Church Planting

Mobilizing you to plant churches and reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ

God calls all of us to have a role in and be a part of global missions. We are participants in the bigger story, in God’s plan to bring redemption to all peoples. But where can you start? How can you join in?

How We Plant Churches

God has determined the exact time and place in which we live, work and play for His glory (Acts 17:26). We steward our resources well and spread the gospel further when we build up healthy, gospel-centered churches. We multiply the kingdom by planting these churches, whose people can continue the good work of making God known and enjoyed in DFW and beyond.

But how do we do it? We send out church planters. We partner with existing churches. We resource.

Campus Transitions

We desire to see the gospel multiplied and seek to use the multi-site model as a strategy for church planting. Through Multiply, we plan to transition our remaining campuses into autonomous churches by 2022.


We team up with organizations like Acts 29, where Matt currently sits as president, to help plant churches that plant churches.


We provide financial coaching and curriculum support to various church plants throughout the year, as needs are brought to us.

The Sending Program

Through our Sending Program, we equip and send you to reach the unreached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have different processes and development plans for missionaries and church planters, but for church planters, the program prepares men in both the theological “whys” and practical “how-tos” of church leadership before launching them into pastoral ministry and church planting.

Benefits of the Program

  • Focused training on Acts 29’s 11 competencies of a church planter
  • Investment from The Village elders, staff and leaders into the life and ministry of the planter
  • Opportunities to learn, grow, (fail) under the covering of The Village 
  • Freedom to cast vision, recruit and fundraise from within The Village (after Acts 29 assessment approval)
  • Commissioned and sent as an “elder in sending” from The Village to start your church
  • Ongoing coaching, care and relationship once church is planted
  • Time and development opportunities from every department within The Village in developing your vision and makeup of your church (e.g.. production, HR, Communications, Technology, worship, etc.)
  • Investment and care for the church planter’s wife and family
  • Connection with Acts 29 leaders and training
  • DNA to be a church-planting church to the ends of the earth

Program Qualifications

The program is specifically created for men who have a strong conviction and call to church planting in the next 2–3 years. They should have a known track record of serving, leading and giving within their local church, with demonstrated teaching skills and observable fruit in ministry, marriage and family life. All Christians are in the process of sanctification, so qualifications must be read against the backdrop of God’s grace (i.e., the standard is maturity, not perfection). However, Scripture is clear that no man is qualified to lead a church unless he is:

  • A mature Christian, not a new/young believer (1 Tim. 3:6)
  • An exemplary, godly leader in his marriage and family (1 Tim. 3:4–5)
  • Self-controlled and disciplined in his personal habits (1 Tim. 3:2–3)
  • An exemplary steward of his financial resources (1 Tim. 3:3)
  • A man of observable, proven godly character (Titus 1:8)
  • Skilled in the study, teaching and defense of God’s Word (Titus 1:9)
  • Able to recognize and combat all types of false teaching (Titus 1:9)
  • Courageous enough to confront sin and error (Titus 1:10–13)

A church planter will need to be in agreement with The Village’s basic beliefs and theological distinctives, as well as our primary desire to plant Acts 29-affiliated churches. Therefore, the church planter and his church plant must have foundational theological convictions in relation to Acts 29 theological distinctives.

Commitment & Cost

  • The workload is estimated to be 35–40 hours per week. The majority consists of personal study and writing, cohort meetings, trainings and hands-on ministry participation in the local church.
  • Church planters will be responsible to raise their own support/living expenses from donors for the 18-month program. Training, coaching and compensation for each church planter in relation to fundraising will be provided by Reliant based on need and current benchmarks (unless funding support is provided elsewhere).
  • Church planters will need to commit to spending roughly 18 months as full-time staff at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, starting in August.
    • January–July: Support raising
    • August–December of the following year (18 months): Sending Program
    • January: Move to target location and begin gathering a core group
    • August/September: Launch of church plant

Application Process

Potential church planters will complete an extensive application process, and all applicants will be thoroughly screened, assessed and interviewed by the Director of Church Planting and supporting staff. To begin the process, please fill out an application. Applications may be submitted at any time. The interview process for the next round of church planters will begin in October of each year.

The program begins in August and will go through December of the following year. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Powell.

When Stephen and Allison Gordon were asked to move to Rancho Cucamonga, California, to help plant Story Church, they were initially hesitant. Leaving behind the security they had enjoyed in Texas would not be easy, but the Lord’s call on their lives was clear. They are committed to seeing the gospel go forth in Southern California.

You have a role in church planting and you are called to be a part of it. How will you join in God’s story?

Discover your role in reaching the unreached in Go 101 or on a Go Trip.

Support church planters and missionaries financially by giving, or join in God’s work among the nations through Go Trips.

Go through the Sending Program and be sent as a missionary or church planter.

New Church Planters

Israel Martinez

Israel Martinez

Redeemer Church
Irving, TX

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Robby Moore

Robby Moore

The Capitol City Church
Austin, TX

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Our Church Planters

Adam Griffin

Adam Griffin - Eastside Community Church

In 2017, the Lord put an exciting call on Adam’s heart—to plant a church on the east side of Dallas, a place he and his family love dearly. After much prayer and preparation, Eastside Community Church launched in 2018. Their mission is to love one God, love all people and make disciples everywhere.

Kyle Worley

Kyle Worley - Mosaic Church

Kyle launched Mosaic Church in 2018 out of a desire to create a gospel-centered family of disciplemakers in Richardson, Texas. He believes the people of Richardson have been called to form a “mosaic”—a beautiful depiction of how God gathers people from all different backgrounds to demonstrate His love.

Rob Daniels

Rob Daniels - Christ Freedom Church

Rob felt called by the Lord to plant a multicultural, multiethnic church in the heart of Lewisville, Texas. Christ Freedom Church launched in early 2019 with a mission of glorifying God through worship, word, work, and witness.

Travis Cunningham

Travis Cunningham - Story Church

Born and raised on the West Coast, Travis was overjoyed to return home in 2019 to plant Story Church in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Story Church seeks to combat the false narratives of the world by knowing, living, and sharing the true story.

Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks - The Door Church

In 2011, Scott Brooks felt the Lord stir his heart to plant a church. Unsure of where to begin, Scott found himself in John 9:39. This particular passage eventually led him to his hometown of Coppell, Texas. With the collaboration of The Village and Acts 29, Scott went on to plant The Door Church.

Blake Chilton

Blake Chilton - Declaration Church

A few years ago, Blake Chilton and his family visited his hometown of Bryan-College Station. During that weekend, God planted a seed, burdening Chilton’s heart for his hometown and the community there. In 2014, after doing a residency through Fellowship Associates, Blake moved home to plant Declaration Church.

Samuel Orrico

Samuel Orrico - Comunidades Nova

After moving to the U.S. to complete his theological education, Samuel and his wife, Rebekah, were called back to his hometown of Xalapa, Mexico. With a desire to spread the gospel there, they planted Comunidades Nova. Today, Mexico is struggling with political corruption, social unrest and drug wars, but Samuel and Rebekah are confident that Jesus is better.

Clint Patronella

Clint Patronella - Seven Mile Road

In 2012, Clint visited Boston, Massachusetts, for the first time and began to feel a burden for the people there. He is working with Seven Mile Road to plant a church in Waltham, a suburb of Boston. Their vision is to saturate the culture of Boston with the gospel of Jesus Christ, for the glory of God and the good of the city.

Billy Rose

Billy Rose - South Dallas Community Church

When Billy became a volunteer mentor with Champions of Hope, it wasn't long before he and his wife, Areia, felt called to move to South Dallas, and soon Billy joined the COH staff. His desire for discipleship and community grew as he led Home Groups in the South Dallas area, and after a few years, God called him to plant South Dallas Community Church.

Rick White

Rick White - CityView Church

The vision for CityView Church developed in early 2005. Confident that God was calling him to plant a church, Rick White began to explore potential locations in the Metroplex and landed on Fort Worth. Through The Village, Rick launched the church in 2006. Since then, CityView planted a church in downtown Fort Worth called Paradox.

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