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Frequently Asked Questions about GCCP

How long does this program take?  This program can be completed in one year.  Currently, cohorts only start in August and finish in July.  If there is a sufficient pool of interested students consideration will be given to starting the sequence at other times of the year.  
 
What courses will I take? The certificate requires 3 courses. Church Planting I (CP 501), Church Planting II (CP 502), and Church Planting III (CP 503). Each course is worth 5 graduate credit hours.
 
How are the courses offered? Students are required to participate in live webinars for several hours one day a week. Typically, webinars are scheduled on Wednesday each week. Between weekly meetings students will have reading and writing assignments.
 
Have the dates been set for the offering of the program? Specific start dates have not been identified for 2018-2019.  In broad terms, the first course (CP 501) will run September  - December 2018. The second course (CP 502) will be offered from January - April 2019. The final course (CP 503) will run April - July 2019.  Each course is 12 weeks long.
 
How does the GCCP help me plant a healthy church? As an integral part of the course, students develop peer-reviewed documents and presentations that provide the foundation for a healthy church. These documents include: mission, vision and core values for the church; critical analysis of target area demographics, detailed strategies for your prayer team, staffing, launch team, discipleship, and more. Students also create a budget from pre-launch through the first three years. Each document is reviewed by seasoned church-planting staff members to help refine these key concepts.
 
Since this is a graduate level program, is there a requirement to write a thesis or other significant writing project? Throughout the course of study students will be writing a "Launch Plan." The Launch Plan is a detailed document that gives the strategies that will be used to start a new church. The launch plan will include such things as: Demographics Report, Philosophy of Ministry, Budget, Fundraising Plan, Marketing Plan, Discipleship Plan, Community Outreach Plan, and Staffing Plan.
 
Are there any course or degree pre-requisites? Beyond a bachelor's degree in any field, no.
 
Is there a residency requirement? Students in the GCCP are required to participate in two intensive weeks and graduation at the end of the program. One week is held on the campus of MACU. Another week is held at a model church plant.  Graduation is held at a model church plant.  Each residency intensive is the final week of each course.
 
What if I have to drop out before finishing; can I pick up where I left off with the next cohort? Yes and No. The program has been constructed so that students work with the same group throughout the training process. If a student drops out he must reapply and restart from the beginning. However, he will "audit" the courses he finished and then continue with  the courses he has yet to complete for credit.
 
How do I apply? The application process is a two step process.  Step one is to apply and be accepted to MACU's Graduate School.  Step two, which may be done concurrently with step one, is to apply to the GCCP program.  Instructions for applying to the Graduate School may be found here
 
How much is tuition and fees? Tuition has been set by the University Trustees at $450 per credit hour for 2018-2019 (subject to change).  Fees related to the residency intensive weeks are yet to be determined but will include housing/hotel and meal expenses at a minimum.
 
Is there financial aid available? Students may apply for Federal Student Loans. Students taking graduate courses are not eligible for Pell Grants. Currently MACU does not offer any scholarships for this program. Students are encouraged to talk with a church planting organization or denominational headquarters to see if they will sponsor or offer financial assistance for professional development/training in church planting.
 
What if I don't want to earn graduate credit hours or the certificate? Is there a way to take the courses non-credit? Yes, individuals may apply for admission to one of the Church Planter Training cohorts directly through Passion for Planting at: http://church-planting.net/residencies/. Passion for Planting will assess fees for the training. Individuals receive the same training, but are not required to apply for admission to MACU and do not earn graduate credit nor a graduate certificate from MACU.
 
Who do I contact to get more information? Dan Smith, Enrollment Director, dan.smith@macuniversity.edu252-334-2058 - C 336-681-0575