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Planting and Growing Churches

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

This course is a study of practical strategies for church planting such as networking, small groups, home visitation, cross-cultural, and media usage.

  • CIMS Credit: 2
  • Length: 8 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English

In many ways, planting a new church has proven to be the most effective approach to conversion growth in the kingdom of God. Much of what is called church growth today is merely the transferring of members from one church to another. With the exception of churches that send members to another church to mother a new congregation, most church planters target the unsaved. Their chief objective is to reach the unreached.

Planting and Growing Churches offers practical advice about this exciting venture from individuals who have actually planted and grown churches. They offer step-by-step guidance for those with a burden to expand the kingdom of God through this approach. Not all are called to this type ministry, but for those who are, this book is a treasure trove of inspiration and motivation

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Discuss several practical strategies for church planting, including the following:
    1. Networking
    2. Small groups
    3. Home visitation
    4. Cross-cultural ministry
    5. Media usage
  2. Describe the profile of a church planter.
  3. Discuss the process of church growth as well as the different kinds of growth.
  4. Describe how to grow the smaller church.
  1. Planting Suburban Churches
  2. The Church Planter
  3. Prayer
  4. Philosophy of Church Planting
  5. The Plan and Practical Applications for Planting Churches
  6. Profile of a Church Planter; Part 1
  7. Profile of a Church Planter; Part 2
  8. Profile of a Church Planter; Part 3
  9. The Importance and Blessings of Church Planting
  10. The Power of Vision
  11. Structuring Your Church for Growth
  12. Empowering the Laity
  13. Assimilation
  14. Church Planting
  15. The Process of Growth
  16. Kinds of Growth
  17. Delegating and Investing
  18. Seasons and Times
  19. Responsibilities
  20. Basics of Church Planting
  21. Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting
  22. Growing the Smaller Church; Part 1
  23. Growing the Smaller Church; Part 2
  24. Recapturing the Pioneering Spirit of Church Planting
  25. Panel Discussion 1
  26. Panel Discussion 2
  27. Panel Discussion 3
  28. Panel Discussion 4

Video Lesson 1: Planting Suburban Churches

Your Instructors

Dr. Bill Sheeks

Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper

Dr. Bryan Cutshall

Dr. Loran Livingston

Dr. Jeremy Robinson

Dr. Ray Sanders

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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