Cornerstone Collective Church Planter Residency
The Cornerstone Collective is a communion of churches partnering together in the gospel to advance the mission of God across Merseyside. One of the main focuses of our partnership is to plant churches that plant churches.
To this end the Church Planter Residency exists to advance the gospel across Merseyside and beyond by equipping those whom God has called to be part of planting and multiplying gospel centred churches for the glory of God, the advance of the Church and the good of our region.
The Cornerstone Collective Residency will equip residents with the experience and resources necessary to plant churches across our region and beyond.
Our hope as a communion of churches is that we would spark a church planting movement that makes the gospel of Jesus known. We desire to saturate every part of our region with Churches made up of gospel centred communities who live for and speak of our glorious saviour.
Why Join our Residency?
Our residency is highly relational and centred around a commitment to provide experience, direction and oversight to the goal of seeing churches planted for the glory of God.
The residency is rooted in the local church with a big vision. With an environment to learn, grow and experience we strive to best prepare and equip you for the task God has called you to.
While we are a small story in God’s grand story of redemption the Collective of Churches seeks to pool together experience and expertise in a way that best serves and fuels the planting of churches.
What will the Residency cover?
The Residency will seek to best equip and prepare the planter through the following areas:
- Content - We don’t seek to be an academic theological school but rather to create the environment through real life experience to understand how your theological training actually works it self out on the ground of church planting. Through reading, experience and planter workshops you will be able to consider and form principles and frameworks that will serve you well in planting your church.
- Character - You will be based in a local church where you will submit to that eldership and oversight. Submission will be an exercise in patience and humility. While serving within this local church the residency leaders in partnership with the local elders will seek to test and sharpen your character with a personalised growth plan. With the goal that prior to planting the local church can affirm your character, calling and competency.
- Context - We are convinced that leaders emerge and nothing will best prepare you but through serving in the body in a non-leadership capacity to live out your convictions and theology within the bride of Christ. This will grow in to opportunities to serve in capacities such as leading teams, gospel communities, preaching where your competency in pastoral care and leadership will be tested. All of this will come with regular feedback and direction from your local eldership and the residency leaders.
- Coaching - As well as a Residency mentor you will be appointed a gospel coach to ensure intentional gospel conversations that focus on your relational, personal, missional and spiritual life in the context of Church Planting. We use qualified CCM Gospel Coaches.
- Wives - We know that the health of the marriage of the planter is integral to the planting of churches. While there is no role biblically of a church planters wife we do see the importance of your wife being equipped and prepared for the rigours of church planting. There will be opportunity through the year where your wife will spend time with other wives of church planters to share experience and insight. We also encourage some specific reading that we believe will help equip and prepare you as a couple and family.
How will it be financed?
Cornerstone Collective will provide a £10,000 bursary and will cover all training and personal expenses as part of the residency. Any further financial needs are to be self funded. Cornerstone Collective will support and provide training on fund raising if needed.
Our Residency is affirmed and endorsed by Acts 29 and FIEC. All Collective planters will go through Acts 29 Assessment at the appropriate time.
Steve Robinson led the team that replanted Ramilies Road Chapel now Cornerstone Liverpool in 2009. Since then Cornerstone Liverpool has planted 2 churches across Merseyside and raised up leaders and planters further afield. Steve is the Director of the Cornerstone Collective and has been involved in a number of church planting contexts including Acts 29 and coaching Church Planters across the UK.
Josh Walsh is the Pastor of Cornerstone Church Wirral which he along with a team planted in 2013. Now an established church that has already planted another church on the Wirral. Josh has experience of both planting churches and raising up leaders to plant churches. As well as assessing and coaching planters in the Acts 29 Network and other contexts, Josh oversees the Church Planter Residency as well as being part of the Directional Leadership Team of the Cornerstone Collective.
To find out further information or express interest in joining the residency then fill out this form
Testimonials from past and present Residents
“The Cornerstone Collective has provided a robust arena for me to be trained, equipped and assessed as a planter and has provided the support and strength needed for our congregation to be established. The ongoing investment in training and resourcing is helping us maximise our missional impact and the relational communion that we enjoy as a church in the Collective ensures that we have the right amount of care and support as we grow. Without the support of the Collective we would definitely not have planted Liberti Church as effectively and efficiently as what we have.” Neil Forsythe - Pastor of Liberti Church, Lark Lane
"I have been on the church planting residency for around 6 months and have been massively blessed by the ability to have regular contact with various members of the team who have ‘been there and done it’. I have been allocated a mentor and a coach, a reading plan, regular reviews and a commitment to honest friendships that spur me on as I look ahead to planting a church in the next 12 months or so. As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another, I can testify that this is a robust sharpening process that I highly recommend." George Osborn - Church Planting Resident
"The church plant residency has been a fantastic way to help put my theological convictions into practice. It is both theologically robust but also wonderfully practical in working out what it actually looks like on the ground to plant a church. The residency helps you hone in on what it actually looks like to to plant and lead a God glorifying healthy church. We had the joy of planting Rooted Church in September. This was only possible with the continued support and training not just for me the planter but for my family and the team." Dave Piper - Pastor of Rooted Church, South Wirral