Experience is the best teacher.

Our 10-month EQUIP missionary training program will train you in the principles that will lead to reproducible church planting and give you plenty of experience putting these principles into practice while doing ministry in New York City.

New York City Mission

Where you receive your training matters.

Nowhere else in America can prepare you for church planting among unreached people groups like New York City. 

Not having a car, using public transportation, reduced personal space, fatigue, and enduring the entire spectrum of weather are often elements of cross-cultural ministry that you can begin to “get used to” here in New York City before you leave for the field.

Not only this, but very few cities can offer you the unique experience of putting your church planting training immediately into practice among an unreached people group – and New York City has 52 of them waiting for you to reach.

What you get trained in matters.

Many missionaries are pursuing church planting strategies that will be limited to only one church being planted. In EQUIP’s missionary training program, we draw from the extensive research that has been done studying the 80+ church planting movements going on around the world right now to train you in planting your first church so that it will reproduce itself many generations deep.

Who you get trained by matters.

You will get trained by and work alongside church planters and cross-cultural missionaries that have dozens and dozens of years of missions experience. 

How you get trained matters.

Many Bible schools and missionary training programs leave you front-loaded with teaching without giving you much opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. 

At International Project, we truly believe that “experience is the best teacher”, so we have designed the EQUIP missionary training with a “just-in-time training” approach.

New York City Mission at Equip 10 month missionary training program

This means that as soon as you are trained in a church planting principle, you will have ample opportunity to put it into practice.

Some highlights of your EQUIP missionary training experience will include:

  • Developing a ministry plan with your team to reach an unreached people group in New York City and spend 10 months putting it into practice.
  • Facilitating at least one Discovery Bible Study with influential international students on prestigious New York City university campuses.

  • Learning to “live out loud” by sharing the Gospel numerous times throughout the year.

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The EQUIP program begins July 15; however, participants are encouraged to move to NYC by July 1. Large group trainings begin August 1. The program ends May 31.

The focus of the EQUIP training is organic, reproducible church planting. Each team will work to begin house churches during their time in NYC.

This is a cross cultural church planting training program, so church planting will happen with either internationals from various people groups or Muslim immigrants living in the city. There will be a high focus on evangelism and discipleship.

See below for a sample daily schedule (subject to change):

9:00 am-12:00 pm: Training
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00pm-5:45 pm: Seed Sowing/Ministry

here are three major parts to EQUIP:

Practical Ministry Experience: Trainees will get heavy practical experience in evangelism, leading discovery Bible studies, church planting, and discipleship. Each trainee will be mentored by other experienced church planters.

Spiritual Development (Character): There will be a strong focus throughout the training on the gospel—the reality of the gospel in the life of the trainee as well as how the gospel shapes everything we do in life and ministry.

Theology: The program seeks to give you a basic theological understanding of Scripture, ministry, and church planting. The program will give you exposure and instruction in areas such as Old and New Testament Survey, Hermeneutics, Systematic Theology, Ecclesiology, and Missiology. The theological training you receive should be sufficient to meet the biblical coursework requirements of most mission organizations.

EQUIP will help you develop a philosophy of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting that is organic and highly reproducible. The goal is that you leave with the DNA (organic values) and skills of church planting that lead to church planting movements. EQUIP will also seek to help you view all of life and ministry from a gospel perspective.

EQUIP is a missionary training program for anyone who seeks to reach the lost, disciple new believers to reproduce, and learn how to start biblical communities of believers. This training is very valuable for those involved in international ministry in the U.S. who want international believers to be able to go home and have reproducible ministry in their home countries.

In addition, this training is highly recommended for anyone who wants to go overseas to do church planting. Many go overseas without ever having an understanding or experience of church planting prior to going. They assume they will get very focused training when they arrive, only to find that their teammates are busy with ministry and they are busy learning the language.

Since many missionaries come from traditional churches, they do not understanding the DNA for organic church planting and struggle in many mission contexts. This training will provide the philosophy and experience of church planting prior to arriving to the field.

The minimum age for this program is 21 years.

Getting a job will be considered on a case-by-case basis. It is possible (though not recommended) for those who have already met the theological requirement to get a part-time job. For those who are participating in the theological training, it is unlikely that you will have time for a part-time job.

It is not required. As a part of EQUIP, however, we offer four theological classes for participants: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Hermeneutics. These courses will be offered as two week intensive courses just prior to the start of the training in August, and immediately after the end of the program in June.

  • You will be trained in the principles of a discovery Bible study as well as how to start and lead one. It is likely that you will lead 2-5 discovery Bible studies for unbelievers each week.
  • At the minimum, expected to engage 3-5 new individuals each week for personal evangelism.
  • You will be involved in an existing house church. You will identify and use your spiritual gifts in ministry.
  • You will seek to start a house church and disciple people.
  • You will be trained in how to disciple someone and how to make reproducing disciples.
  • You will be trained through the entire “Filling the Earth” seminar, which provides the theological underpinnings and practical applications of house churches and church planting movements.
  • You will process with a team these CPM principles in ministry and read 4-5 books together.
  • You will be trained in healthy elements of effective teams.
  • If applicable, you will be given academic/theological requirements that will allow you to meet the 30-hour bible requirements of most missions. (This is optional for those who have already met these requirements.)
  • You will be mentored and coached by a church planter in the context of ministry.
  • You will be trained in contextualization in church planting.
  • You will be saturated in the gospel and its application for life and ministry.

For a single person, the cost of the program (including all housing, living, and ministry expenses) will be approximately $2,000/month. For couples and families, the cost will be roughly $4,000 monthly. For more information, please contact us.

This may be possible in special circumstances. However, some major expenses like rent are expensive in NYC and can’t easily be lowered. Please talk to us regarding your concerns.

There is a one-time fee for the program. The EQUIP fee is $1,000/singles & $1,500/couple, which covers the cost of trainers, some training materials, training room rentals, and other expenses (all full-time EQUIP staff are volunteers). The fee is due in the fall.

If you have special circumstances that will not allow you to stay for the entire program, please talk to us about your concerns. Keep in mind that the training happens throughout the entire program and builds upon itself. You will only receive the full benefit of the training and ministry by staying for the entire time.

The ideal person is someone who is highly teachable, passionately desires to reach and disciple lost people, and is willing to challenge their own fears and paradigms in ministry methods.

There really is no “typical” day. Our ministry is very relationally-based and self-initiated. This means there is no program schedule that everybody follows daily together. We will not set anyone’s schedule for them or tell them who to meet with or when to meet. People will need to be self-motivated and able to initiate and maintain their own schedule. However, we do have expectations for the number of groups and the number of internationals people interact with each week.

The first 4-6 weeks here (from August 1 to mid-September) are spent predominantly in training and cultural excursions around NYC. Monday is the day off, and is reserved for relaxation and catching up on personal chores, not for ministry. Tuesdays are reserved for training as a group. This time includes team meetings and prayer, specific training sessions, academic classes (if applicable), and discussions on reading material that has been assigned. Because of the scheduling required and to respect the time of the trainers, it is mandatory that Tuesdays not be missed.

For the remainder of the week, each person will facilitate 2-3 English conversation groups on a campus (probably either NYU or Columbia University). Each of these groups will have 6-8 international students and will meet weekly for about 1 ½ hours. Each person will also plan at least two activities (based on the interest in their group) for their entire group each semester.

From these groups, they will meet with each student individually for a gospel-centered talk—over coffee, walk in the park, lunch, etc. They will form discovery Bible studies with international students and their friends or family that are interested. These discovery Bible studies will meet weekly for about 1-2 hours.

Teams will develop a strategic plan for how to reach a specific unreached people group community. They will spend lots of time in a particular neighborhood and develop a plan that they will later implement to reach these peoples.

In addition to this, trainees will also be part of a house church community within our network of house churches. This is where they will worship and fellowship for the entire time they are in NYC. These house churches meet at various times throughout the week, not just on Sunday. Trainees will also be mentored while here and will meet with their mentor once every two weeks to discuss their growth and adjustment to the team/field and philosophy of ministry.

Members of EQUIP will meet with their teams at least weekly and will also have team interactions within their house churches and throughout the week as they initiate and develop relationships within the community.