Incubator* is our flagship two-year training program for pastors who either have planted a church in the past 24 months or plan to plant in the next 18 months. The program provides in-depth training and practical, relational support to help participants develop the key competencies needed to effectively lead their new churches. Incubator is delivered to church planters in the Bay Area through local trainers--pastors with a track record of faithful and fruitful church planting. 

Incubator participants learn in a cohort alongside other church planters for one full day each month for two years. Relationships are born and built in these cohorts that serve as a source of mutual encouragement for years to come. At Incubator, church planters connect with one another, with seasoned ministry leaders, and with organizations seeking to fund and support Bay Area church planting. As a result, healthier churches are planted and the Bay Area's gospel ecosystem is strengthened.


Training Modules - The Incubator curriculum includes 16 full-day learning sessions that take place over 2 years. These modules begin with the theological foundations of gospel ministry and move toward increasingly complex leadership topics that follow the typical lifecycle of a new church. Planters prepare for these sessions by completing reading assignments in advance. Each session, led by trained facilitators, includes time for peer-to-peer coaching, personal spiritual formation, and application of ideas to real-world problems.

Coaching - With our support, Incubator participants find and connect with a qualified coach with experience in urban church planting. This coaching relationship is intended to help planters apply concepts from the Incubator modules in their new churches and confront obstacles to growth in both ministry and personal life.

Practical Projects - After each training module, planters work with their coaches to complete a practical assignment that relates directly to their church plant. When planters attend the following session, they will gather in groups to share their projects, ask clarifying questions, and evaluate the e ectiveness of each project.


After an application and interview process, 7-15 planters are selected for each Incubator cadre. A seminary degree is not required. However, all planters in the Incubator must be affiliated with a denomination, church planting network, or sending church.

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • A strong sense of calling to church planting in the Bay Area
  • Proven character and integrity
  • Adequate ministry and entrepreneurial experience 

Applications for the  2018 Incubator (beginning August, 2018) are being accepted now. Application window closes June 15th, 2018. 

More questions? Read the FAQ.

Ready to take the next step? Apply now.

*This course is being offered by City to City Bay Area, which is affiliated with Redeemer City to City. City to City Bay Area is a licensed provider of the Urban Church Planting Incubator, a research-based curriculum developed by Dr. John Thomas at Redeemer City to City. The content has been contextualized for church planters in the Bay Area.