Tony merida

The Christ-Centered Church: A Redeemed People Focused on Gospel, Community, and Mission.

6-months, Limited to 12 people

"I'll help you holistically lead your community with a Christ-Centered vision and framework."

$155/month or $900


Session Overview

1) Exalting Christ from the Scriptures. In this session we will consider the “what” and “why” and “how” of Christ-Centered teaching and preaching. We will discuss the need to make the hero of Scripture (Jesus), the hero of every message.

2) Experiencing Biblical Community. The church is not a building we visit, nor an event we attend, but a people to whom we belong. We will discuss the nature of the Christian community, the importance of it, and how to cultivate a people who care for one another well.

3) Network Evangelism. How can we make the good news known to our neighbors, friends, and co-workers? We will discuss how to live every day with gospel intentionality among the people that God has sovereignly placed in our lives. 

4) Planting Churches. Why plant churches? We will answer this question, as well provide some thoughts on the nuts and bolts of church planting: core team development, launching, small group formation, fundraising, identifying a meeting place, the unique challenge of preaching in a church planting context, and more. 

5) Practicing Hospitality. The ministry of hospitality is an undervalued Christian practice. By doing it, we can show mercy to those in need, as well as have meaningful gospel conversations with people. We will talk about some ways to do this faithfully and contextually. 

6) Caring for the Vulnerable. This session will seek to apply James 1:27 – caring for orphans and widows in their affliction. We will consider the “what,” “why,” and “how” of caring for the vulnerable, as a people who have experienced God’s adopting grace. 


About Tony

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He’s also the Content Director for Acts 29, producing blogs, podcasts, and other resources on church planting.

Tony, a former seminary professor, is a visiting professor at various schools, has an extensive itinerant ministry, and has written several books including The Christ-Centered Expositor, Ordinary, Orphanology, and eight volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series.

He is happily married to Kimberly, and they have five adopted children. You can follow Tony on Twitter here. 

Who is this for?

  • Church Planters

  • Pastors

  • Ministry Leaders

  • Motivated Church Members

What do I get?

  • 6 live monthly video calls with your small group, 2 hours of teaching and Q/A (via Zoom Meeting)

  • Private online community (via Slack) to collaborate with Tony and group (12 people max)

  • 1 60-minute coaching call with Tony

  • Access to video sessions, to rewatch or
    if you missed a call

What do I invest?

  • $155 / month or $900 one-time payment. (USD)

  • Participation on live video calls for at least 5 of 6 months

  • Engagement in ‘Slack’ online community, sharing questions, ideas, and goals

  • Read books or articles Tony recommends for the sessions

The Steps

1. Apply and pay registration before the group is full (12 spots). 

2. We set you up in your online group, where you can ask questions and connect (via 

3. Start 1st video call on March 9th, growing with Tony over 6 months and becoming who God wants you to be.

SESSION: March - August 2018 

Here is the group session schedule: From Noon-2PM EST, on Fridays, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th, June 1st, July 20th,  August 10th. If you can't make a session, you will have access to a video recording. 

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