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CHURCH PLANTING

Church planting in the EPC is under the auspices of the Church Planting Team (CPT), led by veteran church planter and pastor Tom Ricks. The CPT trains, nurtures, and equips EPC church planters, as well as helps congregations, networks, and presbyteries get the right church planters in the right places. In addition, the CPT goals include:

1. Putting more time, attention and resources into recruiting the next generation of church planters from seminaries around the country.
2. Continuing to offer church planting leadership diagnostic for church plant launch teams, church sessions, or planting networks who need support in beginning church planting.

As of January 2019, more than 40 active EPC church plants minister in 13 states around the country—which is about 7 percent of the total number of EPC churches. These congregations are in various stages of development, from the early planning steps, to home Bible studies, to regular weekly worship, to full particularization as self-supporting, elder-led bodies. In addition, seven Church Planting Networks facilitate church planting in specific geographic regions.

For more information about EPC church planting, contact Tom Ricks at tom@greentreechurch.com.

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Mission and Vision
Church Planting Networks
Church Plants
Success Stories

MISSION AND VISION

The mission of the EPC Church Planting Team is to cultivate a culture where church planting is embraced, encouraged, and celebrated by all EPC churches, with the goal of each congregation becoming a Parent (by planting one or more new churches), a Partner (joining other EPC churches in their area to plant churches), or a Patron (by providing financial support to those starting new churches) of church planting.

As we look to the future, we will continue challenging every congregation in our denomination to be active on some level in church planting. Today, more than 55 percent of our congregations are participating as a Parent, Partner, or Patron, but we have a long way to go. We will be aggressive in finding new church planters to meet the growing opportunities, while working hard to take good care of our current church planting pastors and their families.

CHURCH PLANTING NETWORKS

Church Planting Networks are consortiums of churches in a city or region that join forces and leverage their collective resources to plant new congregations. Several of these networks have sprung from EPC church plants themselves, which take advantage of the leadership experience of starting new work. These networks also work in partnership with the appropriate presbyteries to plant new EPC churches.

Among the strategies implemented in these networks are Church Planter Residency programs, in which a prospective church planter enters into an immersive learning opportunity in a collaborative ministry context. A residency program also helps create a pipeline of well-prepared church planters.

Bay Area Church Planting Network

San Francisco, California

Charlotte Church Planting Network

Charlotte, North Carolina

Detroit Area Church Planting Network

Detroit, Michigan

Gulf Coast Church Planting Network

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Southern Mississippi
Alabama

Memphis Church Planting Network

Memphis, Tennessee

St. Louis Area Church Planting Network

St. Louis, Missouri

CHURCH PLANTS

Each of these EPC church plants is currently meeting for worship and ministering in its local context. We have many more in various stages of development, from the earliest planning stages to core team recruitment to home Bible studies.

All Souls Church

Austin, Texas
Presbytery of the Gulf South

All Souls Church

Nashville, Tennessee
Presbytery of the Central South

The Antioch Movement

Ypsilanti, Michigan
Presbytery of the Midwest

The Avenue Community Church

Memphis, Tennessee
Presbytery of the Central South

Central West End Church

St. Louis, Missouri
Presbytery of Mid-America

Chelsea Presbyterian Church

Chelsea, Alabama
Presbytery of the Central South

Church of the Redeemer

Maryville, Tennessee
Presbytery of the Southeast

Church of the Resurrection

New Orleans, Louisiana
Presbytery of the Gulf South

CrossWay EPC

Chesterfield, Michigan
Presbytery of the Midwest

Goodwill New Paltz

New Paltz, New York
Presbytery of the East

Haven

Katy, Texas
Presbytery of the Gulf South

Hope City Church

Memphis, Tennessee
Presbytery of the West

Hope Community Church

Waynesboro, Virginia
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Hope for Renewal

Youngstown, Ohio
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

Iglesia Presbiteriana Esperanza

Memphis, Tennessee
Presbytery of the Central South

Kirk of the Pines

Abaco, Bahamas
Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Lake Forest Español

Huntersville, North Carolina
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Lake Forest Westlake

Huntersville, North Carolina
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

New City Presbyterian Church

South Bend, Indiana
Presbytery of the Midwest

Quest Church

New Braunfels, Texas
Presbytery of the Gulf South

Restoration Community Church

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Resurrection Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Presbytery of the Southeast

Resurrection Sheepshead Bay

Brooklyn, New York
Presbytery of the East

River City Church

St. Charles, Missouri
Presbytery of Mid-America

The Sacred Grace

Englewood, Colorado
Presbytery of the West

Saint Patrick Presbyterian Church

Greeley, Colorado
Presbytery of the West

San Pablo Community Church

Berkeley, California
Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

The Table

Little Rock, Arkansas
Presbytery of the West

West County Presbyterian Church

Chesterfield, Missouri
Presbytery of Mid-America

Woke Bridge Community Church

Ferguson, Missouri
Presbytery of Mid-America

SUCCESS STORIES

These churches started as church plants, and are now fully self-supporting congregations and have been particularized— which is the goal for every EPC church plant.

3 Timbers Church

Bennington, Nebraska
Presbytery of the Great Plains

Nación Santa

Haines City, Florida
Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

Resurrection Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York
Presbytery of the East

SOMA

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Presbytery of the Alleghenies

The Table

San Francisco, California
Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

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