About the EFCA Texas – Oklahoma District
Our mission is to equip and encourage our churches to bring about the transformation of individuals and communities through Jesus Christ. As a district, we are passionate about multiplication and church planting. This isn’t just a part of who we are — this is who we are!
We have 20 sending churches committed to reproducing every 3–5 years as part of our multiplication initiative called Multiplying Together. Currently, five of those 20 churches are offering a 12-month Church Planting Residency Program (see details below). Right now, we have six church plants on the ground plus two church planting residents.
Our Church Planting Residency Program
Once assessed and approved, a church planter spends 12 months with a sending church, learning and preparing to launch a church plant. Both the district and the sending church combine to provide between $30,000-$75,000 for the residency year with additional funding offered post-launch. (Note: We also offer a district health insurance plan and a national EFCA retirement plan plus disability insurance.) At the conclusion of the 12-month Church Planting Residency Program, a church planter launches a new church plant with people and money.
Post-launch, we aim to excel in leadership development and to invest in our planters by coming alongside and staying in close contact with our church planters — their coach is building into them; their Partner Advisory Team is building into them; their band of brothers from Multiplying Together is building into them. We work hard to develop church planters and help them grow to their full potential.
- EFCA Church Planting Boot Camp for church planting training. This is offered every January in Houston and every May in Dallas.
- Next Level Coaching Network for cohort leadership training and development.
- Multiplying Together for multiplication training, peer-coaching and accountability.
Current Church Planting Residency Opportunities:
- Cornerstone Community Bible Church - Rosenberg, Texas (Houston area)
- Grace Bible Church - Houston, Texas
- Stone Oak Church - San Antonio, Texas
- Redemption Church - Houston, Texas
- The Table Community Church - Ft. Worth, Texas
- Restore Austin - Austin, Texas
- The Bridge Montrose - Houston, Texas
- Bayshore Bible Church - Corpus Christi, Texas
To discuss any of these opportunities or to apply for our residency program, contact Dr. Bob Rowley at firstname.lastname@example.org.