• What does the Church Planters Academy cost?

    $145 before March 31, 2013 and $195 after.

    This includes registration and mid-day snacks. Meals and housing are on your own.


    Where is the Church Planters Academy being held?

    The Church Planters Academy will take place in beautiful South Minneapolis at the newly renovated Solomon’s Porch Training Center, within walking distance of numerous great restaurants and the Minneapolis chain-of-lakes.


    Where should I stay?

    Hotels can be found on major bus and driving routes within a 4 mile distance of the Solomon’s Porch facility.

    There is no official “conference hotel” for the Church Planters Academy, we have found it to work better for you to use a search engine like  kayak.comPriceline.com (Priceline details below), or others to find the best price and type of hotel that fits you. This often allows for cheaper rates than we can organize and allows you the freedom to choose the location and quality you are interested in. Hotels near South Minneapolis, Downtown, MSP airport will all be within 15 minutes driving distance.

    If you are interested in our suggestion of particular hotels we recommend the

    Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel:
    2.9 miles 9 minutes driving. Bus option 24 minutes. A hearty 58 minute walk with simple directions.

    The Westin, Edina Galleria:
    5.4 miles from Solomon’s Porch. 10 minute drive. Driving is required from this location.

    Many people have had success using Priceline and making their own bid for a 4 star hotel at the $79 rate.

    To use Priceline.com:
    Go to the Name Your Own Price area on the main page.
    Enter the dates of your stay.
    Enter Minneapolis for the city.
    This will bring up a map with 18 areas.
    Check boxes 6 and 10
    Enter $79 as your bid.
    You will need to give them the credit card to charge the purchase and if one of the 4 star hotels accepts the bid they will charge your card immediately.
    We believe you will find a quality hotel for the $79 bid (this is not a guarantee that you will).


    How should I get around?

    Public transportation in Minneapolis is decent — you can take busses to get just about anywhere, but sometimes it takes a while. Many attendees will choose to rent a car — the event’s Facebook group is a great place to arrange the sharing of rental cars.


    Who should come to the Church Planters Academy?

    This gathering is designed for those who are exploring starting new churches, but it is also for those who have already planted a new community of faith. The event is designed to facilitate learning for individuals and groups. So, if you are part of a team who are starting something together this event may be for you. It is for both denominational types — those who are a part of new church development teams — and for free-range church planters. We’ll have both types as instructors.


    Is this more than an event?

    We are designing CPA as the start of an ongoing set of relationships in the development of new churches. These relationships may include resources, coaching, mentorship, denominational consulting. This future will depend greatly on those in attendance at this initial event.