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 two weeks, but sometimes it may take longer if we are lacking information or if we have a surge of applications. This process can also be delayed if there is incomplete information on your application or if the references provided do not respond.
Schedule for the 4-Day Intensive:
Schedule for the 2-Day Intensive:
what does the schedule look like?
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 have been accepted. We encourage pastors attending the Church Intensive to have their wives also apply to come if they like. We do have a limited amount of spaces available, but have seen that it is beneficial for couples to come together.
Should I rent a car for my time there?
It’s up to you. 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 a Lyft/Uber when you aren’t able to get a ride. Class locations have limited, free street parking available. 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 a Lyft or Uber 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 and recommend resources such as Airbnb, VRBO, Lyft, Uber, etc.
What can I do to prepare for my time there?
Upon acceptance, you will receive a syllabus with material to go through. This material (readings and sermons) will be discussed in the classes during your session. 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.