We're excited that you're interested in the church planter training City To City Miami has to offer. Below you will find details about what to expect and how you can be a part of this learning opportunity.  

What is the Incubator? 

The Incubator is a cohort for church planters that gathers 4 times a year in a retreat style setting (2days/1 night) and focuses on relationship, process and reflective practice instead of merely understanding new concepts or methods.  You will discover a community of friends that will last a lifetime, design a plan that makes sense for your context, and develop a theological vision that will catalyze your church for the next 20 years.

Watch this replay of the webinar about the upcoming 2019 incubator:

Who is the Target audience?

The Incubator is for current church planters in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County in the pre-launch phase or up to their 3rd year post launch. The pre-requisite is that you should have already been assessed and approved for church planting. Spouses and/or a team member are welcome to join as well.

When does the incubator start?

New incubator cohorts start annually. Connect with us to find out the next time we are launching the next program.

The next incubator is starting Fall 2019.

Do I have what it takes to be a church planter?

Planting a new church is a ministry requiring special gifts, abilities, experiences and calling distinct from typical pastoral ministry. Take this simple self-assessment, to see if you should process further.

How many church planters will be accepted?

To ensure a quality training dynamic, we usually allow a maximum of 20 church planters per cohort.  If you apply and we are already full, you can submit your application for the following cohort when it launches. 

What does the training look like?

The Incubator cohort is modeled after Redeemer City to City's cohort in New York City and is constantly being shaped by our context.  It is 16 modules, meeting in a retreat style setting 4 times (2 days / 1 night) a year for 2 years.  These modules are led by local, national and global certified Redeemer City to City instructors. To see the descriptions for each learning module, click here.

What do the learning modules address? 

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 reach the maximum extent of their giftedness.

What other training or coaching is provided? 

Our aim is to work with your sponsoring church or denomination to ensure ongoing hands on learning while participating in the Incubator.  Learning is best done when practical in-the-field experience is combined with the cohort learning environment.  If you are not connected to a sponsor church, network, or denomination let us know and we will work with you to find the best solution.

Who are the trainers?

  • Miami based trainers:  Felipe Assis, Jesse Carbo, Rick Hunter, Muche Ukebu, Jose Prado, & Brad Jones

  • New York City based trainers: John Thomas,  Robert Elkin, & Robert Guerrero 

Is there a cost for the training?

The entire cost for the training is $4000. This includes all the costs for the retreats/lodging, materials, and trainers time. However, through generous grants and donations we are able to scholarship 50% of the costs for each participant.  

We understand that $2000 is still a significant amount, so limited additional scholarships are available on a case by case basis. Email Jesse Carbo for more info:

Also, we have made it possible to pay small monthly payments

Click here for Payment plans, or discounts are provided for payments in full

What theological or denominational affiliation must I belong to in order to participate?

City to City Miami is an interdenominational training organization.  Anyone from various theological or denominational backgrounds can apply and participate in the Incubator cohort.

In other words, even though Tim Keller is a Presbyterian ordained pastor…this is not a Presbyterian training. We have church planters from various denominations and networks.

What is the application process?

NOW Accepting Applications for Church Planters in Broward & Palm Beach County!!!

1.  Fill out the application.  There is a section for your spouse if applicable.

2.  Phone Interview with the Executive Director of City to City Miami. (We’ll reach out once we process your application.)


Fall 2019 - 

October 2 & 3 - Miami  (Special Guest:  Dr. Timothy Keller) 

December 9 & 10 - Ft. Lauderdale (Special Guest:  TBA)

Spring 2020 - 

March - West Palm Beach - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

June - Location TBD - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

Fall 2020 - 

September - Location TBD - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

December - Location TBD - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

Spring 2021 - 

March- Location TBD - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

June - Location TBD - 2 Day/1 Night Retreat (Dates: TBD)

If you have more questions about the training, please email Jesse Carbo at