THE URBAN MISSIONS INITIATIVE PROCESS
Training and support and it is an important part of the Urban Mission Initiative (UMI) process:
Our UMI intensive training includes a 4-month program that trains the church planting individual and/or team in both the art and science of missionary preparedness within a preferred context. The format is four, one-day intensives and four group processing evenings.
UMI training is designed for starting missional initiatives—a sort of boot camp for urban missionaries. Church planting assessments and coaching are also administered by Communitas International, a ministry whose mission is to mature faith gatherings into sustainable spiritual communities, primarily in urban areas, where they become multiplying movements—churches who plant churches who plant churches.
From identification to implantation
RECRUITMENT TO SELECTION
Once identified as a viable urban church planter, formal interviews are set up to invite the prospect to consider being a missionary with UMI. If they display a serious interest, they are asked to fill out an application, which would include providing references from their spiritual leaders and friends. The applications are reviewed by the UMI leadership team, which either recommends for advancement to the next stage or redirects the applicant to work on strengthening their missional characteristics or to discern their spiritual fit for either urban church planting and/or partnership with the Urban Missions Initiative. Upon being recommended, the new urban missionary is invited into a cohort.
SELECTION TO TRAINING
While there is an initial four-month training intensive that each urban missionary is required to complete, training is ongoing throughout the individual’s relationship with UMI. The church planter experience is designed to be lived out in an ongoing cohort. The cohort meets monthly for prayer, group processing, encouragement and training. As a missional initiative transitions into a church or missional preaching point, the urban church planter will be assigned a two-year coaching protocol with Communities International.
UMI Training Consists of The Below Topics:
- Uniting Missionary Calling with Missionary Practice
- Passing on a Missionary Lifestyle
- Neighborhood Listening: The “Why” Before What & How
- Success Metrics & Sustainability
- Your Unique Story
- What Is This Good News We Bring
- Discernment and Collaborative Leadership
TRAINING TO DEPLOYMENT
Typically, urban church planters that have arrived at this point are already practitioners to some degree or another. In other words, they have already embedded in the community they are called to reach. That is the organic nature of UMI. Once they are ready to be “official,” the following is available to the church planter:
- Ongoing training
- Mentoring in self-mastery, personal discipleship and ministry fit/calling
- Fellowship and encouragement from the cohort
- Tools to sharpen missional effectiveness
- Business administration, spiritual covering and missional relationship
DEPLOYMENT TO OVERSIGHT
Since the Urban Missions Initiative is a highly relational paradigm, accountability is fostered naturally in the cohort. Cohort time encourages transparency and conversation. The cohort time normally takes care of accountability and mentoring. Specific areas of concern or need comes through Infuse leadership team.