The Evangelical Covenant Church fosters the planting of new churches by providing church planters with assessment, training, and coaching.

How We Plant Churches

Church planting endures as one of the most effective strategies to reach young people, engage a growing multiethnic population, and develop vibrant local churches that make disciples. We launch churches with the right people, in the right context, with the right support.


Conversations with regional directors of church planting.

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Candidates and their spouses engage in a guided discernment process that carefully explores call, timing, spiritual gifts, emotional health, and the strategic viability of the proposed church project.

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Covenant Agreement

Our agreement is based on the tested methodology of the “four-stage church plant launch.”

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First Year

The agreement describes the plan for the first year of the church plant.

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Are You Called?

In our increasingly post-Christian era, 83 percent of Americans do not attend church. Nearly one-third of young people under 30 are religiously unaffiliated. Every year, more than 3,000 churches close their doors. A myriad of challenges from rapid demographic change to tepid evangelism render churches ineffective in communities across the country.

We invite you to discern your call to advance the kingdom of God by becoming a local church planter. Together, we seek to answer one primary question, “Is the living God calling you to plant a Covenant church right now?”

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 Church Planting

We can’t wait to hear about your vision for starting a new 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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