When I planted a church in 1990, there wasn't a Church Planters Bootcamp training available. It wasn't until October 1992 that the Church Multiplication Training Center launched the first Bootcamp for church planters held in Estes Park, Colorado.
Bill Malick, then director of Church Planting for the Missionary Church Western District, consulted with Bob Logan and Steve Ogne, and others including Mike Livingston, MCWD Superintendent, concerning the need for a training program for church planters.
There were 35 people representing 12 new church plants from 7 denominations who attended that first Bootcamp training. From one Bootcamp in 1992, the CMTC has now trained over 5,000 church planting projects for and with over 100 denominations. The training materials have been presented in English, Spanish and Korean languages.
The original training curriculum emphasized preparing to launch services as the starting point. The new curriculum emphasizes starting churches by first making and baptizing disciples. For the past twenty years, the CMTC has faithfully trained church planting teams, parent churches and even churches starting over to be focused on reaching unreached people. This continues today!
Watch this video celebrating the history and ongoing vision of the Church Multiplication Training Center.
Today's Missional Challenge: Don't start churches to make disciples. Start churches by making disciples!