Church Planting

What we do

TM Church Planting exists to support church planters and high level leaders in the work God has called them to do. We plant churches and network church planting entities with church planters in order to do more together than we can do apart. We’re developing a movement where church planting leaders are reproducing healthy churches. Our mission and philosophy comes from Acts chapter 13:

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

—Acts 13:1-3

We Spot High Level Leaders

We Set Up High Level Leaders for Success

We Send Out High Level Leaders

We Support High Level Leaders

JD Pearring’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of the Excel Leadership Network, Church Planting Lead for Transformation Ministries, and Teaching Pastor at Journey Church in Elk Grove, CA. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and four grandchildren.

Thanks for checking us out! The two “front doors” that we have for exploring a potential partnership are connection events and the Discovery Center. Connection events are regional gatherings for church planters and leaders: we usually do lunch or dinner, a short meeting and going to a game (baseball, football, hockey etc.) You would have a chance to meet other network leaders and planters, and get a feel for the group. We have connection events in CA, the Midwest, Dallas TX, Arizona, Tijuana and Florida – if you are interested, contact us! We’d like to invite you to be our guest for the event, dinner and game if you can get to one.

The other front door is the Discovery Center – this is our assessment process and the whole focus is on helping leaders take their next best step in ministry. These are three and half day events, and you would have a really good opportunity to see how we do things as a network, get to know other network planters and staffers. Find out more about the process, including dates for 2017 here. Please contact the registrar if you have any questions or would like more information about the Discovery Center, we’re glad to help!

JD Pearring

How to join the network

Church Planter Next Steps

Initial contact

Talk with the network director or area leader.

Have a phone conversation with the director regarding your interest in connecting and get further information about next steps.


Meet with director or TM representative.

Have lunch or coffee get together with director/other TM planters or leaders about where you are in the planting process, your target group/location and timeline, as well as any questions you have.

Connection Events

Because we believe salvation is found only in Jesus Christ, we are committed through word and deed to see all lost people come to Christ and grow into His fully devoted followers, and to multiply missional congregations.

Discovery Center

Attend a Discovery Center.

The Discovery Center is a three and a half day assessment process to help you and your spouse discover your next step in ministry and be as successful as possible. It’s also another great opportunity for you to see how the network operates.


Fulfill any conditions you received in your Discovery Center report.

Following the Discovery Center you may have conditions to fulfill before moving forward.

Proposal/Vision Alignment

Submit your ministry plan for review and feedback.

Write up a ministry plan to submit to a team of church planters and ministry leaders. Tweak the proposal based on Vision Alignment Team member comments.


Review contract.

Review your contract for partnering with TM. Sign and return the documents.


Choose a coach.

Planters will choose their coach and enter into a coaching contract approved by TM. Sign and return the contract.

Initial Milestones

Meet initial milestones.

Begin meeting contract milestones and receive matching funds disbursements where applicable.

Final Milestones

Meet final milestones.

Meet the final contract milestones, receive matching funds disbursements where applicable, and make sure individual church corporation documents are secured.


We Value The Leader

We are concerned with the church plant, the association and the network, but the bottom line is we are here to help the leader.

We Value Outreach

It isn’t about us.  We exist to spot, set up, send out and support leaders as they strive to reach more people for Jesus.

We Value Connecting

We are a relational network of high-level leaders, and high-level leaders understand the necessity of connecting with other leaders.

We Value Resourcefulness

We do our best to be people of integrity and we do our best to maximize resources.

Excel Leadership Network Dates


December:  Lunch Connection: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 — Folsom hosted by Excel
11:30am to 1:30 pm At Disciples Church

January:  Golf Connection: 
Tuesday January 16, 2018 — Indianapolis hosted by Excel
2pm followed by Top Golf

January:  Basketball Connection: 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 — Charlotte hosted by Excel
2pm followed by the Charlotte Hornets game vs Washington Wizards

January:  Basketball Connection: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — Philadelphia hosted by Excel
2pm followed by the Chicago Bulls/Philadelphia 76ers game

February:  Basketball Connection: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 — Sacramento hosted by Excel
2pm followed by the OKC Thunder/Sacramento Kings game

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 2pm through Wednesday, March 7,
Noon, Scottsdale, AZ followed by the San Diego Padres/
San Francisco Giants Spring Training game


January 10-12, 2018 — Cuba

January 29 – 31, 2018 — Southern California

April 16 – 18, 2018 — South Florida

April 30 – May 2, 2018 — Tijuana, Mexico

June 4 – 6, 2018 — Dallas

July 30 – August 1, 2018 — Sacramento

September 24 – 26, 2018 — Cincinnati

October 15 – 17, 2018 — Tijuana, Mexico

November 5 – 7, 2018 — Maui


February 26 – March 1, 2018 — Orlando, FL

Catalyst West Coast
April 12 – 13, 2018 — Newport Beach, CA

Elevate with Ray Johnston
Thursday, May 24, 2018 — Huntington Beach

Transformation Ministries Conference
October 18 – 19, 2018 — SoCal

Mission Indiana Church Planting Conference
Thursday, November 8, 2018 — Indy

How can we serve you?

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More healthy churches. More changed lives.

970 South Village Oaks Drive,
Suite 101 Covina, CA 91724

970 South Village Oaks Drive,
Suite 101 Covina, CA 91724

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