The International Intensive is a four week program held in New York City to train church planters from global cities. 

The program is designed to prepare urban church planters by exposing them to urban church planting concepts, theological resources to grow churches, leadership modules, and other church planting principles.

Participants in the Intensive are selected through an extensive recruiting and screening process.


The Incubator is our key two-year program to serve, train, and develop church planters in New York City. The Incubator is also delivered to church planters in target cities through local trainers.

Each learning module addresses the specific needs of urban planters, including skills in thinking theologically about ministry, and growth in the various areas of urban ministry. Church planters go through the program during the critical phase of launching their congregations. They get practical help on writing their action plan, the philosophy of ministry, crucial ministry development, and preaching, among other topics. Ideally, this training is accompanied by coaching to encourage the planters to perform to the maximum extent of their giftedness. 


Gospel in the City is a two-day learning experience that exposes urban leaders to a vision about the centrality of the gospel—a theological and practical understanding of how the gospel shapes all of life, from the heart, to a church and to a city. It is delivered through plenary sessions and group learning experiences and usually hosted by local partners.


This program orients trainers to City to City's urban church planter Incubator curriculum, a two-year course that can be adapted for their city.

We believe that by employing a training curriculum that increasingly reflects the practitioners’ own culture, leaders will develop a locally delivered training program that more effectively serves church planters.

Global Faith & Work initiative

CTC's Global Faith & Work Initiative (FWI), works with our global affiliates to:

  • Develop collaborative teams of faith and work catalysts, trainers, and coaches in the major cities in which we work.

  • Provide resources to equip the people of the church to work to God’s glory in every vocation and industry – as innovators and entrepreneurs, as just leaders who value the dignity of every human being, and as joyful, faithful stewards of their God-given resources.

  • Equip people of the church to become humble, winsome witnesses to God’s love and good news for the people and cities of this world in a way that invigorates evangelism and motivates gospel-centered cultural renewal.