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

Planting churches through collaborative partnerships in Chicago is our bread and butter. We help to gather, identify, confirm, support and deploy new church planters.

We want to see Chicago filled with new gospel centered churches, and are asking God for 100 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

We provide grants for confirmed church planters. The Chicago Partnership works in concert with other funding entities providing matching grants to help with a successful launch to a new church plant. Grant applications are reviewed and approved three times a year:

Fall Deadline - September 1
(approved by November)

Spring Deadline - December 1
(approved by March)

Summer Deadline - April 1
(approved by July)

For more info, contact Mark Bergin.

Catalytic Events

We help to bring pastors, Christian leaders and planters together on gospel issues facing our city. We have been privileged to learn from a wide variety of leaders including Eric Mason, Philip Jensen, Francis Chan, Mark Jobe and others. 

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.  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 a sequence of one or two 10 month periods during the core building and post-launch phase.

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