What is Porterbrook?


The Porterbrook Learning curriculum was developed by Steve Timmis and Tim Chester, pastors and leaders in the UK, in response to the need for new gospel-centered churches to be planted, and existing churches to train Christians for gospel-centered mission and ministry in the local church. 

The Acts 29 church planting network acquired Porterbrook in 2016, and is delivered online through BibleMesh. 

The backbone of the Porterbrook Learning curriculum is a network of Learning Sites, which we at Porterbrook Ventura County are one of (there are currently 20+ Learning Sites across the globe). 


Accessible - designed for Christians at every level and diverse backgrounds

Practical - driving students to application and practice

Relational - enabling discipleship and mission to happen in context with local churches

Engaged - facilitating training that is culturally relevant

Flexible - adaptable to ordinary life and local training needs

Rigorous - deeply rooted in the Bible and the best of evangelical theology


Bible and Doctrine: Understanding and teaching the entire Bible

Character: Living and leading out of a gospel-transformed heart

Church: Establishing, growing and leading a community on mission

World: Understanding you ministry context and how to engage others with the Gospel.


The primary purpose of Porterbrook is to help you grow in your knowledge of the Bible, develop your character, help you see how you can contribute to the Kingdom of God, and grow in your capacity as a leader and disciple-maker. 

The curriculum is comprised of 20 courses, taught over two years (second year is optional, but encouraged). Each year is split into three trimesters. 


Trimester 1: Gospel Change, The Bible in Missional Perspective, Gospel Community, Evangelism

Trimester 2: Gospel Living, Understanding God's Story, Apologetics

Trimester 3: Gospel Relationships, Union with Christ, Engaging with Context


Trimester 1: Living the Cross and Resurrection, Bible Truth in Missional Perspective, Missional Church & Church Planting, Culture

Trimester 2: Pastoral Care Part 1, The Holy Spirit, Understanding Leadership, Christian Imagination

Trimester 3: Pastoral Care Part 2, Bible Teaching in Missional Perspective, Beyond the Church Plant, Evangelism and Social Action

How do I register?

If you're ready to jump in, that's awesome. We're excited to walk with you through Porterbrook. We're already praying for you as you're considering this. 

First, reserve your spot by registering using the button below. You will pay your Learning Site fee there, and then at a later date, you'll pay the curriculum fee directly to BibleMesh. 

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