Welcome to The Art of The Start!

Please complete the THREE steps below before coming to the 3-day training. 

Going through all of the steps below will take 5+ hours, do not wait to get started.

Keep that in mind as you’re planning your time so you are prepared and ready to begin the on-site time together. If you have any questions, email

Step 1:

Required Readings

(You do not need to complete these readings prior to enrolling in the online course)

  1. Read Part 1 of The Discipleship Gospel by Bill Hull & Ben Sobels
  2. Read chapters 11-17 of Church Unique by Will Mancini
  3. Church Unique Visual Summary
  4. Case Study – Bugs Burger
  5. Case Study – Cleveland Clinic
Step 2:

Complete the online portion of The Art of The Start

  1. Enroll in the course.
  2. Complete 100% of the coursework & assignments.

Support Raising:

*You do NOT need to complete this step prior to The Art of The Start

This Support Raising course, designed by Nexus: Church Planting & Leader Care, is to get you started in raising up partners to help fund your vision. Phil Claycomb and Nick Grim will guide you through the best practices of effective fundraising.

Know a church or someone interested in church planting? Send them our way!