The City to City Incubator is Gospel City Network’s (GCN) key two-year program to serve, train, and develop church planters and church leaders who promote church planting in Metro KL. Each learning module addresses the specific needs of urban planters, including skills in thinking theologically about ministry, and growth in the various areas of urban ministry. The incubator is designed for church planters to go through the program during the critical phase of launching their congregations. Although it is designed for church planters, the material great for developing mission-minded church leaders. They get practical help on writing their action plan, the philosophy of ministry, crucial ministry development, and preaching, among other topics. Ideally, this training is accompanied by coaching to encourage the planters to perform to the maximum extent of their giftedness…
An effective urban church planter/ Leader must be proficient in 4 critical competency domains:
1. Living inter-connectedly with a gospel dynamic (Personal—Interpersonal domain)
2. Communicating grace and truth in a way that forms and engages disciples (Prophetic domain)
3. Creating a missional culture (Priestly domain)
4. Executing visionary leadership (Kingly domain)
Each Incubator learning module involves time for peer-to-peer coaching, personal spiritual formation, application of ideas to real-world problems and hands-on training that combines both theology, church planting theory and insights from adult learning theory. The training involves 16 modules, each one involving reading, ministry exercises, and 12-16 hours of classroom engagement. To be invited into an Incubator training cadre, it is preferred that the participant be involved in an urban church plant or have ministry involvement in an existing church.
Each session contains three primary elements
- Gospel community building. This involves: a) a time for planters to get to know each other and bring the problems they face to the learning community for support and counsel; b) gospel dynamics addressing the practicalities of gospel living and c) kingdom-centered prayer with and for one another.
- Theologically informed thinking. Research has indicated that a key competency for church planters and pastors is “reflective practice” (some call this ortho-praxis), which is the ability to apply the insights of theology and the social sciences to the everyday concerns of ministry life.
- New skill training. Each session is designed to strengthen the core competencies required for church planting.