INTERNATIONAL INTENSIVE (ASIA PACIFIC)
4-WEEK Foundational Program
International Intensive (Asia Pacific) combines robust content, theological reflections, interaction with trainers and seasoned church planters, and practical skills. This program is the ‘middle-ware‘ - intentionally designed to fill the gap between seminary education and the outworking of gospel ministries in global cities context.
Gospel Renewal - Church Planting - Integrative Ministry - Ministry Design - Leadership
- Church Plant Presentation
- Budget Formulation
- Fundraising Approach
- Action Plan
- Evaluation Feedback on Assessment to Next Step Guidance, among others
2015 Intensive (June 13 to July 10) - Application Opens Soon!
3 CITIES - Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore
It was our first time heading towards Tokyo for our training in 2014. Tokyo is one of the most challenging global cities for planting churches in Asia! Financial cost wise. Searching for the right kind of church leaders. A Japanese culture which is less than 1% Christian population. Yet the decision of having the training in Tokyo not only sharpened the challenges of wrestling with urban contexts for our church planters, it also encouraged them the possibilities of starting urban churches in the midst of downtown Tokyo - against all odds. We had the privilege of having Rev. Makoto Fukuda (Intensive Class of 2008, New York) and Rev. Seima Aoyagi (Intensive Class of 2010, New York) to speak with the church planters. In 2015, we anticipate we will be having two more churches for our case studies - adding up to four churches in Tokyo!
CHURCH PLANTERS - Rising Calibre
Twelve church planters participated the 2014 Intensive class, coming from Tokyo, Osaka, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Kuala Lumpur. The calibre of the church planting participants is rising in Asia Pacific. We receive encouraging recommendations from our Network Leaders and pastors. We are intentionally spending more effort in the initial assessment phase to ensure the recruiting of good candidates - on their calling, readiness, identifying their strengths and areas for future growth.
TRAINING IMPACT - Gospel Renewed Heart. Enlarged Vision for the City.
On their last day of training, the church planters were asked to reflect on their newly acquired understanding, new attitudes, new skills, and their next steps. Like the alumni in the previous years, their hearts and minds were renewed by the gospel. They have a larger theological vision for their cities - in loving the people, making disciples and serving the city.
"Gospel is enough for sanctification."
"Gospel-centered preaching based on foundational doctrines. Leads to Theological Vision. Leads to Philosophy of Ministry. Leads to good discipleship. And sending them off to the city for God’s glory.”
"Being a Christian is much more than I thought."
"Great city, not great church."
"Depending on the Triune God."
"Aware the idols of our hearts."
2014 INTENSIVE church planters
TOKYO Drew Cho
OSAKA Koji Esaki
NEW DELHI Askshay Rajkumar
NEW DELHI Ranjit David
BANGALORE Sangster Sukumar
BANGALORE Benjamin Stephen
BANGALORE Anthony Victor
KUALA LUMPUR Teck-Jin Tan
meet our past intensive alumni
2012 Matt Straw
2012 Danny Ford
2012 Matt Graham
2012 Michael Nhieu
2013 Tim Clemens
2013 Nat Clarke