Having now been part of two different church start-ups, I’ve made the rounds as far as church planting trainings go. The most helpful experience I had at any of them came at the Aggelos training hosted by the Ecclesia Network. The 2011 training is coming up in May and there are only a few spots left.
The description on the site sums up what I found valuable about my experience there:
aggelos is unique in comparison to other church planters training opportunities available.
First, there will not be hundreds of people here. More than likely, there will be somewhere between 20-30. This means plenty of room for dialog, conversation, and questions amidst all of the planned training.
Second, everyone stays, eats, and prays together for the week. Most people leave with better friendships, some of which will be life-long, because they started the church planting journey – in this way – together.
Third, there will be a host of different equippers with unique planting stories. This gathering (as in all we try to do) isn’t dominated by just a few individuals or models of church planting. You’ll hear from a variety of planters, both seasoned and new, and learn from their experiences and approaches.
Finally, we hope to provide a good balance of theology, theory, and practicality. Each component is vital.