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August 21-23, 2023

$119 Individual

Special Spouse Discounted Price of $68




Foundations is a two-and-a-half day church plant training led by a collective of experienced church planters, seasoned coaches, and nationally respected leaders. This one-of-a-kind event will get down to the core fundamentals of church planting, cover best practices and help you develop essential next steps on your journey. Open Bible Churches will host this essential training at Journey Church, near Des Moines Iowa, which is home to the Open Bible National Head Quarters.

Key Concepts we will cover during the training include:

  • Biblical Foundations of Church Planting

  • Prayer and Prayer teams

  • Funding the dream

  • Gospel contextualization

  • Making disciples

  • Church plant models

  • Raising awareness and marketing

  • Legal / Finances

Who this training is for:

  • Pastors that desire to plant a church out of their church

  • Church planters that are ready to take their next step

  • People that want to learn more about church planting

Meet The Team


George Williams

Church planting director for R.A.M. Network, and founding pastor of CityLight Church


Aaron Sutherland

Church planting director of Discover Church Planting, and lead pastor of Cove Church


Kevin Starkey

Church planting director for Central Region and provost for Open Bible College


Michael Lumbard

Open Bible missionary and DIrector of the School of Global Leadership


Tuesday, August 15, 9:00 pm est

Check your registration email for the Zoom link

The pre-training primer will cover content that will establish essential concepts of church planting that must be established into the heart of a missional church planter. The pre-training will be a webinar-style call with Q&A blended in. 

The call will begin a 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.


The pre-training primer is an essential requirement for the Foundations church plant training. If you can not attend please notify us.


Sunday, August 20

Hotel Check-in

5:30 pm: *Optional* Meet up at Hobnob Coffee

Monday, August 21

Arrive at Journey Church for coffee and bagels

8:30 am: Opening prayer and devotional

Teaching and training

12 Noon: Lunch

Teaching and training continued

4:30 pm: Day one training complete

6:00 pm: Dinner and pinball

Tuesday, August 22

Arrive at Journey Church for coffee and bagels

8:30 am: Opening prayer and devotional

Teaching and Training Continued

11:30 am: Leave for the Open Bible National Head Quarter

12 Noon: Lunch and a tour

1:30 pm: Teaching and Training Continued

4:30 pm: Day Two training complete

6:00 pm: Dinner TBA

Wednesday, August 23

Hotel Check-out

Arrive at Journey Church for coffee and bagels

8:30 am: Finalize Teaching and Training

11:30 am: Day Three training complete



Recommended Hotel: TownePlace Suites Des Moines Urbandale

8800 Northpark Drive Johnston, Iowa 50131

Hangout: Hobnob Coffee

1000 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309


Training: Journey Church 

4409 121st St., Urbandale, IA, 50323


Day one dinner: Old School Pinball & Arcade

209 SE Main St, Grimes, IA 50111


Lunch and tour day two: Open Bible National Head Quarters

2020 Bell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315


Day two dinner: TBA




We have secured a special rate for the TownePlace Suites by Marriott of $119 per night. Be sure to book your lodging by July 29 to take advantage of this special rate.

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