Church Intensive




a note from francis

Haven't you always been a bit confused about Church?  You read about the unstoppable power, miraculous love, and outrageous sacrifice of the first church.  Then you wonder if it is even possible for the church today.  

We believe it is not only possible, but it is promised and commanded.  And we want to invite you to dream with us and hopefully reignite your hope for the church.  Join us to take a fresh look at the Scriptures, and experience how we pursue these biblical ideals for church in San Francisco.

Our church is far from perfect, but we are beginning to experience some of the blessings promised in Scripture.  Our hope is to encourage you along your journey.  Through our Church Intensive, you can engage in classes taught by pastors of We Are Church, participate in our house church gatherings, hit the streets with us to reach out to the community, and refocus in prayer both personally and together.


what is church intensive?

The Church Intensive is an experience for pastors and future pastors to study ecclesiology alongside of We Are Church, the church planting network started by Francis Chan in 2013. 

Church Intensive Tracts:

4 day: Our four day intensive is for men currently in leadership positions with a church.  The purpose is to help those leaders think through church Biblically, be exposed to our approach here in SF, and think through what changes might be necessary in their leadership over their current churches. All day Sunday and Wednesday night will be spent joining with one of our house churches. Monday through Wednesday some of our elders and pastors will lead discussion-based training in  small groups. We will talk through the Biblical vision of church as well as structural decisions and methodology that We Are Church has implemented. This session will be smaller and involve more face time with elders and pastors of We Are Church than the 15 day for the sake of prioritizing conversations about leadership over the church.

15 day: Our fifteen day intensive is for those who have planted a church, are planning to plant, or are praying about planting. The purpose is to walk through what would be necessary Biblically for planting a church and painting a vision for what that could look like.  Each fifteen day group will live out the vision of the church together during their time by living in community, loving each other deeply, developing strategies for evangelism together, studying the Bible together, and praying together regularly. Attendees will also join with a local house church during their time to observe how they function as well as receive daily teaching from an elder or pastor with We Are Church.


who can come?

4 day: This is for men who are currently serving as a pastor or elder within their church or men who are in other forms of church leadership and sense a calling to be a pastor in the near future.  Pastors who are accepted into the Intensive can also have someone else from their church (male or female) apply to join them.

15 day: Anyone who feels led to pursue church planting can apply for this session.  It does not require applicants to hold a position in a church, but it is specifically geared toward those who are looking to take what is learned here and apply it in the near future in the context of church leadership.

If you do not qualify for either of these Intensives, we are continually seeking to build out our website to offer resources that can be helpful to learn more.


the experience

4 day: This session will be very heavy on discussion with one or two of our elders.  Topics include the importance of godly character in leadership, the difference between commands from God and man made traditions, the importance of our love for one another, the cost of discipleship fleshed out in the local church, the power of everyone using their gifts in the body, as well as a look into the vision and practices of We Are Church.  These topics are fleshed out in discussion format led by a WAC elder. Groups will also spend Sunday with a house church to experience the simplicity and love in the gatherings here and do evangelism with some of our leaders.

15 day: Compared to the 4 day, this session will be more focused on living out the values that are discussed.  Rather than just talking about the importance of loving each other, we desire to have each group experience depth of love for each other in order to show what is possible and how it can be pursued in the context of the local church.  Our hope is to talk through practically how one might go about planting a church and walk through that process together.



4-Day Intensive

Cost $400 (housing not included)


Upcoming Dates:

June 17-20

July 8-11

July 15-18

July 22-25

August 5-8

August 12-15

August 19-22

15-day Intensive

Cost $1000 (includes housing)


Upcoming Dates:

July 11-July 26

August 1-16

All other sessions are currently full. Due to high demand, we can only process applications for dates listed on this website. No other dates have been solidified, but once they are, they will be posted on this page. 

Are you wondering about the schedule? Other questions? See if they are answered here in our FAQ page:

Frequently Asked Questions