FAQ for Pastors Intensive


Will I get to interact with Francis Chan if I come?

It is Francis’ desire to share his experiences and heart.  However, his schedule varies due to travel and ministry.  While his hope is to spend some time with each class, there is no guarantee. Francis has been heavily involved in the forming of this program and in selecting who would do the teaching and leading.

how long is the application process?

Once we have your application and references, we work hard to inform you of your acceptance within a week, but sometimes it may take up to two weeks.

What about housing?

The Church Intensive has a limited number of open beds for each session. It is important that if you wish to stay on-site with us that you let us know as soon as possible. Recommended housing with The Church Intensive:

  • Housing at a pastor’s house ($250 USD per person for shared room)

  • Check-in on Saturday, Check-out on Friday

You are welcome to find your own accommodations.  Be aware that cost of living is extremely high in San Francisco, so we’ve tried to provide options that will be more affordable and near where we will be meeting at.

Can I bring my spouse and/or kids?

Yes you can, however it will be up to you to figure out logistics and plans for your family while you are engaged in the program. We are unable to house families on-site.  Also we do not allow family members to attend the Church Intensive sessions unless they also have submitted an application and been accepted.     

Should I rent a car for my time there?

It’s up to you.  If you choose to stay in one of our recommended housing situations, you will either be living near where we do classes or near where we do our outreaches.  It’s about a 15 minute drive from our class location to where we do outreach.  If you choose to not rent a car, you will be able to either catch a ride with someone else or order an Uber when you aren’t able to get a ride.  Feel free to ask us more about this after you are accepted if you want to learn more about your options.

Can someone pick me up from the airport?

Unfortunately we won’t be able to accommodate airport pick ups. If you are not renting a car, we recommend taking an Uber or a Lyft from the airport to your housing destination.

What is provided?

The schedule, class materials, and teaching are all included in the cost of the program. Transportation, food, housing, and other such items will be up to you.  We are available to help give advice on these items though.

What can I do to prepare for my time there?

A few weeks before your arrival you will receive a syllabus with material to go through.  This material (readings and sermons) will be discussed in the classes while you are here.  In the meantime, please order the book Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis as it will be a part of the material we go through as well as will help you start preparing for what to expect during your time here.