1) What happens in a typical monthly gathering?
- 9:30-10:00 Cypress Perspective (encouragement and vision from Isaiah 55)
- 10:00-12:00 Think Different: The Theology and Application of 8 essential missionary principles for your city
- 12:00-2:00 Guest Planter/Leader: Speaking from different stages; passions; ‘successes’ and ‘failures’
- 2:00-3:30 Act Different: Best practices and tools in the 5 essential tracks for a planter/pastor to run on
- Monthly gatherings are very interactive using a presenter/faciltator style while engaging leaders in two’s and three’s to both think through principles and get practices on paper for your context.
2) Can I bring team members?
- Yes. We encourage it. We want to help you make a difference in your city and team members hearing and processing these key principles and practices will move you forward faster.
- You will have ALL monthly session dates and topics well before our first session, so that you can invite key team members to areas they are responsible for or most passionate about.
- We encourage you not to bring more than two team members to a session. When the room gets too full or your team is too big, then your interaction with other lead planters/pastors is effected.
- If you have a primary church planting ‘partner’ (co-planter or other point leader), we recommend they come to all the sessions with you.
3) What happens between monthly gatherings?
- One on One Life Coaching: six sessions for each lead planter/pastor via phone; to coach you through a couple of key issues you choose; and, to expose you to coaching skills that you can use with others.
- Collaboration Triads: Meet with two other leaders from your Cypress group and one Cypress alum/local pastor who is a few steps ahead; for strategic coaching in applying what you are learning.
- Monthly Assignments: You will leave each session with an assignment in each of the five tracks. You can engage on whatever level you choose, but the assignments build on each other over the eight months to move you forward in each of the tracks – toward launching or re-missioning a church.
- Reading: You will be given a number of helpful books and articles over the eight sessions. A few are critical to our discussion at the monthly sessions. Others you can engage on whatever level you choose.
We also want to encourage the wife of the leader through:
- Participation in a ninth/last session focused on the family and facilitated by a guest couple.
- A great lunch and connection time with other planter/pastor wives.
- Some groups offer coaching to planters/pastors wives (female coach).
- Everything is included in the fee: all Cypress materials; other books/articles; guest speakers; meals; life coaching (for you and for your wife, based on available female coaches); travel for presenters; two day kick off; etc.
- The Cypress fee covers actual cost of the above items plus $200 to $300 to help with Cypress coaching in other countries and the larger Cypress vision in the Carolinas to support and encourage planters throughout the year.
- No one affiliated with Cypress is making a ‘living’ off Cypress groups. They are supported by partner churches who believe that the local church must drive the movement, if we are to impact our city.
- Scholarships: some scholarships are usually available. You can also pay the fee over the eight months. Most important to us is getting the right guys in the process with each other for their city.
6) Is Cypress ‘affiliated’ with any particiular group?
Cypress is not affiliated with any particular group and no one is required to ‘affiliate’ with Cypress. Coaching groups are made up of guys coming from different denominations and/or networks. Our goal is for the ‘city’ to bring guys around the table from different groups so they learn and collaborate together for the good of their city. Cypress is not trying to form a network that competes with the ‘affliiations’ that leaders currently have. Cypress is grassroots, local church driven and focused on impacting the lostness of our city through equipping the individual leader to be more effective as a missionary to their city and encouraging collaboration to reach their city together.