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 Church Planter Incubator is a 2 year training program (meets 8 times a year) that focuses on process, relationship and reflective practice instead of merely understanding new concepts. 

Who is the Target audience?

The Incubator is for current church planters who have already been assessed and approved for church planting.

When does the incubator start?

Incubators usually start once a year. Connect with us to find out the next time we are launching the next program.

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 12 -15 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 program is modeled after Redeemer City to City's program in New York City.  It is 16 learning modules over 2 years meeting monthly in a cohort.  These modules are led by certified 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?

Yes, a majority of it though is covered by grants and donations from supporters locally and abroad.  However every planter is required to pay $2,000 for the training. Payment plans are available, 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 program.

What is the application process?

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.)

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