The Incubator is our key two-year program to serve, train, and develop church planters and ministers in Australia.

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Students enrolled in Australian College of Theology awards may take units based on Incubator material at Ridley College and Bible College of South Australia. This material is taught by adjunct lecturers of these colleges including Dr Andrew Katay and Dr Chris Swann.

The Incubator program can also be taken for audit in these locations, as well as in Sydney, Perth, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

Each learning module addresses the specific needs of planters, including skills in thinking theologically about ministry, and growth in the various areas of ministry. Church planters go through the program during the critical phase of launching their congregations. They get practical help on writing their action plan, the philosophy of ministry, crucial ministry development, and preaching, among other topics. Ideally, this training is accompanied by coaching to encourage the planters to perform to the maximum extent of their giftedness.

For ministers and pastors who are well established, this program is a great opportunity to focus on renewal in your current ministries.



The Incubator will be running in the following locations in 2019:

  • Adelaide: Bible College SA (Audit or credit)

  • Gold Coast: NewLife Uniting Church (Audit only)

  • Sydney: St John’s Ministry Centre Ashfield (Audit only)

  • Melbourne: Ridley College (Audit or credit)

  • Perth: Subiaco Church of Christ (Audit only)

  • ***NEW*** Canberra: St Marks National Theological Centre (Audit)


how to register


Individual registration: $750 per semester

Discounted rates available for approved church groups and church planters. Contact us for more information.

NB: Participants at Bible College SA - please register with the college directly

credit students (ACCREDITED program)

Enrollment with the Australian College of Theology (ACT) for our Adelaide and Melbourne programs is through affiliated colleges of ACT. The tuition fees are set by ACT on an annual basis. More information about tuition fees is available at Please contact each college directly for further information and how to register for accreditation towards graduate awards:

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Bible College SA, Adelaide
(CRICOS Provider code: 02650E)
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Ridley College, Melbourne
(TEQSA Provider: PRV12010)
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City to City Australia is offering a peer learning experience designed to take Tim Keller’s framework for preaching and provide an environment in which it actually changes your practice of preaching.

The program is structured around two halves:

  1.  A discussion of various Keller resources on preaching, including unpublished materials

  2.  An application of this learning to actual sermons

An additional component of the Preaching Incubator is that across a period of time, members will commit to preaching the same text of Scripture on the same Sundays. This will facilitate a special experience - peer preparation, using the principles developed during the year, along with review of each others’ sermons from the vantage point of having preached the same text.

The vision is that if the principles for preaching outlined by Keller in his book actually transformed the practice of preachers in cities across Australia, the impact would be dramatic, both in winning the lost for Christ, and transforming the lives of his people.

You can enrol directly with us as an Audit student, or as credit towards a graduate award through Bible College SA (BCSA) (CRICOS Provider code: 02650E). BCSA is an affiliated college with the ACT and employs appropriately qualified City to City Australia staff to deliver the Preaching Incubator program as an accredited unit for graduate awards.

Semester 2 2019


The program will run over four Thursdays in semester 2

Venue: City to City Australia, 64 Bland St, Ashfield, Sydney (Mezzanine level)

Timing: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Dates: August 8, September 12 or 19 (TBC), October 17, and November 14

Prerequisite: Some exposure to City to City training and/or ecosystem

To find out more about the Preaching Incubator, email us at or register at the following link.

Enrollment for credit towards graduate awards is with the with the Australian College of Theology (ACT). The tuition fees are set by ACT on an annual basis. More information about tuition fees is available at Please contact BCSA directly for further information and how to register for accreditation towards graduate awards.



The International Intensive is a training program for those starting churches in global cities. It is held over two weeks in the Asia Pacific region (in May), and over five weeks in New York City (in October).

The program is designed to prepare church planters by exposing them to church planting concepts, theological resources to grow churches, leadership modules, and other church planting principles.

Participants in the Intensive are selected through an extensive recruiting and screening process.

To find out more about the Intensive, email us at


Coaching provides church planters with support, assistance and accountability. A coach helps a planter develop their church planting competencies, addresses personal life issues, and provides insights into role navigation in the church planting project in the context of a friendship. It is a process of imparting encouragement and skills to the planter in order to succeed in starting a gospel-centered church, in the context of a gospel friendship.

"Coaching may very well be the single most important ingredient for success in a new church plant. Everyone needs to learn from those who have traveled the path of life and ministry ahead of them—great benefits can be reaped from their wisdom and experience. Having someone to guide new church planters along the sometimes difficult path of ministry can be invaluable." (Logan & Johnston, Cultivating Church Multiplication Movements)

Our coach trainers are Roger Bray, Director of Coaching, and Ed Vaughan.

If you would like to be trained as a coach, visit our Coaching page for more information.