The 5 Seasons of a Church Plant

In this 5 Seasons of a Church Plant course, you’ll learn to identify the contextual realities that will shape your plant’s mission, vision, and values.

Takes approximately 21 hours to complete.


Training more than one person?


Church, Church Planting, Faith & Work, Ministry Leadership, and Work

Course Description

A church plant is a dynamic, living, organism, which requires the planter to lead with agility through the five developmental stages of a church plant from birth through reproduction. In this 5 Seasons of a Church Plant course, you’ll learn to identify the contextual realities that will shape your plant’s mission, vision, and values. These include financial realities, geophysical location, the unique needs of your neighborhood, and your team’s particular strengths, to name a few. You’ll grow in your ability to discern Spirit-led goals, tasks, and steps that complement that context. And you’ll become more agile so that you can adapt those goals, tasks, and steps in real time. 

This course counts towards the Church Planting Certificate.

If you want to see a preview of the final project, check it out here!

The 5 Seasons of a Church Plant: Preview

Meet Your Instructors

Len Tang

Len Tang is the director of the Church Planting Initiative at Fuller Theological Seminary. Len received a B.S. from UC Berkeley and an MDiv from Fuller Seminary. He has planted two churches: Cedar Creek Church in 2004 outside of Portland, Oregon, and Missio Community Church in 2018 in Pasadena, California.

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