About the Oklahoma Church Planting Residency

We strongly believe that church planting is one of the primary God-given avenues for evangelism, discipleship and kingdom-advancement in our world. And one of the most important aspects of a church plant is the church planter himself. As such, our year-long residency program is designed to assess, equip, develop, and deploy future church planters in the planting of healthy gospel-centered churches.

  • The residency is a 10 month program that runs from August to May.
  • The residency is full-time, with residency costs covered and office space and other resources provided as needed.
  • The residency is based out of Frontline Church, in Oklahoma City, but works with other local churches to develop our residents.

The Oklahoma Church Planting Residency is an initiative of Frontline Church in Oklahoma City in partnership with other local churches.


  • Candidates must be within one year of planting a church and have a proven track record of leadership. 
  • Candidates must meet the qualifications outlined for elders in the New Testament. 
  • Candidates must have a robust biblical theology that stands in agreement with the doctrinal distinctives of the Acts 29 Network. »  http://www.acts29network.org/about/distinctives/


  • Residents will receive on-going training, coaching from ministry leaders, and hands-on ministry experience in a variety of different environments and situations.
  • Residents will get regular and ongoing assessment, and adjustments to the residency plan will be made as needed.
  • Residents will be embedded in a healthy leadership community for the duration of the residency.

Residency Modules

The residency is comprised of five modules over ten months that focus on different aspects of leadership and different steps in the planting process. The actual training content of the residency will be customized to the resident, based on their assessments and may not include all of the elements listed below. 

Vision // personal leadership

We will help the church planter grow in personal awareness, spiritual disciplines, character formation, clarity of calling, and other areas of individual health, while they work on understanding their planting context and clarifying the vision for the church plant. Topics will include:

  • Context & Vision
  • Theological Vision
  • Contextualization
  • Ecclesiology & Missiology
  • Integration & Self Awareness
  • Personal, Family, & Leadership Health
  • Personal Spirituality
  • Vision Frame

strategy // strategic leadership 

Focus this module will be in how to move from vision to strategy, and what leadership in this stage of a church plant looks like. Topics may include:

  • Models & Philosophy of Ministry
  • Gospel Renewal Dynamics
  • From Vision to Strategy
  • Evangelism
  • Financial & Legal Basics
  • Communication
  • Launch Strategy
  • Fundraising Strategy

building // pastoral leadership

This module will center on what it takes to set proper foundations for a healthy, multiplying church from the beginning, and develop the leader pastorally. Attention will also be given to raising up other pastoral leaders for the new church. Topics may include:

  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Gospel Formation & Discipleship
  • Pacing & Timeline
  • Elders & Deacons
  • Church Plant Core Development
  • Word & Spirit
  • Systems & Structures for Healthy Ministry

maturation // Organizational Leadership

We want to make sure residents are already working on what it looks like to lead a new church to maturity, while growing in the ability to lead and shape culture in an organization. Topics may include:

  • Organizational Culture
  • Multiplying Leadership
  • Systems & Structures for Growth
  • Leading Leaders
  • Liturgy & Sacraments
  • Community & Care
  • Administration & Operations
  • Volunteers & Staffing

multiplication // MISSIONAL LEADERSHIP

Healthy churches multiply and engage on mission. We will help the church planter grow in their understanding of missiology, Gospel justice, contextualization, etc, while growing in their ability to lead others missionally. Topics may include:

  • Missional Leadership
  • Social Justice & Mercy Ministry
  • Being a Church for the City
  • Multiplication of Communities & Churches
  • Avoiding Mission Drift
  • Movement Dynamics
  • Finding and Developing Church Planters