Our Purpose

The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting exists to make Jesus visible in all neighborhoods of Chicago through collaborative church planting.
Our mission is to catalyze a church planting ecosystem in the city of Chicago.

Our strategic goal is to participate in planting 100 new churches by 2025.

What We Do

Collaborative Church Plants

Collaborative church planting in Chicago is our bread and butter. We help churches identify, train, and deploy new church planters. With dozens of churches in the partnership, we’re able to put together strong teams that go out equipped, supported, and united.  

We want to see Chicago saturated with gospel-centered churches, and we’re asking God for 100 new churches in the next 10 years.

If you are interested in planting in Chicago with The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting, please contact Mark Bergin at pastormark@thepainteddoor.org.

Church-Planting Grants

Because funding is critical to church planting, we provide grants for confirmed church planters. We want leaders to focus on the ministry and not finances, so we partner with people and organizations that can provide matching grants.

Catalytic Events

We help bring pastors, Christian leaders, and planters together to discuss issues facing our city and its churches. We have been privileged to learn from a wide variety of leaders, including Eric Mason, Philip Jensen, Francis Chan, and Mark Jobe. Our purpose in gathering is to encourage each other with a vision to see Chicago transformed by the power of the gospel.

Coaching and Cadres

Church planters need authentic gospel relationships, prayer, and encouragement, so we provide coaching for new church planters. If you are interested in being coached through The Chicago Partnership please contact Mark Bergin at pastormark@thepainteddoor.org.

Coaching relationships normally span one to two years and occur during the core building and post-launch phases.

What Leaders Are Saying

CPCP was instrumental in helping me find local coaching, fellow church planters, and long-term stability in Chicago. Don’t try to plant without it.
— Aaron Youngren, The Line
[Through CPCP] I’ve made friendships that have exposed my blind spots, pushed our church toward racial reconciliation, provided a network of shared resources and wisdom, and ultimately made me love Jesus more.
— Mark Bergin, The Painted Door
CPCP is becoming a catalyst for a Gospel centered movement in Chicago. I for one am extremely grateful for it’s work towards church planting.
— Joshua Taylor, MissioDei Chicago