network leader school


Basic training For Church Planting


Network Leader School AND Basic Training for Church Planting 

March 1-3, 2023


Pathway Church

3848 NE Division St

Gresham, OR 97030

For the first time ever, we are offering these two amazing trainings, blended together!  Some sessions will be specific to the track you are focused on, while others will be together to offer greater interaction and learning opportunities!

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See below downarrow  for more detailed descriptions of Network Leader School and Basic Training.

Who should attend?
Network Leader School - Lead Network Leader, Key Team Members, including Admin

Basic Training - Church Planter, Spouse, Key Core Team Members (including Admin), Mentor/Coach, Sending Church Pastor


Registration and materials: FREE!

Travel expenses are your own responsibility.  We do not want finances to be a barrier however. If this creates a hardship, please let us know.

There are many hotels in the general area.  In addition, we have negotiated a group rate with: 

Courtyard Portland East

2811 NE 181st Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97230

$109/night + tax

Click here to book a room

(book by Feb 14th for the group rate)

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Network Leader School (NLS) is a training for church planting missionaries/strategists, CP network leaders, directors of missions, pastors of reproducing churches, missions pastors, or anyone who wants to develop their own church planting strategies and systems. There is something for both new and seasoned network leaders. NLS is directed by Gary Irby, NWBC Church Planting Director, and includes a great cast of experienced and effective presenters.

NWBC Church Planting has extensive systems in the areas of:

  • Prayer
  • Training
  • Focus Communities
  • Partnership Development
  • Support/Administration*
*Includes coaching, church planter gatherings, family events, block party trailers, portable baptisteries, online giving site, loaner equipment, and an optional fee-based service called “The Hub” that provides print/web design, database control, finances, contributions, payroll, taxes, project management, phone services, and more.
The NLS is a two or three-day intensive through which participants immerse themselves in learning, planning, and implementation. This process allows participants to jump years ahead by building on the experience of others who have spent more than a decade in developing church planting strategies and systems. NLS is customizable to the situation, but may include many of the following topics:
  • Strategy/system development and implementation
  • Prayer support
  • Recruitment, application, & assessment
  • Farm systems
  • Training
  • Partnership development and materials
  • Outreach methodologies
  • Web development & usage – Main site, giving site, individual church plant sites
  • Communication strategy & tools
  • Coaching
  • Church planter gatherings, spouse networks, and family events
  • Caring for CP wives
  • People search/focus communities
  • Organic planting
  • Advocates (aka volunteer strategists)
  • Multiplying churches/networks
  • Resource development & deployment
  • Administrative hub
  • Giving site and other stewardship development tools
  • Denominational resources and processes
  • Ethnic strategies/resources
  • Church planter round tables
Also available are optional tracks for Church Planting Administration, and Setting up your own Church Planting Hub.
If you have questions or are interested in scheduling a NLS in your area, please contact Natalie Hammond.

Basic Training for Church Planting (BT) is a nuts and bolts training on how to plant a church.  From the initial steps - such as developing prayer support and crafting your vision & mission statements, to outreach methodologies, partnership development, and administration, this training has value for the planter just starting out, and for those in the early years of planting too!

Some of the units that are addressed in BT include:

  • Prayer Support
  • Mission & Vision
  • Core Values
  • Ministry Area
  • Outreach Methodologies
  • Gathering
  • Partnership Development
  • Discipleship
  • Administration
  • Stewardship
  • Small Groups
  • Worship
  • Masterplan
  • Mileposts