We train church planters to become Senior Pastors of Vertical churches.
We train Worship Leaders to lead the people of God in Vertical worship.
Vertical Church Conference
The Fellowship’s annual, high-impact, ministry-training conference.
Harvest Training Center
for Church Planting
We train church planters to become Senior Pastors of Vertical churches. The Harvest Training Center for Church Planting (HTC) seeks to build on studies provided in seminary by focusing on practical training that leads to establishing, strengthening and multiplying Vertical churches globally. Our training is residential, where men selected as HTC residents are expected to demonstrate competencies while working through our curriculum. We offer one fall program, at the Elgin, IL campus of Harvest Bible Chapel. Our faculty/teachers are front line ministry practitioners who are immersed in the day to day of what it means to pastor a church.
We train residents in four main areas
We immerse our residents into the life and culture of Harvest Bible Chapel. To be a successful Vertical church planter, one needs to thoroughly understand the distinctives and philosophy that unite all Vertical Churches. We have discovered that our culture is best caught and taught.
All aspects of sermon preparation and delivery are covered. Residents are given opportunities to use and develop their preaching gifts. Residents receive constructive feedback throughout this process and are encouraged to develop an emphasis in preaching the practical application of Scripture to life.
We focus our energy on developing the pastor as a shepherd, leader, builder and manager. We believe in cultivating the character and skills of leadership. The key relationships every Senior Pastor has: God, family, elders, worship leaders, staff and challenging people are explored. Residents are evaluated for leadership ability in a number of ministry contexts throughout the program.
Residents are instructed on the development of a core group and the launching of their Vertical church by other Senior Pastors who have planted Vertical churches. As churches grow, ministries become more complex, resulting in the need for skills in organization, coordination, budgeting, planning, and strategic prayer. Residents learn principles and practice ministry management, shepherding issues, and how to identify, train and motivate volunteers.
Our primary instructors
James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Earl Marshall, Director of Global Training, Harvest Bible Fellowship
Kirk VanMaanen, Director of International Church Planting, Harvest Bible Fellowship
Rick Donald, Assistant Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
We also have regular input from many of the Harvest Senior Pastors, along with various staff members and elders.
The Harvest Training Center is a full-time paid residency. We provide housing, a modest living stipend, and cover the educational cost of your child’s enrollment at Harvest Christian Academy. Even so, we ask our residents to raise a portion of their own support, as a way of demonstrating their commitment to church planting and as an exercise in fundraising.
For more information on the Harvest Training Center for Church Planting read our FAQs
Vertical Worship Training Center
We train Worship Leaders to lead the people of God in Vertical worship. You may be familiar with the Vertical Church Band and the worship music that Harvest Bible Chapel has been producing over the years. The response has been tremendous and we would like to leverage that by training other worship leaders in our unique philosophy. Our worship program spans 4 full weeks at Harvest Bible Chapel’s Elgin campus in Elgin, IL.
We focus on five major areas of training
Courses will primarily focus on instilling in residents the DNA of Vertical Church and Harvest Bible Chapel. This includes the 4 Pillars that comprise our church model and our emphasis on Discipleship.
We will walk through our doctrinal and theological commitments. Utilizing the extensive training of Harvest Bible Chapel pastors, residents will be trained to engage on numerous points of theology relevant to church ministry.
We train our residents on the mechanics of being worship leaders. Focusing on areas such as voice and band leading as well as service planning and choir, Harvest Bible Chapel worship leaders will teach residents about how to effectively plan and lead teams.
We’re also committed to growing our residents in their musical gifting and talent. Residents will receive training in music theory and arrangement as well as participate in a song writing retreat.
Beyond the classroom and training, we will offer residents the opportunity to be regularly involved in weekend services. Whether it’s observing our worship leaders “preparing and leading” or leading a team themselves on one of our 7 campuses, residents will be given practical worship experience at Harvest.
Our primary instructors
Andi Rozier, Pastor of Worship and member of the Vertical Church Band
Eddie Hoagland, Pastor of Worship and member of the Vertical Church Band
And other members of Vertical Church Band, including guests Paul Baloche & Rory Noland.
For more information on the Vertical Worship Training Center read our FAQs
Vertical Church Conference
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