The plan called for each pastor to oversee the personal training of the apprentice. He was to give the young man a “laboratory” for learning to pastor a church.
The “laboratory” was a real church, a small group of people meeting in a house or in some other place. The apprentice was sent out to pastor this group.
From time to time the apprentice would receive special assignments from his sponsoring pastor. These assignments were tasks such as reading certain books, listening to tapes, attending meetings or participating in seminars. Week by week the apprentice would fulfill the assignments given by his pastor-teacher.
The vision for multiplication would take place as each apprentice was taught to also sponsor another man out of his own congregation. Thus the vision of a church planting movement was becoming fulfilled.