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