Porterbrook Missional Training launching at Kaleo

The Porterbrook Network is a developing initiative aimed at contributing to a wider church planting movement by equipping individuals and churches to rediscover mission as their DNA through training, and resourcing.

Kaleo is launching the program to students in the Southern California area.

Porterbrook: San Diego

The course is delivered through distance learning with an introductory day and 3 residential weekends throughout the year. It will require about 5 hours study each week. The full course is over two years, comprising a foundation year and advanced year. Students can join either year or both years depending on their needs and circumstances. The advanced year is for people who have had some previous theological training or experience of church leadership or have completed the foundation year.

There will be assignments to prepare for each residential weekend, either in the form of a short presentation or as a written assignment with notes for discussion. The aim is to help students keep on track, apply their learning to their context, and learn from other students who are applying the material to their church and context.
We require each student to have the support of their local church, and where possible, would look for some level of involvement from the church leader(s).

Dates 2010 – 2011
Introductory day 25th September 2010
Winter residential 3rd – 5th December 2010
Spring residential 25th – 27th March 2011
Summer residential 8th – 10th July 2011

Fees: $1,250 per year, which includes a CD of the materials, and accommodation and catering for residentials.

Below is the year one syllabus (click image to see the second year).

  • Larry Kirk

    July 23, 2010, 11:47 am

    Hey Drew, We’re launching Porterbrook too. We (Christ Community Daytona) are in a fledgling network with some guys from St. Augustine. My eldest son is heading it up at our church. We’re all pretty enthused about it. On a different note have you ever read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset?

  • D. Goodmanson

    July 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I haven’t read it. Recommended? Or because of my Scandinavia heritage? 🙂

  • Larry Kirk

    July 23, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Well your name made me think of it. I’m close to finishing it now so it has been on my mind.The author won the noble prize in literature for it in 1928. It deals with life and faith in medieval Norway. One review said it is not so much a Christian novel as a novel in which the heroine’s Christian faith is the crux of her story. I think a Christian Norseman like you might like it. Not at all like today’s Christian fiction! It has love and danger, passion and violence faith and failure, Viking types and monks honesty about life and well-written…. And It will last you a while cause it’s big but I remembered you like big books

    There is an excellent new translation out :http://www.norway.org/ARCHIVE/culture/literature/nunnally/

    Through an unusual set of circumstances I had dinner last night with Francis Chan. He described the need for and his desire to see a mean for missional training developed for launching church-planting movements. I asked him if he had heard of Porter Brook. He had not. I told him a little about Porter brook and how much it sounded like what he was wanting to develop. The main difference was he had the idea using dvd of well-known teachers as an element in the training.

    It’s always encouraging to see the good work you are doing.

    Peace and Strength, Larry

  • Zac Anderson

    July 23, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Drew, I’m part of the ‘guys in St. Augustine’ Captain Kirk is talking about. Thanks for the inspiring-ly good summary of what Porterbrook is all about.

  • D. Goodmanson

    July 27, 2010, 2:18 pm

    Thanks Larry, I do like big books I cannot lie!