What is it?

Our 4-day intensive is for those currently in leadership positions with a church as well as those who are preparing to plant a church soon.  The purpose is to help those leaders think through church Biblically, be exposed to our approach here in in the San Francisco Bay Area, and think through what changes might be necessary in their leadership. All day Sunday 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. These sessions will be small and involve face time with elders and pastors of We Are Church for the sake of prioritizing conversations about leadership over the church.

who can come?

This is primarily only for two types of people. First, it is for those who are currently serving in the highest level of leadership in their church and are looking for guidance on possible changes in decisions in the leadership of that church. Second, it is for those who are praying about and looking toward starting a home based, multiplying church in the near future. Those who are accepted into the Intensive can also have someone else from their church apply to join them, though that person would need to apply and be accepted as well.*

the experience

The Church Intensive 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 discussed in a small group format led by a WAC elder or pastor. 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.


$350 (housing not included)

Housing available for an additional $40 per night

We don't want money to be a barrier for anyone coming to the Church Intensive. If you are unable to raise the funds you can apply for a scholarship towards the program fee by filling out this applicationPlease ensure you have completed the program application before applying for a scholarship.

upcoming dates

January 20-23 | FULL

January 27-30 | FULL

February 3-6 | FULL

February 10-13 | FULL

February 17-20 | FULL

February 24-27 | FULL

March 3-6

March 10-13

March 17-20

March 24-27

April 7-10

April 14-17

April 28-May 1

*future dates will be posted as they get nailed down



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


PLEASE READ: Based on our best attempt to understand Scripture, we believe that the responsibility of teaching men and having spiritual authority over men is specifically for men only (1 Timothy 2). Because of this, all of our elders and pastors at We Are Church are men. We know that many of our brothers and sisters in the Lord do not have the same interpretation of Scripture as we do, so we want to be clear ahead of time where we land on this issue. It will not be a focus in our teaching during the Intensive, but it does sometimes come up during discussions. With that said, we accept both men and women into our Church Intensives.