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.

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.

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

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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Van Kicklighter

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

Eddie Pullen

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

Rachel Carter

Rachel CarterMinistry Assistant
Church Planting
(217) 391-3101

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

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