CMN Start encourages college students to get involved with a church planting team. Not everyone is called to be a senior pastor or lead planter, but we can help you to find a way to use your individual gifts to serve a new church – regardless of your major.

Whether you're gifted in graphic design, working with children, serving on a worship team, or building relationships within the community, we know it takes a group of people who are willing to step outside the lines and do something different. Church planting is not a spectator sport, it's a movement, and you can be a part of it.

Get your degree. Join a team.

What is START Year?

START Year is an opportunity for you to experience groundbreaking ministry at a new church for 9-12 months after you graduate from college. By serving with an experienced church planter, you can learn what it takes to make disciples and reach those far from Jesus.

Whether you plan to be an accountant, teacher, pastor, or scientist, a START Year internship gives you a year to discover who God has called you to be. You can even complete a START Year while you begin your professional career in the marketplace.

And if you think you may want to plant a church some day, START Year gives you the experience you'll need to make it happen.

Who should consider START Year?

  • Do you want to plant a church in the future?
  •  Is it your desire to invest your life in the Kingdom?
  • Do you want to reach people who may have never heard the gospel?
  • Are you working, but feeling a calling to help build up the church?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, START Year may be for you!

Why a START Year?

  • Continue your personal development
  • Get hands-on experience
  • Serve a community for the Kingdom
  • Build the Church
  • Be a missionary
  • Make disciples

How does the START Year work?


Whether you already have a destination in mind or need help deciding which trail to take, we can help match you with a ministry leader and location that fits your talents and interests.


When you wonder how to finance the adventure, we can help provide resources by:

  • Establishing a credible account with the Assemblies of God, which also offers tax-deductions for donors
  • Training and coaching you to raise funds for support
  • Providing you with account specialists who assist with bookkeeping and ensure legal compliance


As you clarify your gifts and calling, we can help encourage growth by:

  • Providing accountability for reaching your goals
  • Providing a path for next steps as you progress

What's my next step?

Interested in learning more about START Year? Fill out the form below and our team will connect with you to discover your fit in the church planting world.

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Chi Alpha

The Church Multiplication Network loves Chi Alpha. That’s why it's our desire to see every Chi Alpha student and alumni engaged in life-giving local churches during and after their college experience.

CMN specializes in new churches, started by entrepreneurial, evangelistic leaders on a mission to make disciples. Those churches are a great fit for anyone who has been involved with Chi Alpha. 

If you’re a Chi Alpha student or alumni, there are multiple ways for you to connect to a new church:

  • Attending a Chi Alpha on your campus but haven’t plugged in at a church yet?
  • Graduating soon and moving off to enter the workforce?
    • Find a community of believers to belong to, and bring your professional skills and passion for disciple-making to a new church on the church plant map.
  • Feel like God has called you to join the team at a new church?
    • Click on Start Year to see how you can get funding to work on a church team full-time or part-time while you start your career.
  • If you’d like more information about new churches (how to find one, how to get involved, how to start one, etc.) click here and we’ll connect with you.


See what Chi Alpha leaders are saying about CMN

Chi Alpha friends, it is my pleasure to recommend CMN and their network of church plants to you. Your transition into “the real world” is just as high-stakes as was your transition from high school to college. Finding a spiritual community to share life with in the place where you will live and work is critical. 

In addition, church plants are a great opportunity for those with Chi Alpha DNA to continue to exercise their discipleship and community building skills. A “Chi Alphan” simply can’t imagine a spiritual life where you are not a major contributor to the community through service and discipleship. CMN church plants are high on passion and vision and in need of such Christians with a Kingdom view of life. These are churches where we can let God do through us what He has done in us during our Chi Alpha years!

CMN is a credible, well-led fellowship of men and women who believe in Chi Alpha and in the potential of Chi Alpha Alumni. I hope you, as I have, will choose a church plant for your church family.
— -Lennon Noland (XA Director, North Texas District)
With thousands of Chi Alpha alumni joining the marketplace each year, we need to help them find ways where they can continue to serve and grow. How fortunate that the Church Multiplication Network (CMN), one of our sister organizations in the Assemblies of God and the nation’s top church planting organization, is here to help our students succeed post-college! 

Consider investing in the Kingdom of God by giving a year to a CMN church plant where you can live out your faith and continue to be part of a strong Christian community.
— -Brad Novosad (XA Director, Nebraska District)

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