy, autonomous, Gospel-centered churches – both locally and overseas.
This fall CGN is excited to introduce and implement a new Church Planter Training Program called “Cultivate”.
The vision of Cultivate is to see these churches planted not haphazardly or in solitude, but in partnership with the local church. Thus, our mission is to create a program which empowers local churches to assess, train, and deploy new church planters and missionaries.
Coaching / Training
The process begins with a three-step assessment and is characterized throughout by a methodical, relational, and pastoral approach to training the “church planter in training” based on their unique needs, in order to equip them with the character, skills, and knowledge necessary to fulfill their calling. Training will take place via a curated experience using resources primarily (but not exclusively) from Western Seminary’s Center for Leadership Development (CLD), some of which will be designed and taught by CGN leaders. A team of CGN leaders will oversee this process in conjunction with the local church in which the church planter in training is based.
The training portion is a two-semester, eight-month training, focused on the head and the heart with an optional summer internship (a four-week intensive experience) in an applicable context (e.g. urban, foreign, etc).
Assessment / Feedback
At the end of the program, there will be a collective assessment of the progress that has been made, along with the identification of areas that could still use work. Feedback will be given to the church planter in training from those who have been involved in the process. Input will be consistent with accountability for growth, and we envision that the coaching relationship would continue after the church planter in training has completed the program.