What is the European intensive?

In September 2019 City to City Europe will offer its first European Intensive training.

The intensive training is a 10 day long learning experience for church planters that are called to plant a church in one of the major cities of Europe. Interactive classes taught by experienced church planters and trainers will be combined with on-site visits of church plants. The training will have the following main objectives

  • Gospel Theology: We want to create a learning experience where future church planters get immersed into the depth of the gospel, learn to apply the gospel to themselves and understand how the gospel shapes and empowers every aspect of their church plant.

  • Ministry Design: How do we contextualize our ministry approaches to our urban context? What will the unique, city-focused ministry of our church planters look like in their respective context?

  • Balanced Ministry: How do we plant churches that address the different ministry fronts in the city? How will the gospel influence and propel your preaching, evangelism, discipleship, faith and work, and mercy and justice initiatives and bear fruit for your city?

  • Planting a missional church: How do we gather and train a core group for a church plant? How can we implement a missional mindset into our community from the earliest stages on? And how do we lead this community through the various first steps of a church plant?

Where, when and who?

The European intensive will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

The training will happen from September 9th - September 19th. The training sessions will mostly held by European trainers, as well as by John Thomas from City to City NYC, who will support and train us in the process.

The Intensive training is ideal for church planters who are in the process of planting or will start planting a church within the 12 months after the training.

There will also be a side track for trainers, who will train church planters in their respective cities. If you are interested in participating as a trainer, please mention that in your application. 

How much will it cost?

City to City Europe will cover all the costs for accommodation in Hamburg as well as for the lunches during the training days. We will also organize and book your accommodation.

The participants are responsible to pay for their travel to Hamburg and back. They will also have to cover their expenses for breakfast and dinner, which everybody will organise independently. If you use public transport in the city to get around, you will also have to cover that yourself.

To take part in such a training is an important part of the preparation for a church planter and therefore also a good fundraising item. We would encourage the participants to raise the funds for their flights and other expenses. If money should still be a challenge, please get in touch with us and we will try our best to make it happen nonetheless.

If you want to apply, it is important that you fill out the full application form on the bottom of this page.



The European intensive will be held in Hamburg.

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Monday, September 9th - Start with orientation and welcome dinner at 5pm

Tuesday - Friday: Training days

Saturday: Half training day, rest of the day free

Sunday: Visit of a local church plant, meeting with the church planter; afternoon: voluntary city tour

Monday - Wednesday: Training days

Thursday, September 19th: Training in the morning, end of the Intensive training at 3pm.

A more detailed curriculum will be send out to the participants shortly.


Intensive Trainers

During the days trainers will work with the group of potential planters.

Soon the information of the trainers Tim Coomar and Alexander Pipilios from Athens will be put online.

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Matthias Voigt

Matthias Voigt is a teaching and discipleship pastor in the church „Hamburgprojekt“, which has been planted 10 years ago in the city center of Hamburg. He also serves as a training coordinator for City to City Europe. Over the last years, he has been involved in several training events for CTCE and has been a member of the executive team.

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john thomas

John Thomas is responsible for designing and delivering many of our training experiences for CTC, both in New York and in other global cities. He has written and field-tested CTC's Incubator, a transformational training system for urban church planters. His vision is to develop a global cadre of trainers who collaborate in the service of gospel church planting in every city in which we work.

John has been involved in ministry training and church planting overseas, as well as in the US, most recently planting Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta.


András Lovas

András Lovas is pastor of Gazdagret Reformed Church, a new church he led for 20+ years. Since 2016 as denominational mission advisor he conducts trainings for pastors and mentors church planters. He is one of the trainers at CTC Incubator Budapest, and a leader of the Budapest network. András studied urban mission at Bakke Graduate University (D.Min), and also is involved as a spiritual director on retreats. His wife is an artist and they have three almost grown up children.

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Benjamin Morrison

Benjamin Morrison has been involved in church planting teams in both Latin America and Europe and is the planter and lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Svitlovodsk, Ukraine. He serves as the coordinator of City to City Ukraine and is involved with training and coaching church planters. He is also a member of the board of directors of IFES in Ukraine (CCX) and is a speaker for many of their events. His desire is to see a movement of Gospel-centered, contextualized churches from multiple denominations planted in the cities of Ukraine and beyond.


Andy Weatherley

I am a church planter in Birmingham; the second largest city in the UK. I am married to Jo and we have two wonderful children. I have been involved in planting three churches and I am the director of training for 2020 Birmingham, a church planting movement for our city. I love photography and mountain biking.

2019 European Intensive Application

Thank you for your interest to apply for the 2019 European Intensive.

Please fill in all the fields and submit to us ASAP or by May 15th at the latest.

Your application will be reviewed and CTC Europe will send you an email to inform you of the next step if your application is successful.

If you have any questions, please email to info@citytocityeurope.com

Thank you!

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