The course addresses the biblical and systematic theological foundations of church planting. There will be a significant emphasis on theology, but the focus will not be on the theology per se as this is not a typical theology course. Rather, the focus will be on the church and how these theological topics play out in practical application.
While we’re starting with the theological foundation we can then build on top of it … and then get into the “how-to’s” and “what’s next” kind of scenarios. In other words, we’re laying a theological foundation for you to then apply in your setting. You see, there’s very rarely an apply-all template in church planting. Theological foundation plus cultural exegesis and contextualization then leads to application.
The instructor, Dr. Sean Benesh, is the Director of Intrepid which focuses on combining church planting, community economic development, and startups for the betterment of communities. He has a Master’s degree from Simpson University, a DMin in Transformational Leadership for the Global City from Bakke Graduate University, and post-doctoral studies at Portland State University in urban studies. Sean has written eleven books on the subject of cities and church planting, is the senior editor of the International Journal of Urban Transformation, and currently teaches at two universities in Portland.