Essentials of
Church Planting

Essentials of
Church Planting

Learn church planting fundamentals in this concise, engaging online course for ministry leaders discerning a call to church planting. This course is also a perfect refresher for those already working in the ministry field.

01. Introduction to Church Planting

02. Character and Competency
03. Foundational Prayer

04. Mission and Vision

01. Introduction to Church Planting

Module Length: 4 video lessons (24:49)
Topics Covered: Church Planting, Calling, Self-Care
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Jeff Olive

Rev. Dr. Jeff Olive

Pastor of Church Multiplication, The Woodlands Methodist Church
Jeff Olive has spent the last 15 years coaching and training pastors from Texas, across the country and throughout the world as church planters. No matter the setting, Jeff is called to recruit, assess, train, and deploy new church pastors to start congregations, and to look for strategic opportunities for campus expansions. As Pastor of Church Multiplication at The Woodlands Methodist Church, Jeff brings his vast knowledge and experience to the online ministry training space.

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02. Character and Competency

Module Length: 4 video lessons (26:48)
Topics Covered: Church Planting, Calling, Self-Care
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Jeff Olive

Rev. Carolyn Moore

Founding PASTOR, MOSAIC CHURCH
Carolyn Moore is the founding and lead pastor at Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia, celebrated for her pivotal role since 1998. She excels in fostering communities centered around God's Kingdom, authorship, and public speaking. Host of "The Art of Holiness" podcast, she explores supernatural ministry and practical holiness. An active member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and Global Methodist Church, Carolyn is dedicated to leadership mobilization in ministry.

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03. Foundational Prayer

Module Length: 4 video lessons (24:23)
Topics Covered: Church Planting, Calling, Self-Care
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Jeff Olive

Reward Sibanda

Teaching Pastor, Saddleback CHURCH
Reward Sibanda is a Teaching Pastor at Saddleback Church, California, and Senior Advisor for Church and Community Relations at World Vision. He is known for his dynamic storytelling and expertise in cultural engagement within the Kingdom context. Previously at Pearl Street and Crossroads Churches, he's skilled in various communication platforms. Reward is passionate about sharing transformative stories in a global context.

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04. Mission and Vision

Module Length: 5 video lessons (27:19)
Topics Covered: Church Planting, Calling, Self-Care
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Jeff Olive

Rev. Dr. Dhati Lewis

FOUNDING PASTOR, BLUEPRINT CHURCH
Dhati Lewis, founder of Blueprint Church, Atlanta, and MyBLVD, is a prominent figure in urban disciple-making and leadership. With a background in sports and ministry in Texas, he moved to Atlanta in 2009 to establish a church-planting community. Holding degrees from the University of North Texas, Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist, Lewis is dedicated to cultivating healthy churches and equipping leaders.

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01. Introduction to Church Planting
02. Character and Competency
03. Foundational Prayer
04. Mission & Vision
Jeff Olive
Jeff Olive has spent the last 15 years coaching and training pastors from Texas, across the country and throughout the world as church planters. No matter the setting, Jeff is called to recruit, assess, train, and deploy new church pastors to start congregations, and to look for strategic opportunities for campus expansions. As Pastor of Church Multiplication at The Woodlands Methodist Church, Jeff brings his vast knowledge and experience to the online ministry training space.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (24 minutes and 49 seconds)

Rev. Dr. Jeff Olive

Pastor of Church Multiplication,
The Woodlands Methodist Church

01. Introduction to Church Planting

The modules before you represent a masterclass in church planting. These sessions are intended to be worked through actively and not passively consumed. Throughout this course, you will deepen your understanding of church planting, further discern your call, and develop a plan. And in the end, we hope you will be moved to action.​

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Carolyn Moore
Carolyn Moore is the founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. She excels in fostering communities centered around God's Kingdom, authorship, and public speaking. Host of "The Art of Holiness" podcast, she explores supernatural ministry and practical holiness. An active member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and Global Methodist Church, Carolyn is dedicated to leadership mobilization in ministry.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (26 minutes and 48 seconds)

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore

Founding Pastor, Mosaic Church

02. Character and Competency

It's vitally important to quiet your spirit and to strengthen your spiritual, mental, physical and emotional groundings before embarking on the journey of church planting. Developing a routine of spiritual disciplines and spending time in the presence of the Holy Spirit is vitally important to lead yourself and others in authentic, Christ-honoring ministry.

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Reward Sibanda
Reward Sibanda is a Pastor at Saddleback Church, California, and Senior Advisor for Church and Community Relations at World Vision. He is known for his dynamic storytelling and expertise in cultural engagement within the Kingdom context. Previously at Pearl Street and Crossroads Churches, he's skilled in various communication platforms. Reward is passionate about sharing transformative stories in a global context.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (24 minutes and 23 seconds)

Reward Sibanda

Pastor, Saddleback Church

03. Foundational Prayer

If it's not already, prayer will become your closest lifeline to the heart of God as you live out your calling to start a new faith community — for you individually and for your team. Here are some valuable applications and insights on foundational prayer as the cornerstone on which to build your planting project.

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Dhati Lewis
Dhati Lewis, founder of Blueprint Church, Atlanta, and MyBLVD, is a prominent figure in urban disciple-making and leadership. With a background in sports and ministry in Texas, he moved to Atlanta in 2009 to establish a church-planting community. Holding degrees from the University of North Texas, Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist, Lewis is dedicated to cultivating healthy churches and equipping leaders.
Module Length: 5 video lessons (27 minutes and 19 seconds)

Rev. Dr. Dhati Lewis

Founding Pastor, Blueprint Church

04. Mission & Vision

Developing your vision means sitting in deep reflection on your relationship with God, yourself, your church, and your city. This module leads you through an interactive exercise of reflection that will help you determine your vision from burden. Prepare for this module by first downloading the supplement and having it ready to view during each lesson.

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05. Building a Launch Team
06. Branding & Marketing
07. Funding the Vision
08. Legal & Compliance
Jeff Olive
Eliseo Mejia brings 30+ years' experience to global church planting. He is an elder in the Methodist Church and the National Director at Expresiones Divinas for Fresh Expressions US. He's founded 35+ congregations and imparts his knowledge as a coach and seminary professor. Dr. Mejia's commitment lies in nurturing church communities and developing leaders for enduring growth.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (21 minutes and 54 seconds)

Rev. Dr. Eliseo Mejia

Missiologist & Professor, Asbury Theological Seminary

05. Building a Launch Team

Planting a team takes more than just one person. One critically important step in your journey includes building a launch team. This module will help you learn how to identify individuals who possess the necessary skills and spiritual gifts that align with your vision.
This team will serve as the foundation for your community's growth and development.

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Carolyn Moore
Mike Sims is an award-winning consultant with more than 25 years in branding, marketing, communications, and media production. An expert in audience engagement and church community building, he spent ten years leading marketing communications at The Woodlands Methodist Church. He worked in corporate advertising prior to serving as lead strategist for TWMC's Forward in Faith affiliation campaign in 2022–23.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (23 minutes and 27 seconds)

Mike Sims

Founder and Principal, Winsome Co.

06. Branding & Marketing

Learn to craft a compelling brand and execute marketing strategies that resonate deeply with your community. From developing an audience-centric brand to creating impactful marketing activations, including a church plant prospectus, this approach is designed to foster authentic connections and encourage active engagement, setting a solid foundation for your community's growth.

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Reward Sibanda
Jim Sheppard guides churches in fostering generosity with over 27 years in giving development and financial strategy. A former high-level financial executive, he’s helped clients raise $1.7 billion, addressing challenges in annual and capital giving. Co-author of  Contagious Generosity, Sheppard is a leading voice in church stewardship, leveraging his CPA background to empower pastors and ministries.
Module Length: 7 video lessons (36 minutes and 17 seconds)

Jim Sheppard

CEO and Principal, Generis

07. Funding the Vision

Harnessing your divine calling involves understanding the motivation behind your church plant, crafting your story, and developing a financial strategy. It includes identifying supporters, making effective fundraising pitches, and establishing a culture of generosity from the outset. This method ensures your church grows in faith and support, preparing you for the financial aspects of church planting and laying the groundwork for a strong community foundation.

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Dhati Lewis
Nathan Camp, CEO of StartCHURCH, offers strategic leadership with experience from both nonprofit and for-profit sectors. His vision is to equip and inspire churches and ministries to fulfill their God-given dreams, focusing on empowering pastors with the knowledge to establish and maintain their organizations effectively.
Module Length: 3 video lessons (18 minutes and 55 seconds)

Nathan Camp

CEO, StartCHURCH

08. Legal & Compliance

Taking care of your church's basic financial and legal housekeeping matters will help you sleep better at night. It will also save you from headaches and more serious trouble later on. Here are the essentials for organizing your church finances and business formation matters, as well as a helpful segment on managing your housing allowance.

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09. Evangelism & Outreach
10. Preaching
11. Strategic Discipleship
12. Multiplication
Jeff Olive
Jorge Acevedo is the newly retired founding and lead pastor of Grace Church, serving 27 years at the multi-site church in Southwest Florida. With degrees from Asbury College, and Asbury and Union Theological Seminaries, he's shaped his ministry around effective team leadership. Jorge spends his time as a consultant, mentor, and shepherd to lead pastors associated with the Sanctification Project.
Module Length: 3 video lessons (23 minutes and 53 seconds)

Rev. Dr. Jorge Acevedo

Founding Pastor, Grace Church (retired)

09. Evangelism & Outreach

There are many ways to assess a successful church plant, however, a core distinctive is its ability to effectively reach people for Jesus Christ. Using biblical truth as a starting point for your church's collective understanding of purpose. Build a trustworthy leadership team and empower them to seek out people in your community for whom the Gospel will be a source of hope, refreshment, and transformation.

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Carolyn Moore
Mark Sorensen began his professional career as a radio disc jockey and part-time Sunday School teacher. After feeling God's nudge to full-time ministry, Mark worked in various ministry roles at different churches in East Texas and Louisiana. He eventually pursued seminary studies, became ordained, and served for eight years as the lead pastor of the Harvest worship community at The Woodlands Methodist Church. In 2021 he was named senior pastor and now shepherds the congregation of more than 14,000 members.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (31 minutes and 32 seconds)

Rev. Mark Sorensen

Senior Pastor, The Woodlands Methodist Church

10. Preaching

What an incredible honor and a profound privilege we have to proclaim the Gospel in worship each week. Preparing to share God's Word is equal parts prayer, meticulous preparation, and divine inspiration. Here's Mark's time-tested approach to preaching for maximum resonance with your congregation.

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Reward Sibanda
Susan Kent is a church planter and pastor with special expertise in Christian discipleship. She launched The Woodlands Hills Community Church, in Willis, Texas in February of 2024. With 13 years' experience at The Woodlands Methodist and an M.Div from Asbury Seminary, Susan is now pursuing a D. Min. at Truett Theological Seminar. She is the author of a Lenten study, Altar'd.
Module Length: 4 video lessons (27 minutes and 47 seconds)

Rev. Susan Kent

Planting Pastor, The Woodlands Hills Community Church

11. Strategic Discipleship

Not everyone who shows up on a Sunday morning will immediately be a committed follower of Jesus, so you need to create intentional discipleship pathway where they can develop their faith and grow into spiritually mature, faithful disciples.

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Dhati Lewis
Steve Cordle is the founding pastor of the multi-site Crossroads Church in Pittsburgh. He also directs The River Network International, a training and equipping organization that strengthens church planters through discernment, training, and coaching. A Pittsburgh native and a