Essential Church Planting

Essential Church Planting digs into the essential knowledge and advice every church planter and multiplier needs to know. Think “Church Planting and Multiplying 101” but at a fraction of the price of auditing a seminary course.


These 18 modules are designed to help you:

  • See the big picture of planting and multiplication
  • Get you prepared to plant and multiply
  • Develop an effective launch strategy
  • Solve persistent struggles and difficulties along the way
  • Get step-by-step advice on how to multiply your church


This course includes 18 enhanced modules, 7 hours of HD video, and 60+ handouts. And it's all yours to keep and revisit for as long as you need it.

The first three modules are free. So if you like what you see, then you'll love the additional depth and insight in the remaining 15 modules. You won’t find this collection of wisdom, knowledge, and advice from these teachers anywhere else so don't miss this opportunity to learn from real practitioners and thought leaders in the multiplication community.

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  • Free Access to Modules 1-3
  • Upon registering, you will get free, immediate access to the first module
  • Modules 2-3 will be emailed to you in the next couple of days

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  • 18 enhanced modules taught by real practitioners and thought leaders
  • 7 hours of HD video
  • 60+ handouts
  • All of the materials are yours forever
  • 30-day 100% Money Back Guarantee
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Everything You Absolutely Need to Know to Plant and Multiply

If you’re considering church planting. If you’re in the process of planting a church. If you're in the day to day of running a church plant. If you're a pastor wanting to build a multiplying church. This course is for you.

As you plant and multiply, we want to provide you with the best materials and resources from the best teachers on these topics.

Essential Church Planting features 18 exclusive modules that provide practical, actionable advice, taught by leading experts in the fields of church planting and multiplication.


Module 1: The Secrets I’ve Learned From 30 Years of Church Planting - Ed Stetzer

Are there any secrets to church planting? Listen to Ed share out of his 30 years of experience.

Module 2: The 5 Things Every Church Planter Needs to Know - Ed Stetzer

What are the five essential areas that you need to keep at the top of your mind when planting?

Module 3: Church Planting Autopsies: Lessons from Failed Church Planters - Ed Stetzer

Church plants don’t always make it. And when they don’t, it can be messy. Learn from failed church planters.

Module 4: Why Plant Churches? - Ed Stetzer

If you want to plant, you need to be prepared. Learn about the objections and biblical basis for planting.

Module 5: Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Church Planter? - Ed Stetzer

Are you called to plant a church? Learn about the key indicators and the assessment process.

Module 6: Models for Church Planting - Daniel Im

Learn about the different types of leadership and church models for church planting.

Module 7: Systems and Leadership Development For Your Church Plant - Mac Lake

Create the right structures and systems that will support your church plant. Learn how to develop a leadership pipeline.

Module 8: Leadership Multiplication - Micah Fries

What are the barriers to multiplication? Learn how to develop a culture of multiplication.

Module 9: Church Planting and the Soul - Bill Wellons

Did you know that the most important ingredient in church planting is your emotional strength and spiritual awareness?

Module 10: Contextualization, Fundraising and Facilities - Jeff Christopherson

Learn how to exegete your community, fundraise in creative ways, and find the right facility for your church plant.

Module 11: Developing Your Core Group - Shawn Lovejoy

Developing a core group or launch team isn’t easy. Learn how to find, recruit, and lead your core group or launch team.

Module 12: Thinking Like a Missionary - Linda Bergquist

Learn how to approach your city like a missionary with the right posture, mindset, and plan.

Module 13: Missional Living as a Church Planter - Jeff Vanderstelt

To make disciples, you need to be incarnational. Learn the rhythms of a missionary church planter.

Module 14: Making and Multiplying Disciples - Chris Railey

We all want to make disciples that make disciples. Learn how to develop a discipleship pathway for your church.

Module 15: Church Planting Residencies - Bill Wellons

Learn from the godfather of residencies talk about their importance, the best practices, and all the latest models.

Module 16: Becoming a Multiplying Church - Shawn Lovejoy

It’s not about you, it’s about the mission. Learn how to become a multiplying church.

Module 17: Planting and Leading a Multi-Ethnic Church - Derwin Gray

Learn the seven characteristics to plant and lead a multi-ethnic church.

Module 18: Your Next 6 Months - Ed Stetzer

What do you need to do during the first six months of planting? If you’re already planting, what about your next six months?


Matt Gamez

Church Planter of Pursuit City Church in Corpus Christi, Texas

“This is exactly what I needed to hear. I can’t be more satisfied with this course and the way that Ed delivers the content. It literally is like learning from a professional guru in the area of church planting. I think the loudest thing I heard was the need to Pastor myself. I have noticed that it seemed lately that the relationship that matters most seemed to suffer or take a secondary role because of the church I am planting. Being a devoted follower of Jesus is still the main focus to keep.”

Ryan Moore

Church Planter of Focus Community Church in Plainfield, New Jersey

“I really enjoyed Pastor Derwin Gray’s presentation. As a church planter who is intentionally planting a multi-ethnic church in New Jersey I enjoyed how Pastor Gray gave us a biblical standard and vision for the potential of a multi-ethnic church to reach masses of people for the Glory of God. Furthermore, the practical advice on how to overcome the challenges presented when planting in a multi-ethnic context were excellent.”

Dylan Dodson

Church planter of New City Church in Raleigh, NC.

“These modules are extremely practical and focused. No matter where you are in the journey of planting a church or multiplying your church or ministry, you will find these modules not only helpful but challenging as well. They speak directly to what you are or will be facing, and it’s great to learn from those who have experienced what you are going through. I highly recommend checking it out!”

Darek Morris

Small Group Director, aspiring church planter from rural Northern Indiana

“This course provides practical, hands on information that gives you the ability to practice what you are learning in your church. Never have I taken part in a course with such depth and understanding of what it truly means to plant a church. As a young, aspiring church planter, I could not be more thankful that I have this resource available and suggest it to anyone who wants to plant a healthy, vibrant church plant!”

Kevin Chen

Assistant Pastor at Christ Church Ann Arbor, a PCA church plant

“I was too busy studying Greek and Hebrew to fully appreciate a course like this in seminary. I am thankful that there is now an online course on the nuts and bolts of church planting”

Shane Mitchell

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at Oakwood Chattanooga & Lead Planting Pastor of Revolution Network in Chattanooga, TN

“Better eat your Wheaties and fasten your seatbelt before watching these information packed modules. As a church planter in the early stages of planting a missional church, this teaching series answered so many questions I had and reaffirmed practical applications I have studied before. Ed’s teaching style is both informative and exciting. While he addresses several fundamental principles that should be applied over the course of the next 6 – 12 months, he does so in a way that helps you manage time wisely and not be overwhelmed. From building relationships with the un-churched and lost, to helping you to understand how to create groups and assimilate people into areas of discipleship and ministry, Ed’s approach will help the new planter as well as the seasoned pastor remain Kingdom focused and on task as they multiply disciples of Jesus and Great Commission Churches. I highly recommend this to all church planters.”

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Here’s our promise. Purchase today risk-free because this course comes with a full 30-day, 100% Money Back Guarantee.

If for any reason you don’t benefit from Essential Church Planting, then we insist that you get 100% of your money back. It’s simple: Purchase the course and see for yourself. If the modules, videos, and handouts don’t help you in your ministry, then I’ll refund you 100% within 30 days of purchase. Just send me an email at, tell us why you were unsatisfied (so we can improve!), and we will promptly refund your money.


Development Matters

In our recent State of Church Planting research report, we discovered that training and development matters for the health of your church, the size of your church, and for your church's likelihood to get to financial self-sustainability and multiply itself. That's why we've worked so hard to develop this course for you.

It’s bizarre and absurd at the number of people who have gone and planted churches without taking courses on it or reading books on it. - Ed Stetzer

Above all else, we want to help you be about church planting for the kingdom.

  • If you’re considering church planting, this course will help solve some of the problems, help you to see what’s coming, and be prepared to address them accordingly
  • If you’re in the process of church planting, this course will help you make wise decisions along the way to be more effective in church planting
  • If you’re a church planter, this will solve some of the struggles of church planting by giving you a pathway to success
  • If you’re a pastor and want to become a multiplying church, this will help you by teaching you the process and pitfalls of church planting

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