Why an Urban Church Planting Bootcamp?

We believe the time has come in Cleveland for a new chapter in urban church planting.


The Transform216 School of Urban Church Planting trains, equips, encourages, and supports Christian workers in Cleveland and beyond to plant healthy, reproducing churches among in urban communities. Our training specifically equips teams to reach under-resourced communities. Planting Teams receive coaching by seasoned urban church planters who assist in developing a plan for your new church’s structure, services, outreaches, finances, discipleship and leadership development.

We train leaders from the city for leadership to the city
God is preparing men and women from our city to be leaders like none we’ve seen before! These disciples love the Lord, know their culture, neighborhood and community like the back of their hand.  The challenges of communicating the Gospel across “barriers” of race, culture, language and economics disappear when we equip local disciples to lead! The most important thing the Church can do is see, legitimize, equip and support the city leaders God already has in mind!

Training that respects your tradition and doctrine
BHITC and its partners believe churches must retain the doctrinal distinctives in the city church plants they support or sponsor. Our “Bootcamp training” focuses on the essential beliefs that unify all Christians, as well as practical know-how in launching a new church.

Church planting to unify and renew the church in the city
City church plants are a good thing, but we also believe that they need to be connected to the many existing and long-faithful congregations in our community. Whether you’re the leader of an existing city congregation in the city, or will be planting something new, join in the citywide planning and prayer conversations with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

World Impact Partnership

Welcome to Cleveland, World Impact!
Over the past 40 years, World Impact has pioneered city ministry leader development.  In just the past three years, they’ve trained over 150 urban church plant teams to reach many American cities. Denominations and churches of all stripes have embraced World Impact’s approach at equipping urban ministry teams.  That know-how now comes to Cleveland through a new partnership with Building Hope in the City.

Learn more about World Impact here.

2020 Bootcamp School Dates

The 2020 Bootcamp will not be held this year, as planned.  However, if you are a planter and you would like support now, you can connect with BHITC at (216) 281-4673 or moreurbanchurches@buildinghopeinthecity.org. Look for the 2021 Bootcamp dates coming soon!

Location: Building Hope in the City’s offices
3274 West 58th St., Cleveland, OH 44102

Bootcamp Registration fee (includes most meals)
$300 for Church Planter/Pastor
$150 for each Church Plant Team Member up to 5
Note: Each planter must attend Bootcamp with no fewer than 3 people from his/her core team.

BHITC recommends the Cleveland Hostel as a low-cost option for out-of-town Bootcamp Teams.  The Hostel has private and shared room options to meet most budgets. Learn more here: http://www.theclevelandhostel.com

What will you receive by enrolling?

  • ASSESSMENT – Understand your team’s strengths and opportunities for greater effectiveness.
  • TEAM TRAINING – 20+ hours of “Bootcamp” school with other local planting teams on the fundamentals of launching a new church, as well as 500-page guidebook from World Impact for starting your new church.
  • COACHING – Up to three years of personalized coaching for teams as they plant new city churches in Cleveland.

Begin the Bootcamp application process

Get more information

By providing us this basic information, we’ll know that you’re interested in learning more or will be registering for our next Bootcamp.

Register for Bootcamp

You may begin the application process by providing the information about your Team members and submitting payment.  Information about all Team members will be needed in order to complete registration.

Each team attending Bootcamp must include 1.) a Planter/Pastor Leader, and 2.) a minimum of two (2) other Team members (a max of 4).

Follow this link to register and submit credit/debit card payment. If you wish to pay by check, please contact BHITC at (216) 281-4673 for assistance.

Church Planter Online Assessment

All Lead Pastors/Planters enrolling in Bootcamp will be provided a personal assessment of their spiritual leadership and church planting aptitude. The initial assessment is free of charge. Please follow this link to take your assessment.


All Lead Pastors/Planters enrolling in Bootcamp will be asked to provide references from a pastor, spouse (if applicable) and ministry peer.  Once you have registered officially, you will receive the Reference forms from us by email.

Got questions?

Contact us at (216) 281-4673 or moreurbanchurches@buildinghopeinthecity.org.