Church Planting


Welcome to Church Planting

Pray-Partner-PlantThe vision for CPT is a New Testament church within easy reach of every person in Illinois. Our state has over 12 million people, and 8.2 million of those people have no relationship with Jesus Christ. Our team wants to work with the local churches and associations to impact those people. We believe that one of the best ways to reach them is to plant churches that will meet them in their context.

Are you interested in being a Church Planter?

We have a Church Planting Guidebook that is available to help you through our process.

Discovery Tools is another resource to help you examine your call and give some basic insights into your gifting and the skills needed to be a planter. Download the answer sheet to use with the study guide.

Want to be a Partnering Church?

The Church Planting Team is always looking for churches that would be interested in being a partnering church. We have church plants from inner city Chicago to the most rural areas of our state that need prayer partners, mission teams, and financial support. If your church is interested in partnering please click here and complete the form. You can also see the list of planters that need partners by clicking here.

If you would like more information about being a partnering church click here for resources that will help you or e-mail to sign up for the next Partners in Church Planting event.

You can also check out the places around the state that we are praying to start new work by clicking here.

Simple Church: House Church Resources from Church Planting

The following sections include a variety of resources for house church and house church network leaders. Click on the category of interest to you. If you have any comments on any of these resources, or have suggestions for additional resources, please forward such comments to

- Personal assessment tools
- Overview of the Bible, Bible study resources, systematic theology
- House church information links, functional (how to) resources
- Legal/administrative resources and guidelines
- Legal/organizational steps and resources

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Your children & church planting

As a church planting missionary for nearly 20 years, I have often pondered how we might help our children go against our self-centered culture, focus on something other than themselves, and learn to care for missionaries in general and church planters in particular. Read more

Fresh Ideas: Four steps to encourage a church planter

It can be lonely out there. When a new church is begun, its pastor may sometimes feel isolated, especially during the initial months. Read more

Pray. Partner. Plant

SEND North America: Chicago

In a city where 8.7 million people speak more than 100 languages, you can find most anything; anything, that is, except a lot of evangelical churches. Southern Baptist church planters in Chicago are trying to change that. To learn more, visit

SEND North America: St. Louis

If it was illegal, immoral, or irresponsible, Sarah Flowers had tried it. Her life was everything bad. Surely the people at Peine Ridge Church, a small congregation in St. Louis led by church planter Jason Zelmer, didn't have what it would take to turn her life around—would they? To learn more, visit

Van Kicklighter

Van KicklighterAssociate Executive Director
Church Planting Team
(217) 391-3141

Dennis Conner

Dennis ConnerDirector, Northeast Region
(312) 405-6459


John Mattingly

John MattinglyDirector, Northwest Region Church Planting
(815) 631-3896


Tim Bailey
Tim BaileySuburban Church Planting Catalyst
Northeast Region
(814) 221-4173
Eddie Pullen

Eddie PullenStrategist, Church Planting
Church Planting Team
(618) 751-0695

Jorge Melendez

Jorge MelendezStrategist, Church Planting
Church Planting Team
(630) 710-3106

John Yi

John Yi2nd Gen. Church Planting Catalyst
Northeast Region
(312) 608-0349

Rachel Carter

Rachel CarterMinistry Assistant
Church Planting
(217) 391-3101

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