The following are the 2014 dates for DCPI Training Conferences.
CPE – Church Planting Essentials
CPC – Churches Planting Churches
CPC – Church Planting Movement
BAM – Becoming a Mentor
January 30-Feb 1 CPM
March 13-15 CPE & CPC
Red de Ministerio Sonshine
March 20-22 CPM
Elizabeth City, NC
March 26-28 CPE
April 10-12 CPE & CPC
Lake City, SC
April 24-26 CPM
May 1-3 BAM
October 15-17 CPC
CPE – Description
The Church Planting Essentials class is a three day presentation describing the basic principles involved in planting a church. The material was developed and is supervised by Dynamic Church Planting International of San Diego, CA. DCPI, as it is called, was founded by Paul Becker in 1994. DCPI has planted nearly 150,000 churches worldwide and has a goal to plant 5 million churches by 2050, should our Lord tarry.
This is a powerful course! It involves lecture, small group discussion, open interaction, completion of practical exercises and exposure to church planters from many evangelical families. For everyone to date who has completed the courses, approximately 2.7 churches have been planted.
The secret to this course and all the DCPI five courses is that they are Biblically based. As a result, those who attend the classes receive a special blessing of the Lord. The first class outlines 12 Biblical Principles of Church Planting. These include the Boss Principle (He is Lord), the Power Principle (prayer), The Nehemiah Principle (planning) and the Team Leader Principle to name a few.
This course is not only crucial to the understanding of church planting, but it is highly effective in understanding basic pastoring and church revitalization. Pastors who have completed the course sing the praises of how important the course is to basic pastoring.
The course is very practical and life related. It is designed for each student to complete a Vision-Plan-Timeline for a church planting project. To work through the process is valuable in understanding church planting and planning, in general. The course is very foundational to the DCPI process but is not a prerequisite to the other four courses.
Every pastor should attend this course.
Churches Planting Churches
The most effective way to plant new churches is to mother a new church (plant a daughter church). New churches grow 10 times faster than established churches. Mother churches grow 3 times faster than regular churches. Need more be said?
This course focuses on churches planting churches. It is the second of the five courses in the DCPI set. It is the course that many pastors of established churches are afraid to take. Yet it is a course that will do them the most good. Women who are pregnant normally glow and are normally healthier. So it is with churches.
The course is a three day course. As other DCPI courses, it involves lecture, interaction, small groups and a practical project. It is Biblical and based on the 12 Biblical principles for church planting.
The IPHC is committed to Biblical Church Planting. The primary vehicle is through Mother Church Planting. The IPHC desires to plant daughter twin churches. During this course this process is presented. This is an amazing concept. It is a new one but it will work.
This course is not just theoretical or philosophical. The classes present a step by step process on how to plant a daughter church. This begins with prayer and ends with a successful daughter herself planting a new church. It is an amazing process. It is Biblical! This is how He builds His church. It is more than church addition, or even church multiplication. It is exponiental.
Becoming a Mentor
One of the 12 Biblical Church Planter’s Principles is the Barnabas Principle. This principle is the mentoring principle. Every church planter needs a mentor.
If churches are to be multiplied, then leaders must be multiplied and, therefore, equipped, challenged and released. This occurs best in a Paul and Barnabas type relationship (mentoring relationship). Such is the goal of this course – to establish mentors, preferably mother church mentors for new church pastors.
The course is a three day course. It has a typical DCPI approach – lecture, small group, interaction and practical project.
The average pastor is a loner. This is especially true for the church planter. He has no one to encourage him, especially a peer. He is easily discouraged and loses vision quickly. The hope of this course is to change this. Every church planter needs a mentor – someone who has gone where the church planter wants to go and is willing to help him get there. Such is the hope and prayer of this course.
The course is very practical. The correct theory is offered, yes; but even more so, the actual steps of the process are covered. The needs of an average church planting pastor are listed and discussed.
The environment that this class hopes to create is an awesome one. We are “better together”. A threefold cord is not easily broken – God, the mentor and the new pastor. The body can be much healthier and more productive if this environment can be established.
The goal of the IPHC is for every new church planter to have a mentor. So many more new souls can be discipled if this goal is reached. Pastors will be stronger and healthier. They can lead better. The Kingdom can and will prosper.