The Church Planting Academy of Ghana, West Africa
The Church Planting Academy of Ghana will have two Academies: one in Accra and one in Kumasi. The goal for the first year is to train twenty students (ten in each of the academies) who will plant ten new churches. Each student must be able to live on campus for one month. This requires them to leave their jobs and homes and devote themselves entirely to planting new churches. Every student will be asked to choose a church planting partner. The two partners will team up to study and develop a church planting strategy and afterwards be sent out two-by-two to implement the strategy.
The Academy is a combination between a spiritual boot camp and a church-planting intensive course. The goal is to thoroughly ingrain students in the fundamental spiritual dynamics necessary to sustain themselves in the challenges of planting new churches.
Global Missions Executive Director Vince McCarty suggested Rich Kopp (founder of the Academy) develop a self–help project which could sustain this new program. Ghanaian Field Director Okai Commey and Rich Kopp decided that a poultry farm would be the most viable and sustainable option to accomplish that task. Ghana boasts many fast-food restaurants; therefore chickens are in demand, especially with the shortage of chicken farmers.
- Train twenty students the first year (ten in each of the two academies) who will plant ten new churches.
- Raise approximately $58,000 to cover the costs of the first-year launch including the poultry farm. All of the money raised will go directly to the Academy. Costs include the building or leasing of the two academy buildings; hiring local staff; the purchase of Bibles, books, and computers; support for the students during their first year of church planting; and operating costs for the poultry farm.
- To be financially self-sustaining through a poultry farm. The poultry farm, which can be started for around $10,000, will eventually produce funding for the church plants.