Church Planters

HCPN is committed to strengthening church planters through different training and developmental opportunities. Healthy church planters are exponentially more likely to establish healthy new churches that multiply other healthy churches. Our heart is to raise up healthy multiplying leaders for the sake of the city.
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Planter Development

HCPN offers a wide variety of training programs for both prospective and current church planters. Varying training platforms have been developed including two different church planting residencies. Church planting residencies prepare leaders to plant strong and healthy churches. They are experiential learning environments designed to produce holistically-prepared leaders who are part of a city-wide movement of God’s Kingdom throughout Houston. Our hope is to continue to develop different training platforms that will develop a pipeline of future church planters and leaders. You can find a description of each of the planter development tracks below.

FOUNDATIONAL

Training opportunities throughout the city to grow people in their understanding of church planting and mission.

» Education is the primary purpose.

FUNCTIONAL

A 9 month training program designed to strengthen the core competencies of church planters. Planters are also encouraged to be deeply involved in a local church where they have hands on ministry and leadership opportunities.

» Development is the primary purpose.

FINISHING

A 12-month residency program for church planters who are preparing to launch a new church following the residency.

» Implementation is the primary purpose.

FORTIFYING

A program designed for church planters that have already launched and daily navigating the challenges of becoming a sustainable church moving towards multiplication.

» Sustainability is the primary purpose.

Planter Development

HCPN offers a wide variety of training programs for both prospective and current church planters. Varying training platforms have been developed including two different church planting residencies. Church planting residencies prepare leaders to plant strong and healthy churches. They are experiential learning environments designed to produce holistically-prepared leaders who are part of a city-wide movement of God’s Kingdom throughout Houston. Our hope is to continue to develop different training platforms that will develop a pipeline of future church planters and leaders. You can find a description of each of the planter development tracks below.

FOUNDATIONAL

Training opportunities throughout the city to grow people in their understanding of church planting and mission.

» Education is the primary purpose.

FUNCTIONAL

A 9 month training program designed to strengthen the core competencies of church planters. Planters are also encouraged to be deeply involved in a local church where they have hands on ministry and leadership opportunities.

» Development is the primary purpose.

FINISHING

A 12-month residency program for church planters who are preparing to launch a new church following the residency.

» Implementation is the primary purpose.

FORTIFYING

A program designed for church planters that have already launched and daily navigating the challenges of becoming a sustainable church moving towards multiplication.

» Sustainability is the primary purpose.

The residency has been life changing. Most importantly, I have been challenged and equipped to love and enjoy God more fully. Simultaneously, I have been given tools that are invaluable in leading Seven Mile Road. My ability to care for my people while casting a compelling vision has been strengthened in a way that will pay dividends for the rest of my life. I am so grateful to God for this experience and will continue to support it and recommend it to anyone considering church planting.

Jeremiah MorrisSeven Mile Road, Class 2015-2016

The HCPN finishing residency for me was life-changing. The training, connections to local pastors, and most importantly, the soul care provided to us through various means benefitted both my own personal walk with Jesus, my wife, and our church plant. I believe God is doing a unique work in Houston and HCPN is very evidently a huge instrument in this work, and I have been extremely privileged to be part of it via this finishing residency. The relationships I gained with my fellow residents is also something I cherish. I'm looking forward to many years of faithful ministry alongside these brothers and dear friends of mine! May the Lamb receive the full reward for His suffering in Houston!

Carlos RebollarSojourn East End, Class 2017-2018

HCPN finishing residency has been such a life-changing experience for me. Before I found HCPN, my wife and I had prayed and fasted for forty days. Our prayer was that the Lord would connect us with the people whose desire is to grow the Kingdom of God. God connected us to HCPN. These twelve months of residency have been a season of connection not only with our cohort, but to the local pastors and ministers of the Gospel, and more importantly a time for a personal renewal of my walk with the Lord. The training by a variety of Pastors and church leaders with different ministry backgrounds has been a huge blessing to me, my family and our core team. I am forever thankful to God for HCPN and I am humbled to be a part of what God is doing here in Greater Houston through HCPN.

Peter NdikumanaImmanuel Community Church, Class 2018-2019

Foundational

Foundational training is currently being developed. Please check back for future foundational training opportunities.

Functional Residency

The Functional Residency serves HCPN partner churches and those desiring to plant new churches through a 9 month residency program. This residency is for those strongly considering church planting, but still may be a few years away from planting.

Program Description

  • Residents participate in a monthly all-day workshop covering a variety of church planting competencies.
  • Residents receive monthly assignments aimed at personal and ministry growth.
  • Residents receive monthly coaching and mentoring from an HCPN partner church pastor to help process what they are learning as well as their future desire to plant a church.
  • Residents participate alongside anywhere from 20-30 additional people who are selected, providing opportunities for community and interaction with those pursuing a similar vision.
  • Residents are connected to an HCPN partner church. Some of these churches offer additional ministry experiences and development opportunities.
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Functional Residency

Functional Residency

Functional Residency

The Functional Residency serves HCPN partner churches and those desiring to plant new churches through a 9 month residency program. This residency is for those strongly considering church planting, but still may be a few years away from planting.

Program Description

  • Residents participate in a monthly all-day workshop covering a variety of church planting competencies.
  • Residents receive monthly assignments aimed at personal and ministry growth.
  • Residents receive monthly coaching and mentoring from an HCPN partner church pastor to help process what they are learning as well as their future desire to plant a church.
  • Residents participate alongside anywhere from 20-30 additional people who are selected, providing opportunities for community and interaction with those pursuing a similar vision.
  • Residents are connected to an HCPN partner church. Some of these churches offer additional ministry experiences and development opportunities.
Apply

Finishing Residency

Finishing Residency

The Finishing Residency serves HCPN partner churches and those desiring to plant new churches through a 12 month residency program. This residency is designed for those who are around 12-18 months from launching a new church plant. Applications are due May 1st. Cohorts launch in September.

Candidate Profile

  • Resident has proven ministry and leadership experience.
  • Resident has demonstrated a calling to plant a church.
  • Resident at least 25 years old.
  • Resident located in Houston a minimum of 6 months before the start of the residency.
  • Resident has a commitment to plant in the greater Houston area.
  • Resident will complete a church planter assessment with HCPN.

Program Description

  • Residents meet together in a cohort 2-3x’s a week.
  • Residents receive a wide scope of training by experienced leaders and pastors.
  • Residents are matched up with an anchor church for additional mentoring and coaching.
  • Residents receive weekly assignments aimed at personal and ministry growth.
  • Residents develop concrete church planting, leadership, and ministry skills.
  • Residents design and implement the formation and launch of a new church.
  • Residents receive a stipend and other resources.
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Fortifying Training

The Fortifying Training serves newly launched churches and church planters. This is a 10 month training designed for those who have already launched a new church plant, but are post-launch and in the infancy stage of the new church.

Candidate Profile

Participants have launched a new church and daily navigating the challenges of becoming multiplying church planters.

Program Description

Participants meet together in a cohort 5x’s a year, every other month, for 10 months.

Participants receive ongoing education, spiritual formation, coaching, and mentorship.

Participants work on developing aspects of their vision and navigate challenges they are currently facing.

Participants have developmental assignments they are working on between each of the cohort sessions.

Program begins each September.

Fortifying Training

Fortifying Training

Fortifying Training

The Fortifying Training serves newly launched churches and church planters. This is a 10 month training designed for those who have already launched a new church plant, but are post-launch and in the infancy stage of the new church.

Candidate Profile

Participants have launched a new church and daily navigating the challenges of becoming multiplying church planters.

Program Description

Participants meet together in a cohort 5x’s a year, every other month, for 10 months.

Participants receive ongoing education, spiritual formation, coaching, and mentorship.

Participants work on developing aspects of their vision and navigate challenges they are currently facing.

Participants have developmental assignments they are working on between each of the cohort sessions.

Program begins each September.