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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Church Planting Rendezvous

Learn what it means to a praying, partnering, planting church and how to practically implement within your ministry.

  • The Power Behind Church Planting (Praying Churches)
  • The Essentials of Church Planting (Partnering Churches)
  • The Expectations of Starting New Works (Planting Churches)
  • Developing Personal Disciplines: Preparing for the Battle

August 19, 2017
8:30am-1:30 pm
Woodland Baptist Church, Peoria, IL

Lunch provided for all who attend

Register now 

For more information, email or call (217) 391-310.1

ChicaGO Week


7/23-28 Judson University, Elgin

ChicaGO is for students, junior high through college, who have a desire to make an impact for Christ in the Chicagoland mission field. During the week, teens will serve in Chicago alongside church planters working in various parts of the city while enjoying the connection of a large youth event. The event is offered in partnership with Judson University. Cost: $290 per student.

For more information, call Rachel Carter at (217) 391-3101 or e-mail

Register here

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

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

Ken Wilson

Ken WilsonCatalyst, Church Planting (Central and Southern Region)
(618) 697-1036

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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