Certificate in Church Planting & Multiplication
12 credit hours
At Wesley Seminary, we are firm believers that new churches and fresh expressions of the gospel will always be an essential strategy to reaching those who don’t know Jesus Christ. We also believe that the Seminary’s role is to help mobilize and equip the local church; therefore, we are committed to encouraging and equipping church planters and multiplying pastors. We believe the Certificate in Church Planting and Multiplication will provide leaders with the necessary knowledge, experience, skills, and confidence in order to initiate new churches, sites, and venues within many diverse cultures across the globe.
“ When I think about church planting and church multiplication, I don’t think about new signs, services, and satellites — I think about lost souls who don’t know the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. This certificate is intentionally designed to help audacious leaders discover the best church multiplication practices, strategies, and resources. We hope leaders will be better prepared, equipped, and networked to remain healthy and whole, while reaching people who are far from God.”
Dr. Ed Love, Church Planter, network strategist, and catalyst of the Certificate in Church Planting and Multiplication
The Certificate in Church Planting & Multiplication consists of four courses designed to train multiplication minded churches, pastors, and current or future planters. Whether you plan to start a new church, a new campus, or even a new venue, this program will help you:
- Develop practical skills needed to plant a new church, campus, or venue.
- Become familiar with the preeminent resources in church multiplication.
- Determine a framework for exegeting a specific culture and context.
- Develop an extensive vision and strategic plan document for a future initiative.
- Acquire an enhanced knowledge in the theology and praxis of church multiplication.
All of this while completing 12 hours of graduate credit. Upon completing all four courses you will receive a certificate of completion from the Dean. The courses are also open to those who do not want the entire certificate program but would like to only take one, two or three of the courses.
“The new Certificate in Church Planting and Multiplication is just another helpful way Wesley Seminary is advancing the church through the intentional and strategic development of mission-driven church planters. I'm excited to see the seminary focused on the church and its mission!”
Dr. Ed Stetzer
MULTIPLY: FOUNDATIONS IN CHURCH PLANTING AND MULTIPLICATION
(3 CREDITS | ONSITE 5 DAY INTENSIVE IN WEST MICHIGAN)
This course will provide principles and practices of leading and empowering multiplication movements. Church planting, multi-site, and new venue principles and practices will be explored, including visits to multiple church sites within differing communities, congregations and with differing leadership approaches. Emphasis will be given as to how churches of a variety of sizes can participate in multiplication.
CORE: THE CALLING, CHARACTER, AND COMPETENCY OF A CHURCH MULTIPLIER
(3 CREDITS | ONLINE)
This course focuses on the core of an effective leader’s calling, character, and competency within a multiplication context. Emphasis will be given to the leader’s development in the areas of spiritual formation, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and relational aptitude.
LAUNCH: INITIATING EFFECTIVE NEW CHURCHES, SITES, AND VENUES
(3 CREDITS | ONLINE)
This course is designed to provide principles and practices for the pre-launch and launch processes of a church plant, site, or venue. Emphasis will be given to discerning the new church, site, or finding venue model and strategy clarity, developing a philosophy of ministry, exegeting a cultural context, connecting with the community, recruiting a core team, designing the worship gatherings, and creating an efficient leadership structure. This course will provide students with a culturally adaptable framework for the development of a new initiative.
THRIVE: MAXIMIZING THE POST-LAUNCH PHASE
(3 CREDITS | ONLINE)
This course addresses the challenges of the post-launch process in years two-to-ten, including personal health, soul care, leadership development, evangelism fervor, discipleship formation, financial management, spiritual warfare, and organizational management. This course utilizes learning experiences of successful multiplication movements in their post-launch years.
There might be those who have already started a church that is doing well and God is instructing you to multi-site or plant a new church. You want to make sure things are done right from the start. I believe the new program offered at Wesley Seminary will help you to start out the right way. What’s being offered in this program is going to help the multiplication minded pastor move forward at an accelerated rate. I believe this program is an answer to prayer for a lot of pastors who want to start a new church, site, or service.
Rev. James Jackson, Founder & Lead Pastor of Fervent Prayer Church | Indianapolis, Indiana