Church Planter Residency

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” -Matthew 9:37-38 




Is God Calling You to Plant a Church?

Our mission is to equip and empower emerging leaders to fulfill their calling in planting vibrant, gospel-centered churches. Our comprehensive residency program focuses on fostering spiritual growth, strengthening theological foundations, and honing practical leadership skills necessary for effective church planting.  

 At the Abundant Life Church Planting Residency Program, we are committed to seeing lives transformed, communities impacted, and the Kingdom of God advanced through the faithful ministry of our residents.  

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Goals and Outcomes of the Church Planting Residency

The church planting residency takes a whole-person approach to ensuring each resident's physical, spiritual, and emotional preparation. We have 10 goals for equipping church planting residents: 

  • Develop your heart for God. 
  • Cultivate healthy relationships within your family and with others. 
  • Develop your calling in church planting. 
  • Ensure you have theological grounding and gospel-centeredness. 
  • Build your faith and trust in God.  
  • Encourage you to practice the work of evangelism and disciple-making regularly.  
  • Equip you to handle the Word faithfully. 
  • Develop your love for the church. 
  • Ensure that you prioritize global engagement. 
  • Instill the leadership skills needed to plant a church in your desired location. 

What Can a Church Planting Resident Expect?

Training Environments: Residents will participate in the Abundant Life Leadership Institute, leadership learning communities, sermon workshops, and a yearly international mission trip.  

Weekly Activities: A resident’s weekly activities and schedule will vary based on their year of residency. Residents can expect to engage in scheduled teaching components, campus activities, and ministry training.   

Ministry Experiences: Residents will gain experience preaching in diverse environments, observe and lead in local and international discipleship environments, and be exposed to pastoral counseling and other pastoral activities.   

Residency Schedule and Process

The Church Planting Residency is a two-year program that starts in August of the year you apply. After you complete your two-year residency, we will launch you out to start your church plant. 

  • Year 1 will be spent on intentional and thoughtful development, shoulder-to-shoulder ministry, clarifying your calling, and coaching. 
  • Year 2 will be spent launching into your calling while continuing to develop as a leader with a personalized growth plan. 

Application Process  

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Receive confirmation email and complete the assessment. 
  3. Application and assessment are reviewed, and an interview will be set up if selected to move to Phase 2.

Residency Process 

  1. Once selected, you will begin Partnership Development, where you develop a team of financial and prayer partners.  
  2. You will begin your training and equipping.  
  3. Deployment begins. 


Applicants should have a strong call to plant a church, be actively involved in ministry, and meet specific requirements set by the program. A bachelor's degree is preferred.  

The residency is a 24-month process starting in August of the year you apply.  

You will get paid a monthly stipend and be required to raise a monthly support goal. Abundant Life Church contribution amounts may vary from resident to resident and may change from year to year.

You can start raising support after you are accepted into the program. We will provide training to assist you. After being accepted, you will begin raising support in June, and all support goals must be met by the end of August. 

Yes. We have found it beneficial to have in-person experience and hands-on training.  

The residency program is offered both full-time and part-time. Weekly hours and residency schedule will be individualized.   

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