Basic Training

Greetings in the strong name of Jesus.  It is our humble honor that you have enlisted into the Evangel Dean School of Urban Church Planting and our ready to move forward to Basic Training.  We are committed to come alongside your passion to identify, equip and release church planters into God’s urban harvest field.  Our Basic Training is designed to lay the foundations so you can engage fully in our next phase.  There are Dean Exercises, assignments, readings, and videos to prepare you and your colleague for Boot Camp – Evangel Dean School of Urban Church Planting.  Your commitment to run hard towards this vision requires nothing less than excellence and discipline.  Everything in basic training has a purpose; everything.  I want to encourage you to engage fully in this basic training period and not compromise in any of the requirements.  Our spiritual enemy is pleased when God’s people give “lukewarm” efforts in preparation for service.  Don’t be sloppy.  Engage fully in your basic training to be the best Dean that represents our Lord.  The men and women who will attend your Evangel School of Urban Church Planting are looking to you and your team to love, pray and strategically equip them to establish churches where a presence of the Kingdom is so desperately needed.  May the Spirit of the Lord grant you a double portion of joy and strength for the basic training you are about to engage in.

Please download this Word document: "basic-training-my-team.docx" to record all of your assignments for Basic Training (Steps A, B, and C).

Step A: Understand Our Distinctive: Know God's Heart for the Poor

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We have a fundamental belief that the poor are called and gifted to aggressively engage in the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus just like the rest of God's People. As you saturate yourself in these readings you will gain a new perspective and expectation of the poor that will mold how you engage in Church Planting.

Please download this Word document: "basic-training-my-team.docx" to record all of your assignments for Basic Training (Steps A, B, and C).

            1) what challenged you in these readings?
            2) what changes do you need to make, if any?
            3) What are the implications these readings have for your Evangel School?
 
Please save all of your completed work for Step A in your "Basic-training-my-team.docx" document and move to Step B. 

Step B: Understand Our Commitment: See the Centrality of the Church

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Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God. Though the Church is not the Kingdom of God, she is the sign of God's Covenant faithfulness, a foretaste of God's Kingdom Blessing, the co-heir of God's exalted King Jesus, and the Agent of God's Kingdom Witness. She is not just one of the "Actors" but she is a central figure in the cosmic drama of the ages.
 
These assignments below are intended to be done as a Dean Team prior to attending the Evangel School of Urban Church Planting, Dean Training. For each of the assignments below, please read (or watch the video) and submit as a team the assignments on the Word document: "basic-training-my-team.docx" (which is where you are to record all of your assignments for Basic Training Steps A, B, and C). Please follow the instruction in that document for each of the following: 
  • Read Sacred Roots: A Primer on Retrieving the Great Tradition (you will receive a copy of this in the mail after you register) and write a one page paper on this book (instructions in the Word document titled "basic-training-my-team.docx")
  • Read Get Your Pretense On!: Living as a Citizen and Ambassador of the Kingdom of God  (you will receive a copy of this in the mail after you register) and write a one page paper on this book (instructions in the Word document titled "basic-training-my-team.docx")
  • Watch "The Centrality of the Church (Crowns of Beauty – Dr. Davis)" ; and write a one page paper on this video instructions in the Word document titled "basic-training-my-team.docx"
  • Watch "What is a Church" and look at outline, and write a one-page paper on this video (instructions in the Word document titled "basic-training-my-team.docx")
  • Complete "Dean Exercise 1: How Will Evangel Help New Church Plants Embrace the Church and the World" (instructions in the Word document titled "basic-training-my-team.docx") 

Please use the Word document titled “basic-training-my-team.docx"” to record all of your assignments for Basic Training.

Step C: Understand Our Practice: Prepare for Evangel's Bootcamp

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C.S. Lewis said "...Enemy occupied territory. That is what the world is."  To establish an outpost of the Kingdom of God in enemy occupied territory demands a calling and a equipping for the task. The Evangel School of Urban Church Planting, Dean Training Boot Camp will equip you to equip urban church planters for the glory of God and the advancement of his Kingdom. 

In the assignments below, please complete these as a Dean Team prior to attending the Evangel School of Urban Church Planting, Dean Training. For each of the assignments below, please read (or watch the video) and submit as a team the assignments on the Word document: "basic-training-my-team.docx" (which is where you are to record all of your assignments for Basic Training Steps A, B, and C). Please follow the instruction in that document for each of the following: 
 
  1. Read and discuss "Church Planting Models (this article can be found in Planting Churches Among the Cities Poor: An Anthology of Urban Church Planting Resources Vol. 1, pages 385-387, which you should have received from us when you registered)

  2. Complete Dean Exercise 2: Seeing the Big Picture: Establishing Context (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  3. Read the following articles
    --Using Wisdom in Ministry
    --Seeing the Big Picture: Defining Values and Vision
    --Foundational Church Planting Convictions, (Dean Handbook, p.13) 

  4. Complete Dean Exercise 3: Seeing the Big Picture: Establishing Values and Vision of Your Evangel School (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  5. Read Seminar 1: The Evangel Church Plant School and TUMI's Vision (Dean Handbook, pp. 17-26)

  6. Watch Ripe for Harvest, Seminar 2: Church Planting Overview (video)

  7. Read Seminar 3: Evangel Emphasizes Team, Dean Handbook, pp. 29-52
      -- Watch Ripe for Harvest, Seminar 3: Building the Team for Success (video)
      -- Complete Dean Exercise 4: Evaluating Team Effectiveness (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  8. Watch Ripe for Harvest, Seminar 3: Using Wisdom in Ministry:  The PWR Process (video)

  9. Complete Dean Exercise 5: Using Wisdom in Ministry (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  10. Read Seminar 4: Hosting Your Own Evangel: The Process from A to Z (Dean Handbook, pp. 53-58)

  11. Read Seminar 5: Evangel's P.L.A.N.T. Phases (Dean Handbook, pp. 59-64)

  12. Read Seminar 6: Assessment and Church Planters For/From the Urban Poor (Dean Handbook, pp. 65-74)
      --Complete Dean Exercise 6: How Will Evangel Recruit and Assess Church Planters for and From the Poor (basic-training-my-team.docx)
      --Read Seminar 7: The Coaches and Church Plant Teams at Evangel (Dean Handbook, pp. 75-82)
      --Complete Dean Exercise 7: How Will We Coach At and After Evangel? (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  13. Read Seminar 8: How to Jump Start a Dead Spiritual Battery (Dean Handbook, pp. 83-89)

  14. Read "Why Is It Both Prudent and Necessary to Develop a Team Charter? (basic-training-my-team.docx)
      -- Complete Dean Exercise 8, and initial each bullet after you have reviewed the aabove article together as a team.
      -- Complete Dean Exercise 9: Contrast and Compare Charters (basic-training-my-team.docx)
      -- Partially complete the Evangel School Training Dean's Certification Form (basic-training-my-team.docx)
           1. Evangel School Name
           2. Dean Names
           3. Denominational Affiliation (if applicable)
          4. Target Area
          5. Ethnicity and/or unreached people group
          6. Unengaged and unreached people group (if applicable)
          7. School Values
          8. School Vision Statement

  15. Read Seminar 9: Publicizing and Funding Your Evangel School (Dean Handbook, p. 91)
      -- Complete Dean Exercise 10: How Will Deans Fund and Publicize Their Evangel School of Urban Church Planting? (basic-training-my-team.docx)

  16. Read Seminar 10: Evangel Support and Resources (Dean Handbook, p. 93)

    Please us the Word document titled basic-training-my-team.docx to record all of your assignments for Basic Training.

 
Make sure you bring your completed document "basic-training-my-team.docx" with you to the Evangel School of Urban Church Planting, Dean Training.