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Center for Church Planting and Revitalization


A Three-Tiered Approach

The Center develops initiatives in three areas: education of current students, research on church plants and revitalization, and continuing support for leaders in the field. During the three-year start-up phase from 2016–19, Center staff are developing the Center's organizational structures and programs. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Education 

  • facilitating student cohorts
  • offering master's courses
  • proposing curricular programs of study

2. Research

  • conducting research on church planting and revitalization
  • exploring the benefits of ministry coaching
  • developing ecumenical networks 

3. Continuing support and education of leaders in the field

  • developing an online certificate program
  • holding public conferences
  • offering digital learning content

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Pastor at Franklin Lakes United Methodist Church, New Jersey

Alison VanBuskirk, Class of 2015

“My call as a pastor centers on shaping a community where people can connect and be real with each other and God.”