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

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.