The Redeemer Church Planting Residency (CPR) is for men who aspire to church planting or revitalization. It’s designed to help equip, assess, and affirm the resident within the context of the local church.
Each phase lasts a minimum of 12 months. Each subsequent phase is contingent upon successful the completion of previous phase.
PHASE 1: Assessment & Affirmation (including installation as an elder at RFC)
PHASE 2: Gathering of Core Team and Fundraising
PHASE 3: Launching as a Church Plant of RFC
The residents will engage in many learning opportunities including discipleship with the pastoral staff, while engaging in a fast-paced, robust program of study intended to complement all aspects of the residency. During Phase 1, residents will have weekly assignments of reading, writing, and other papers. In addition to the focused discussion on the reading and writing, each week residents will participate in the staff life of the church including: prayer meetings, liturgy preparation, sermon text preparation, service review, staff meeting, and meetings with members. Additionally, residents will attend elder meetings, membership interviews, and participate in the Sunday service, including preaching at least five times per year.
9:30-10:00am – Prayer & Service Preview
10:00–11:30 – Worship Service
11:30–12:30– Post-Service Fellowship
DAY OFF (OFFICE CLOSED)
7:00-8:00am – Men’s Prayer and Bible Reading
8:15-9:30 – Intern Discussion
9:30-10:30 – Sermon Text Work
10:30-12:00 – Staff Meeting and Lunch
6:30–10:00pm – Elder Meeting (2nd week of month)
7:00–8:00pm – Church-Wide Essentials Class
11:30–12:30 – Text Work Implication & Application
1:00–4:00 – Residency Discussion
6:30–7:30am – Church Prayer Meeting
Self-Paced: Reading, Writing, Meetings, Projects, etc.
This reading list is for Phase 1 of the program.
The Wonderful Works of God, Bavinck (658 pp.)
The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin (1,525 pp.)
The Christian Ministry, Bridges (390 pp.)
Select Letters of John Newton, Newton (226 pp.)
Simplicity in Preaching, Ryle (24 pp.)
Some Pastors and Teachers, Ferguson (802 pp.)
The Cross and Criticism, Poitier (article)
The Gospel Primer, Milton (97 pp.)
The Whole Christ, Ferguson (260 pp.)
The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Keller (48 pp.)
"Idols of the Heart and Vanity Fair", Powlison (article)
"Vive la Difference", Powlison (article)
Holiness, Ryle (488 pp.)
Exemplary Husband, Scott (367 pp.)
The Shepherd Leader in the Home, Witmer (150 pp.)
Let the Nations Be Glad, Piper, (280 pp.)
Missions, Johnson (125 pp.)
William Carey, Carey (420 pp.)