Church Planting.

Our vision is to catalyze a church planting movement across Chicagoland.

Church Planting Residency

The Ashburn church-planting residency is designed to prepare Biblically qualified men to plant faithful reproducing churches in the Chicagoland region. The residency aims to introduce God-called men to a body of helpful resources and relationships that will serve them as they endeavor to plant faithful churches in Chicago and beyond. The residency is not to be considered exhaustive training for pastoral ministry but rather a residency for those already formally trained but lacking ministerial experience and specific training in church planting. Candidates selected will either be formally trained for ministry at a trusted institution or will have exhibited sufficient competency in that area before acceptance into the residency.

Every year we take church planting (or re-planting) couples through a one-year 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 multiplying churches.

We offer Residency in English and Spanish. Our English residency is done from our Orland Park campus. Our Spanish residency is done at our Chicago campus in partnership with Send Network Espanol.

How To Apply

Residency begins January 1 and ends in December. We begin considering candidates in August.

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

What To Expect

After you are assessed and approved through NAMB, you will begin the Ashburn Church Planting residency. 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. By experiencing gospel-centered culture, you’ll be better equipped to plant a gospel movement in your city. As a resident, you will have the opportunity to be connected to our network of supporting and sending churches.

Current Projects

Ashburn – Crystal Lake Campus

Launching in Fall 2024.

Ashburn – Orland Park Espanol Campus

Ariel & Rosy Heredia will be planting this campus in Spring 2026.

Serve a church plant.

Serve on a Core Team

Not everyone is called to lead a church plant, but maybe God is calling you to use your spiritual gifts to help us plant another church.  Apply to serve on a launch team.

Support a church plant

Maybe you can’t go, but you would like to give. Your generosity helps fuel the mission of God as we seek to take the message of the Gospel to every community.