Every church was planted once. In every generation, and across diverse church traditions, the Church has multiplied to reach new people, in new places, in new ways.

Planting new worshipping communities, pioneering a brand-new model of church or working with church renewal through ‘fresh expressions’ are all ways to plant. And CCX has decades of church-planting experience and learning to share with you.

If church planting is our main way of reaching new people, everyone has a part to play. You may be ordained or not, you could be a plant team member, a prayer partner or a financial supporter. Working together, we can plant and revitalise worshipping communities in different contexts and church traditions – all are needed.

The single most effective evangelistic methodology under heaven is planting new churches.

C. Peter Wagner, Church Planting for a Greater Harvest

What is Church Planting?

Church planting is central to the Bible’s understanding of mission and to the theology of the church.  It’s an aspect of mission that has been recaptured in the past few decades. Church planting is something which is changing and evolving.  Building on biblical, traditional and historic roots, church plants grow and take on the character of the communities which they are trying to reach and serve.

Today, all kinds of new churches and Christian communities are forming, from every Christian tradition and in every context. Leadership models too are evolving, with church plants led by clergy and lay people, volunteers, bivocational and part-time leaders and teams.

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Plant Course

The Plant Course is a practical, encouraging and stretching course to equip church planters and their teams. It’s designed for churches who are ready to plant in the next 6-12 months and have their bishop’s or denominational authority’s approval.

We offer the Plant course in two formats, an online self-guided course, and a live, facilitated course. Both covering the same key aspects of church planting, including:

  • vision and values of the plant
  • planting strategy
  • models of outreach and evangelism
  • leadership and team building
  • finances
  • working with the diocese

At the end of the course, the church planters present their planting vision, strategic plan, budget and growth plans to one another and a panel of experienced clergy and other experts.

The Plant Course is for all church traditions, approaches and contexts. We’re committed to supporting each team in their journey of multiplying disciples and congregations. In the long-term, we’ve found that people who are trained do a much better job than those who aren’t.

Church planting can feel like a roller-coaster ride all on your own but the Plant Course helps you feel that you’re not alone and works through all those things that could keep you up at night. A must for anyone who has a passion to join God’s mission in bringing people to Christ and growing his church.

Steve Burston, St John’s Crawley

Self-Guided Course

Work through the course online with your own planting team, at your own pace and in whichever order you prefer. Learning from and with each other is a key element.

Available anywhere in the UK and internationally: you can start a self-guided course at any time in the 12 months leading up to your plant.

Live Facilitated Course

The course takes the plant team on a 2 month journey, meeting once a week and is led and managed by facilitators with the sessions held at set times and locations. You work through the course as part of a consistent cohort and benefit from each other’s input.

The Plant Course is run in different locations globally by dioceses, denominations, networks and institutions.  During this time we continue to run courses on zoom.  In-person courses are available in partnership with other dioceses.

Session 1 – Planning
Session 2 – Growing
Session 3 – Going
Session 4 – Resourcing
Session 5 – Leading
Session 6 – Establishing
Session 7 – Presenting

Costs vary by location but as a guide the current ZOOM course costs £300 for team leaders, and £100 for additional team members. Bursaries are available.

London and National
  • Starts Thursday 7 October 2021
  • 7 weeks on Zoom, from 19:30 – 21:30, including a break for half-term
  • Starts Thursday 30 September 2021
  • 10 weeks on Zoom, from 19:00 – 21:30, including a break for half-term and 2 coaching sessions
Leeds and St Hild
  • Starts Wednesday 2 February 2022
  • 7 weeks in person, from 09:00-16:00,  including a break for half-term
London and National
  • Starts Thursday 20 January 2022
  • 7 weeks on Zoom, from 19:30 – 21:30, including a break for half-term
London and National
  • Starts Thursday 28 April 2022
  • 7 weeks on Zoom, from 19:30 – 21:30, including a break for half-term
London and National
  • Starts Thursday 22 September 2022
  • 7 weeks on Zoom, from 19:30 – 21:30, including a break for half-term

Be part of the story

Do you have a vision to plant or be part of a planting team? Take a look at planting jobs around the UK and see what’s on offer.