THE CHURCH PLANTER IS THE KEY TO CITYWIDE GOSPEL RENEWAL
Redeemer City to City trains leaders worldwide to build gospel movements in their cities—including right here in New York City. New York City is a uniquely challenging place for churches, and church planters need specialized training to build gospel-centered community here.
he Incubator is our flagship two-year training program for pastors who either have planted a church in the past 12 months or plan to plant in the next 12 months.
Based on our research and experience of what makes urban church planters effective, the Incubator develops participants in four critical areas:
The Incubator curriculum includes 16 full-day learning sessions that take place over two years. These modules begin with the theological foundations of gospel ministry and move toward increasingly complex leadership topics that follow the typical lifecycle of a new church. Planters prepare for these sessions by completing reading assignments in advance. Each session, led by trained facilitators, includes time for peer-to-peer coaching, personal spiritual formation, and application of ideas to real-world problems.
With our support, Incubator participants find and connect with a qualified coach with experience in urban church planting. This coaching relationship is intended to help planters apply concepts from the Incubator modules in their new churches and confront obstacles to growth in both ministry and personal life.
After each training module, planters work with their coaches to complete a practical assignment that relates directly to their church plant. When planters attend the following session, they will gather in groups to share their projects, ask clarifying questions, and evaluate the effectiveness of each project.
After an application and interview process, 8-15 planters are selected for each Incubator cadre. A seminary degree is not required. However, all planters in the Incubator must be affiliated with a denomination, church planting network, or sending church.
Candidates should demonstrate:
- A strong sense of calling to church planting in NYC
- Proven character and integrity
- Ministry experience
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