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Church Planters Cohort

Get Inspired

Are you an emerging leader looking to launch a church plant?
Or perhaps a church looking for a strategic pathway to plant churches?

Our 2-year pathway program is designed to provide you with a supportive and structured journey towards success. We understand that church planting is a 5-year commitment driven by love for a specific group of people who need the Gospel. That's why we focus on strengthening you, your vision, and your strategies to reduce pressure and increase success. Our goal is to invest in your well-being and personal development so that you can build a powerful team and grow new disciples.

The Journey

Throughout the two years of our program, we will equip you to 'think' movements as Jesus did, 'live' authentically as a disciple-maker, and 'be' Kingdom minded in all that you do. Our core trainings, SHIFTm2M and MyFriends, will guide you through a thorough and fascinating study of the gospels. You'll unpack Jesus' disciple-making movement principles and learn to strategically apply them to your church plant disciple-making pathway. In the second year, you'll be trained and coached in how to train others in developing a lifestyle that creates opportunities for your family, friends, neighbours, and broader community to discover God's story.
With ongoing coaching and four focus days each year dedicated to specific church planting sessions, we aim to ensure that you launch a disciple-making church plant successfully. Our prayer is that you will develop a disciple-making lifestyle and launch movements of disciple-making through your church plant. We welcome you to apply or partner with us in launching disciple-making church plants across Australia.


As with all of our programs, the up-front cost of $1500.00 is required per year.  However, for those who chose the academic study option instead of the Leadership Competencies option, the only requirement is a commitment to the 2-year program and payment of the fees associated with ACOM*.


The Church Planters Cohort program includes the following;

  • Coaching

  • Training (SHIFTm2M & MyFriends)

  • Retreats ** 

  • EL Workshops

  • Study (dependent upon the study option that you chose)


The Foundational Ministry Training program requires the following of you;

  • Minimum monthly meetings with a Mentor

  • Ministry Placement (minimum 2 days per week recommended)

  • Participation in all elements of the program

  • Actively engage in all elements of your study requirements

  • Honesty, integrity, a teachable heart, and a willingness to apply what you learn.

*   If you withdraw during the program, a withdrawal fee will apply

** This cost MAY NOT include flights or travel incurred as a result of attendance or other requirements associated with the program.

Collaborative Learning Cohort

Throughout the trimester, we meet fortnightly (on Zoom) and explore what we are learning and wrestling with through our studies that we are partaking in. With a focus on application throughout these meetings, we look to make the connections from our head, to our heart and hands as leaders.


The training dates will be available in the welcome pack for each year, with all first year participants in any program, participating in SHIFTm2M and second year participants, in MyFriends Training. With various gathering places around Australia, 9 training days (SHIFTm2M) and 4 training days (MyFriends) throughout the year, and coaching to help with the application process; it is always an amazing journey.

Retreat's & workshops

With the annual retreat being held in Melbourne (February), it is a great opportunity to kick start your year with others in community. Where as, the EL Workshops (August) is be an opportunity for you and others in your networks, to be equipped and engaged, with various gathering places around Australia. 


With a focus on the head, heart and hands; you will receive at least seven coaching sessions per year. At least three of these will be structured throughout the year as specific church planter coaching sessions, with others focussing specifically on the application of our core training focus for the year. 

FOCus Days

Four days per year, you will gather with others in the church planters cohort to focus your development to church planter specific sessions. As part of the cohort, you will engage in sessions to ensure that after the two years, you are able to launch the church plant with confidence and support.

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