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Introducing Online Residency for 2020/21

Historians report that during the Spanish flu pandemic, churches found creative ways to minister to people. Pastors printed portions of their sermons in the local papers. They emphasized home worship, a once common but long neglected practice. They arranged for Sunday school lessons and prayer guides to be delivered to homes directly.

They understood, like we do, that during times of crisis, the church is needed. Our plans may change, but the mission goes on.

We believe this is a time for the church to pivot while still advancing, and so in anticipation of the potential that gathering and travel could be limited at times during the next year, we are preparing to offer a fully online Church Planting Residency for 2020-2021.

Maybe you have felt called to plant a church but you’ve wrestled with whether you should move forward during COVID-19? We believe you should, in hope, wisdom, and expectation, knowing that while your methods may change, there is an opportunity to display and proclaim the gospel in a unique way in this season!

Does this mean we won’t gather? We hope not. We put a high value on the in-person benefits of training and the trips we take to learn from fruitful churches. If we have opportunities to gather wisely, we’ll take advantage of those where appropriate, and we will assume the cost as usual for travel for any resident regardless of contact.

At the same time, we believe we can leverage new online platforms to create the same high impact leadership and training environment as we always have.

If you are an experienced pastor who has considered planting a church in 2020-21 but has wrestled with what it looks like to move forward, we would love to invite you to consider this opportunity. To inquire, fill out this interest form.

Plant with us. 

Every year we take five to six church planting (or re-planting) couples through a nine-month high investment, high return experience that catalyzes their health and fruitfulness as planters. In addition to raising up internal candidates from within our family of churches, we partner with couples from like-minded churches who share our vision of planting gospel-centered, deep and wide, multiplying churches. Often these are couples who don’t have sending churches or whose sending churches do not yet offer the same kind of training. Residency can be done from The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, another church in our family, or from your sending church.

We are looking for proven pastor-leaders with the gift set to plant a church in a strategic US or global city.


  • Leadership Finishing School – Residency is not an internship. It is a highly intentional leadership experience for experienced pastors who want to make the greatest impact they can make in church planting. You will be poured into by seasoned coaches and mentors who are invested in your success.
  • Church Planting Incubator – We don’t just teach you everything we have learned about church planting. You begin planting (or re-planting) the church while in residency, taking what you learn in your cohort and applying it to your growing church.
  • Gospel Immersion – We believe the gospel changes everything, including how you plant a church. By experiencing gospel-centered culture and having the gospel applied to your life, you’ll be better equipped to plant a gospel movement in your city.
  • Intentional Relationships – your cohort will become like a church planting family, and along the way you’ll have the opportunity to interact with like-minded leaders from our family and others around the country.
  • Financial Support – as a resident you will have the opportunity to be connected to our network of supporting and sending churches.


Residency begins August 1 and ends April 30. We begin considering candidates in October of the prior year and begin making decisions in March.

Inquiry → Assessment → Approval → Residency
To inquire, fill out our Church Planter Interest Form and someone from our staff will follow up with you.

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