ESSENTIALS AT CATC
Training for Life and Mission
Whatever God is going to do, he is going to do through all his people and not just through the “paid professionals.” At Church at the Cross, we want to provide a process for discipleship and leadership development so that every willing person can be trained for a life of discipleship and missional living. Essentials plays a critical role in equipping believers, Life Group leaders, ministry leaders, future pastors, elders, and church planters with the foundational knowledge, practices, and skills to lead well for the glory of God, the health of his Church, and the advancement of his mission.
Essentials 1 (E1) is designed to provide a foundation for a life of discipleship and mission. Three weekend seminars will cover the basics of Christian identity and practices. Sessions include: Living out a Gospel Identity, Knowing God, Cultivating Intimacy with God, Knowing Scripture, Growing in Prayer, Encountering the Holy Spirit, Life Together, Missional Living, and Comprehensive Stewardship.
FEB. 9, MAR. 9, AND APR. 6 | 9AM-2PM
Essentials 2 (E2) is a discipleship process intended to equip emerging leaders who desire to invest in the spiritual formation of others. It is designed for those who feel a call to lead in the local church. E2 happens in a cohort learning environment geared toward content and practice. Each session will have an upward (Gospel), inward (Community), and outward (Mission) focus. Those who complete E1 can apply to participate in E2.
E2 WILL BEGIN IN FALL 2019
Essentials 3 (E3) is a leadership development process designed to equip aspiring elders and ministry leaders in the church. In addition to regular content, a special track exists for those pursuing eldership.
LEADING THE CHURCH
Essentials 4 is a full-time Pastoral Residency Program designed to equip emerging pastors and church planters with the necessary character and ministerial competencies to launch and/or lead a multiplying local church. Content and learning environments focus on theological formation, pastoral and leadership development, and sermon preparation and delivery. Candidates apply and are assessed before being appointed to the Residency. At the conclusion of the Residency, participants are evaluated for their ministry preparedness and assisted in moving forward with vocational ministry, either through planting (with CATC or other partners) or through pastoring in a context of revitalization.