About Us

Dr. John, and Diane Worcester

John and Diane founded Church Planting Leadership (CPL) and are currently based in Southern California. They are are equipping church planters in several local church. They have raised two sets of twin sons who are all planting college ministries or churches.

The Worcester’s have been planting churches and equipping church planting leaders for over 30 years.  They have:


John and Diane have sought to follow the example of the Apostle Paul by intentionally planting one church after another.  They call this type of planting sequential planting.   As they planted these churches they apprenticed planters who have started over 20 churches additional churches.   The churches offspring have over 20,000 regularly attending.


3D Church Planting is designed to:

  • Discover the ripe, see John 4:35-38
  • Develop the reliable, II Timothy 2:2
  • Deploy leaders ready to plant, Acts 13:1-4

3D Church planting is based on the timeless cross-cultural principles of Jesus and Paul.  These principles have been contextualized and successfully applied in many cities around North American and the world.


In addition to the church planting and apprenticing planters  John has coached scores of other successful church planters in 3D church planting methods. Some planters who are are doing an exceptional job include:

  • Andy Wood, SouthBay Church, San Jose, California
  • Jeremy and Joey White, Stonewater Church, Granbury Texas
  • Brad Russel, the Grove, Titusville, Florida
  • Doug Walker, Fellowship of the Park, Keller, Texas
  • Jay Bruner, CenterPointe Church, North Richland Hills ,Texas


John has trained over 5000 church planters in 3D Church Planting methods in multi-day training sessions.  While on Saddleback staff he created a Purpose Driven Church Planting Basic Training curriculum that contextualizes and practically applied the principles of 3D Church Planting.


John has traveled to over 20 counties and trained all levels of church planting leaders.  While serving as missionaries in Moscow, Russia, for two years (1993-1995), John was responsible for the development of a two-year church planter training curriculum.  He was also the lead trainer that implemented this training curriculum that resulted in starting over 600 new churches and another 600 preaching points in the Former Soviet Union.  He has also trained planters in India, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Belarus, Latvia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippians, Myanmar, Thailand, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Canada, and New Zealand.  In 2000 and 2001 he trained over 300 International Mission Board missionaries in Eastern South America.


This new model of a church planting church in Fort Worth started ten churches in four years.   John recruited, assessed, coached, and trained, and supervised the church planters who became part of the Team Church orchard of churches. Team Church met on Sunday PM and sent out teams on Sunday AM to serve their planters.  Members went on weekly “mini-mission trips” to with children’s ministry, evangelism, and worship in the church plants.  Now over 6000 people are attending the these TEAM CHURCH plants or their offspring.


“John Worcester is a rare breed.  He combines a heart for pastors with the latest research in church planting.  Since his experience is both national and international, there are few persons as equipped as John to train planters.”   Ed Stetzer, Lifeway

“Over the thirty years I have known John Worcester, he has shown himself to be a man of integrity and of a sincere walk with the Lord.  His training is extremely practical yet applicable to a wide array of church planting situations.”   Harold Bullock, Hope Church, Ft. Worth, Texas

“John knows as much about the realities of church planting as anyone I know.  I’ve watched him plant church after church for 30 years.  John has trained ordinary, imperfect people to plant churches with great results!  He provides the distilled wisdom of a seasoned veteran and to ignore his advice would be foolish.””     Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

“People come and go – but some stay and sow seeds and are busy harvesting their whole life – that’s John Worcester.  John is a great, teacher, trainer, mentor, consultant for church planting and church planters.  He has a breadth of experience that started in the US but has taken him around the world.  I commend him to you and believe in him.  I’m always excited when young planters I know are connecting with him.”   Bob Roberts, Northwood Church, Glocal Net

“John and Diane have a genuine heart for those without Christ.  They live simply, sacrificially, and strategically…focusing resources on raising up future leaders and planters, while seeking out local, national and international opportunities to spread the Gospel.  For 25 years, we have seen them consistently launch, influence and encourage the multiplication of Kingdom effort.” Phil & Anne Herrington, Pathways Church, Santee, CA

“No one understands complexities and challenges of church planting better than John Worcester.  I mean no one!  He is a practitioner with experience in both attractional and missional models of church planting.  He’s done it, so he actually knows what he’s talking about.”  Shawn Lovejoy, Lead Pastor, MountainLakeChurch.org, ChurchPlanters.com

“It is my privilege to write about the church planting training conducted in our region among our missionaries. John Worcester taught all of the missionaries in our region about church planting from a Purpose-Driven perspective.  Due to the enthusiastic response from our missionary church-planting practitioners, I invited John to write a new course for this year.   Purpose-Driven Church Planting II was a huge success.  The evaluations this year were even better than last year (and they were wonderful last year).  Missionary after missionary wrote that this training helped them with the practical, “how to” aspects of starting multiple churches. Many said that this training was the best church planting training they had received in their careers.  I agree.”  Robin Hadaway, Former Regional Leader for Eastern South America of the International Mission Board (IMB)


  • High School, 1969, Wellington, Ohio.  Honor Society, State Champion Pole Vault
  • University of Florida. 1974, BA Psychology, track scholarship
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity, 1978
  • Doctor of Ministry at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000





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