Are you called to start a church?

CBF's new church starts initiative provides resources for individuals and churches interested in spreading the Good News through a new church start in the United States.

Are you...
• an individual considering planting a church?
• a core group interested in establishing a CBF presence in your community?
• an established congregation exploring or supporting a new start?


As a first step in our process, we ask those discerning a call to church starting or those discerning a partnership with CBF’s church starting network to take part in a 8 week online discernment process.

Learn more about CBF’s church starting discernment process.

We are now accepting registration for our upcoming online cohort beginning October 12, 2014.  Go ahead and sign up now through our information form. We will host a three cohorts in 2015: winter (January 11-March 7: registration deadline January 5), summer (July 6-August 29; registration deadline June 29), and the fall (October 11-December 5; registration deadline October 5). 


Does your vision for starting a church align with the Fellowship's partnership model? Learn more about CBF's church starting approach.

Are you or your congregation interested in starting or supporting a Hispanic church start? Watch a 6-minute video highlighting how CBF and partner congregations are starting Spanish-speaking congregations. 

Each year the Fellowship hosts several conferences and retreats for church starters, providing opportunities for networking and exploring your calling. Check out the CBF calendar for the next event or contact Andy Hale to be added to the mailing list.

Connect with your local or state CBF organization to learn about church starting resources and needs. View the list of church start contacts


Read stories on new church starts:
•  Church Starters in Oct/Nov. Fellowship Magazine
Churches, CBF state organizations partner to start church
Hispanic congregation in Alabama growing quickly
North Carolina couple engages young adults, starts church
Recent seminary graduates start church in urban neighborhood
Hospice chaplain responds to call to start a church
Florida church start reaches out to the 'broken'
Church starts uses technology to reach community
New Virginia church focuses on ministry to community
Cowboy church hosts variety of outreach events
Church start emerges in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

CBF church starters are included in the Fellowship's annual prayer guide, Prayer Pathways. Order a free copy of the prayer guide online or by calling (888) 801-4223.


Do you feel called to support church starts in the United States through financial gifts? Send your check with "CBF church starts" in the memo line.

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