Start & Strengthen

Start & Strengthen Churches

We start dynamic new churches and help existing churches thrive.

The Evangelical Covenant Church believes the local church is God’s foundational strategy to carry out mission in the world.

We tend to the health and well-being of the local church from conception through the many phases of congregational life to end-of-life and legacy opportunities.

How We Support the Local Church

Through planting new churches and providing resources to strengthen existing congregations, we seek to reach more people, in more places, among more populations, with the hope of Christ.

Church Planting

Have you considered starting a new church with us? We welcome you into our thoughtful process that equips you on your journey from discernment to deployment.

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Missional Vitality

Our hope is for every local church to thrive. We partner with existing churches through events, training, coaching, and resource creation to help every church remain vibrant.

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It can be difficult to start or strengthen a church, and you’re not alone. We’re here to provide the coaching and training you need to flourish.



Everything a new church needs to become a member congregation.

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Everything an existing church needs to be adopted as a member congregation.

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Recordings, slides, and handouts that introduce a values- and mission-based process for intentionally re-launching a church.

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A Soulcare Workshop with Ruth Haley Barton.

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Connect with others who are starting or strengthening healthy, missional churches.

Our Stories

Learning to Lead

Church chair training sessions are helping lay leaders become better equipped and more confident in key leadership positions.

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Room at the Inn

The Covenant church in Joliet, Illinois, is learning to do the right thing—even when it feels like the wrong time.

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Contact Start & Strengthen Churches

We can’t wait to hear about your vision for the local church.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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