On June 26-30, 2017, Footstool hosted for the second time the Church Planting Boot Camp taught by Dr. Ray Chang from the Regenerant Network. The boot camp was held at Torch Trinity Graduate University (Seoul, South Korea) and was offered as an intensive summer modular course for Torch students. It was also open to non-Torch practitioners (i.e. current or potential church planters), and offered for the first time as a bilingual course with Korean translation. In total, over 40 people attended the week long training.
Participants of the boot camp were equipped with effective strategies for launching a church planting team and cultivating healthy, propagating churches. Throughout the week, Dr. Chang invited previous participants of the boot camp to come and share their church planting experiences with the class. These church planters were able to discuss what worked well for them, as well as the difficulties and failures they faced.
According to a class survey, 11 participants are either currently involved in church planting or committed to church planting in the future. Footstool is excited to be a part of starting a church planting movement in Korea and beyond.
"The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else--not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes--will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting."