The DCPI Training Ecosystem

DCPI offers trainings for every stage of your church planting journey. All of our trainings fit into the DCPI Training System and are scholarshipped by donors are designed to equip you with biblical principles that work anywhere in the world.

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There are four categories of DCPI training. We would love to help you identify the most effective training tracks for you!


DCPI’s Planting training tracks are directly focused on equipping leaders to start churches. These trainings are for church planters and their church plant launch teams. These tracks are principle-based to apply anywhere in the world:


Church Planting Essentials (CPE)

House Church Planting (HCP)


DCPI’s Thriving training tracks are focused on getting churches and leaders healthy, so they are ready to multiply. These trainings are for leaders of new and old churches and apply in any context. These trainings include:

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Healthy Church Dynamics (HCD)


Mentoring Church Planters (MCP)



DCPI’s Cultivating trainings are for cultivating more church planting leaders–both next-generation leaders, and leaders in existing churches. Depending on your context, you can choose one or both of these trainings for yourself/movement: 

NexGen Challenge (NGC)


Churches Planting Churches (CPC)



DCPI’s Multiplying trainings are for equipping movement leaders and their teams to think high-level and multiply faster. These trainings are strategic and practical and can include:

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Certified Trainer (CT)


Church Planting Movements (CPM)


planting TRAININGS

Church Planting Essentials (CPE) 

for church planters and their teams

This foundational DCPI training teaches trainees how to plant a church. Using the pattern of a baby being formed in 9 months of pregnancy, students learn how to start churches from conception to birth and beyond. They plan culturally relevant outreach, develop a Process of Discipleship and learn about how to avoid difficulties in planting.

Church Planting Essentials’ interactive and comprehensive instruction is designed to enable prospective planters to avoid church planting “landmines”, plan prayerfully, as well as discern and pursue their vision effectively.

Available in 44 languages. Also available in “Orality” storytelling format for oral cultures. 

This training equips you to...

  • Organize, refine and pinpoint your vision, purpose, strategies and timeline early, so that you have a clear plan for the future.
  • Use the 12 Biblical principles for church planting in everything you do.
  • Recognize and avoid land mines such as launching too soon, choosing the wrong facility, or exhausting your launch team.

What people are saying...

“The best part was the practicality of the training. Especially the four phases of planting a church. I already had the passion but not the “know how.”
-Thomas Loman

“DCPI’s program is the most cross-cultural and comprehensive approach I’ve found.” -Chris McKinney

“Church Planning Essentials is a powerful and practical tool for principle-centered church planting-refreshing and dynamic!” -Mike Ruhl

House Church Planting (HCP)

for church planters of house churches, micro-churches, and groups

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This training takes every attendee to understand the basics of how to explain the Gospel and gather believers through the different “fields” of church planting. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus calls us to make disciples. This training will help you make disciples, that make disciples, that fulfill the Great Commission.


By far our most interactive track, this track empowers participants with ample opportunities to practice what they are learning before applying what they learn in a real-life situation. In contrast to other DCPI training tracks, this track can often be spread out over a period of several months, allowing participants extra preparation time before starting their church.

Available in 5 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • Understand God ́s desire and His final goal
  • Identify four kinds of harvest fields.
  • Spread Gospel seeds through the two important stories.
  • Spread Gospel seeds through the two important stories.
  • Use the nine practices for gathering believers and appointing leaders.
  • Insure continual productivity through leader multiplication.

What people are saying...

“The training was refreshing and concise about critical church systems that once they are honestly addressed the church will be prepared for an exponential growth and reproduction of daughter churches. The best parts were he breakout session and interaction with fellow participants and trainers.”
-Richard Ngugi


Healthy Church Dynamics (HCD)

for leaders of new and existing churches

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Our bodies have different systems: cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory and etc. They are independent, but if any one of them fails, the whole body fails. It is the same in the body of Christ. Eight systems in the body of Christ have been studied. We share what to do to develop the systems required to have a healthy body at any age and stage of life.

Available in 5 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • Use different ministry skills for 6 key phases of church growth.
  • Recognize how the size of a church impacts ministry
  • Prepare to reproduce.
  • Deal with discouragement, difficult people and time demands.
  • Implement strategic systems for healthy church development.
  • Evaluate your church regularly to assess the why and how of effective ministry

What people are saying...

“I want to thank DCPI and their whole team that invested in our ministry and vision of planting churches to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ. The quality of the material and the encouragement of the instructors really inspired me. Thank you for your investment in our trying to obey the Great Commission.”
-Michael Blankenship

Mentoring Church Planters (MCP)

for mentors of church planters

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Get the training to be maximally helpful to your church planting mentee. Whether a planter needs help staying on course, avoiding planting “landmines”, or encouragement to take a much needed prayer retreat, a mentor can help. This interactive training empowers mentors to recognize what church planters need, identify the four phases of church planting, prepare for the seasons of mentoring, and develop skills to powerfully support church planters.

Mentors help keep church planters on task and their vision in focus. Whether a planter needs help staying on course, avoiding church planting “land mines” or encouragement to take a much needed prayer retreat, a mentor can help. Three full days are spent in interactive, comprehensive training designed to enable mentors to coach, shepherd and supervise church planters.

Available in 7 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • Discover what church planters need, don’t need and don’t know they need
  • Look inside the heart of a church planter
  • Understand the four phases of church planting
  • Know the characteristics of a “model mentor”
  • Prepare for the seasons of mentoring
  • Develop skills and strategies for effective mentoring

What people are saying...

“If we are going to effectively multiply churches it is essential that we also multiply mentors. Mentoring Church Planters provides the resourcing, practicality and reproducibility needed for a mentoring movement!”

-Erick Ewaskowitz


NexGen Challenge
for next-generation leaders

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The purpose of the NexGen Challenge training is to inspire next generation leaders to embrace church planting to reach the world for Christ. This material was designed to challenge teenagers and young adults to engage in the Great Commission. The ultimate goal is to help them understand their importance to pass on their faith to future generations. At the end of this training, each participant will be challenged to get involved with what God is doing.

Available in 7 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • 10 Biblical Principles of Next Generation Leaders
  • Why Church Planting is Vital
  • The Impact of Good Choices
  • Ministry Landmines Next Generation Leaders must avoid
  • The Importance of Mentoring
  • Myths and Truths about the Next Generation

Churches Planting Churches (CPC)
for churches considering planting/preparing to plant daughter churches

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Healthy churches are the largest untapped resource for planting more healthy churches. This training is about harnessing the power of the mother-daughter relationship by equipping healthy churches to multiply.

Even a small church can make a huge impact for the kingdom. Bring new life to your congregation through practical, proven principles of daughter church planting.

Available in 10 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • Determine the involvement of the mother church.
  • Answer fears and objections to church planting.
  • Develop a timeline for the new church.
  • Find resources needed to fund the daughter church.
  • Overcome common barriers in the new work.
  • Recruit a church planter and leadership.
  • Create your own personalized V.I.P. (Vision-Involvement-Plan).

What people are saying...

“The training is great for helping you listen to God, clarify his vision for your role in his kingdom, and find the necessary steps to implement that vision.” -Fred Chambers


“This is really a Dynamic training system and method to grow the kingdom of God Dynamically.” -Daniel Reagan


“The CPC class is very informative and it is great training for anyone who is called to plant churches. The trainers are well prepared and knowledgeable as well. I thank God and DCPI for this great opportunity.” -Evelyn Moore


Church Planting Movements (CPM)
for church planting movement leaders

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A Church Planting Movement is a fast-growing movement of churches planting churches that takes place within a people group or a segment of a population. The churches are growing rapidly, but not exponentially, at least over the long term. These churches are led by leaders who are home-grown, national, aboriginal, indigenous.

Available in 7 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • The 13 Biblical Principles of church planting movements.
  • How to receive a Vision from God, Communicate it to others, and Recruit leaders to be a part of their team.
  • The Calling & Characteristics Of A Church Planting Movement Leader.
  • The skills and strategies for accelerating a church planting movement
  • Complete a Practical Project that focuses on each organizations church planting vision, organizational structure, and a timeline to begin moving forward.

Certified Trainer (CT)
for future DCPI trainers

certified trainer dcpi curriculum description and requirements

We’re so happy that you want to train others! It’s natural to want to share everything you’ve learned from DCPI because of how absolutely life-changing these principles are. Certified Trainers (CTs) are at the core of how we multiply church planters worldwide. All of our Certified Trainers are men and women who have gone through our training, planted a church, and are ready to help others get trained to plant churches.

How it works

After completing at least one track of DCPI training and participating in a church plant, you may sign up to attend a Certified Trainer course. The CT course requires around
5-6 hours of instruction in how to train and how to set up a training event. These trainings are regularly available via webinar. Please be sure to attend all sessions. There aren’t make-ups in CT trainings.

Next, a DCPI Master Trainer (MT) will interview you to get to know you. You will have an opportunity to demonstrate your training ability by training a part of 12 Biblical principles. Then, you will make a presentation to a small group of DCPI leaders that answers what is your vision to train others. You will have to sign that you agree with DCPI’s theology, and then you will be ready to start scheduling your own trainings! We can’t wait to help you reach further by becoming a Certified Trainer!

Available in 10 languages.

This training equips you to...

  • How to do an effective Training
  • Landmines in Training
  • Organizational Overview of DCPI
  • How we will fulfill the vision
  • Overcome common barriers in the new work.
  • Your roadmap as a DCPI Trainer

Certified Trainers must...

  • Complete one prior training course with DCPI
  • Be a church planter or have been part of a church plant team
  • Be able to publicly train materials
  • Have someone you plan to train or a network in which to assist
  • Develop skills and strategies for accelerating a church planting movement
  • Understand that Certified Trainers do not get paid for their work with DCPI and that this role is about participating in God’s global church planting movement

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