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Beyond the Church Plant
Porterbrook Network

Beyond the Church Plant

This course takes you to the theological heart of growth and global mission: the person and work of Jesus. Following gospel centred principles, you will learn how to shape your church for growth and forge partnerships for planting and global mission.

At a Glance

This 9 lesson course leads you step by step through bible passages, key concepts, practical examples and exercises.

Pace yourself by setting aside 40 minutes a day, for 30 days, to read, reflect, and pray your way through the course.

Each lesson includes
  • Insightful articles on Bible passages, doctrine and application
  • Instructional videos
  • Helpful illustrations
  • Interactive reflection boxes to make and store your notes
This course is ideal for
  • Christians who want to grow spiritually and who want to develop a gospel-centred approach to the subject
  • Pastors with busy schedules, who want to grow in character, ministry skills and gospel direction
  • Small groups who want to go deeper by studying in depth at home and then meeting together to discuss and share learning
  • Leadership teams and church planting core groups, who want to set out and implement a biblical vision for their church


20-25 hours

More Details

We need a vision for partnering with others to plant churches across the globe. This course establishes the importance of a Christ-shaped and global vision for growth and mission in the local church. It is for anyone wanting to help create a culture of Christ-centred growth and global mission in the church.

Course Overview

  • Unit 1. Churches planting churches
  • Unit 2. Growing by planting
  • Unit 3. Shaped for growth: Christologically-driven
  • Unit 4. Shaped for growth: context-specific
  • Unit 5. The ends of the earth
  • Unit 6. The light of the world
  • Unit 7. Churches partnering to plant churches
  • Unit 8. Churches planting partner churches
  • Unit 9. Gospel priorities and global vision


Tim Chester
Dr. Tim Chester

Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands. He is the author of over 30 books and commentaries including You Can Change and A Meal with Jesus, as well as being co-author of Total Church.