A one-week church planting seminar will be offered in Columbus, Ohio, the week of March 6-10, 2006, under the sponsorship of Grace Brethren North American Missions. Sessions will be held on the campus of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus in Westerville, Ohio.
Designed to introduce the prospective church planter to the basic understanding and skills necessary to start a congregation in any North American cultural context, the course takes the student from call through self-assessment to reaching and bringing together a group of 25-75 individuals committed to being a church.
Informed by David Garrison’s concepts of church multiplication, the course seeks to train church planters to form new congregations aggressively and rapidly. Students are expected to engage both intellectually and spiritually—emphasis is given on building spiritual community within the class and work groups.
The seminar may be taken for three hours of graduate credit at Grace Theological Seminary, or it may be audited for non-credit. Spouses attend free, unless they wish seminary credit or official audit status. Cost is $960 for seminary credit, and $480 for audit, plus books, lodging and food.
A number of prerequisites must be met for those who would enroll. All required assessments must be completed by February 28, 2006, along with completion of reading assignments and submission of a reading report.
For more information, or to register, contact Jessie Schroder, Grace Seminary Admissions Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-544-7223, ext. 6413.