What is the European intensive?

The intensive training is a two and a half week 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 and the immersion into different ministry contexts.

The training will have three 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 contextualise 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?

Where, when and who?

The European intensive will be held in three cities. We will move between Hamburg, Birmingham and Budapest and thereby get to know different cultural contexts, which will help the participants to sharpen their own cultural understanding.

The training will happen from September 7th - September 25th. 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 is ideal for church planters who are in the process of planting or will start planting within the 12 months after the training.


How much will it cost?

The participants will be responsible to pay for their travel to as well as back from the Intensive. This will mean one flight to Hamburg from their home city, as well as one flight from Budapest back home. They will be also responsible to cover for expenses for dinner.

Housing in all three cities, lunch during the day, as well as the travel between the cities will be covered by City to City Europe.

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 dinners. If money should still be a challenge, we will try our best to make it happen nonetheless.

If you want to apply it is important you fill out the full form on this website. Also its important for us that you seek a regional leader that supports you. This leader can fill out a full form on our website.


Birmingham, Hamburg, Budapest

The European intensive will be held in three cities. We will move between Hamburg, Birmingham and Budapest and thereby get to know different cultural contexts, which will help the participants to sharpen their own cultural understanding.

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First Draft of the Agenda


Saturday 7 September - Arrival Hamburg
Sunday 8 September - Visit of church services and meeting with planters

Monday 9 September - Training day
Tuesday 10 September - Training day
Wednesday 11 September - Training day
Thursday 12 September - Training day
Friday 13 September - Training day

Saturday 14 September - Travel to Birmingham
Sunday 15 September - Visit of church services and meeting with planters

Monday 16 September - Training day
Tuesday 17 September - Training day
Wednesday 18 September - Training day
Thursday 19 September - Training day
Friday 20 September - Training day

Saturday 21 September - Travel to Budapest
Sunday 22 September - Visit of church services and meeting with planters

Monday 23 September - Training day
Tuesday 24 September - Training day
Wednesday 25 September - Morning: half training day and closing.


Intensive Trainers

During the training weeks, several local trainers will work with the group of potential planters. In the following weeks, we will add several trainers.

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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