Last month, 18 church planters and network leaders gathered in the CTC office for a three-day Train the Trainer (TTT). It is through this program that leaders learn how to take the Incubator material back to their local context and train future church planters.
Last August we held our first Train the Trainer event, which was our first attempt to truly decentralize the church planter trainings we've been doing at our offices in New York for over ten years, and to pass both our material and our relational method of learning on to other cities and networks.
On Thursday, August 4, I hopped on a New Jersey Transit train at Penn Station for my first (ever) trip to Princeton, NJ. CTC ran a five-day workshop for 22 network leaders from 10 different countries on how to deliver the Urban Incubator training we've developed at CTC in their own countries.
One of our core beliefs is that the gospel changes everything. It is as crucial to the life of a church planter as it is for the new believer.
For that reason, the goal of much of our church planter training is not just learning theology or practical skills, but ultimately it is the transformation of the learner. Leaders are subject to pressures, temptations, and often isolation, which can affect their ability to find community, accountability, and maintain both their ministries and their personal relationships.