Pastoral Launching Pad - PLP

Pastoral Launching Pad is a one-year residency at Bent Tree Church, for men and women who feel called by God to lead a local church.

Pastoral Launching Pad is a one-year residency program that runs from January through December of each year. Residents will spend 20 hours per week working directly in the ministry of Bent Tree church and 20 hours per week being mentored and trained by Pastor Pete Briscoe and other Bent Tree staff members. The resident's year in PLP will include intensive training in the areas of preaching, leadership, community, worship and arts, missions, and pastoral care. At the end of the residency, PLP will assist each resident in connecting with and launching into a church in need of a lead pastor. PLP offers a unique combination of ministry experience and mentorship. The residents and their spouses (if applicable) will be directly mentored by Pastor Pete Briscoe and his wife, Libby, and will also directly interact with Bent Tree’s senior leadership team, the elder board, and pastoral staff. PLP residents will be given the opportunity to preach to people of varying ages and stages of life. After each preaching engagement, a pastoral staff member will sit down with the resident and evaluate the content and delivery of the sermon. In addition to the resident’s ministry responsibilities, PLP includes intensive training in preaching, leadership, community, worship and arts, missions, and pastoral care. Finally, Bent Tree is committed to helping launch residents into existing churches in need of a pastor. For these reasons, and many others, PLP is a one-of-a-kind residency. The first year of the residency launches in January of 2014. Apply now!

Mission: Our mission is to raise up, equip, and resource pastors to lead churches where Christ is central, preaching is nutritious, grace is lived out, and mission is prioritized.

Welcome Andrew Yi and Ben D Faus 2019-2020 PLP Residents!

And, they’re off! PLP Graduates Steven Christopher and Amy Leigh Bamberg are off to their next adventure! Well done cohort of 2019. Excited to see God use you in the years ahead.

We celebrate with Jason White and Manchaca Baptist Church... $1.5 Million paid off = DEBT FREE!

[06/10/19]   The 2018/2019 Residents are about to graduate! What a year!! Can you help get the word out that we have 2 great pastoral candidates looking for their people to serve? Let us know of any openings and we’ll send a resume.

Sen. Ben Sasse takes break from surveying damage to pitch in at donation station

Riverview church in Nebraska led by PLP Graduate Anthony & Ashley Pratt in the news during recent flooding: 'The people of Nebraska are amazing,' Sasse said while visiting relief center in Ashland

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PLP is hiring! 2019 Application is available: Learn about Bent Tree's ministry residency program and start the application process for the 2018 season.

PLP Residents Amy Leigh Bamberg and Steven Christopher wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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Get ready! This Sunday, November 18 is the release of 10 original songs from our Bent Tree worship leaders, called the New Collective. Enjoy this sample of the album, "Majestic."

Love seeing past PLP graduates pop in to say “hey!” Anthony Pratt from Ashland, Nebraska and Jason White from Austin, TX meet up at the RightNow Conference at Bent Tree.

Manchaca Baptist Church

One of PLP’s first graduates, Jason White. If your near Manchaca Texas, hit him up at Manchaca Baptist Church.

For some of us, our past is something we're ashamed of. Whether it's where we came from, choices we've made, people we've lost, or abuse we've experienced sometimes it's hard to know what God really thinks about it. Watch this clip and follow the link to learn what God really thinks about your past.

They’re here! Please welcome Amy Leigh Bamberg and Steven Christopher, our 2018-2019 PLP Residents.

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Applications for the 2018-2019 PLP Residency will soon be closing. Apply at for the August 1 start date. Learn about Bent Tree's ministry residency program and start the application process for the 2018 season.

Great weekend with PLP Graduate Anthony Pratt at Riverview Community in Ashland Nebraska.

[10/15/17]   It’s that time again. Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 PLP Residency! More info and application here:

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So good!

Are you still waiting for God to break through in some part of your life? Remember to seek God, not the break through. #WhenGodBrokeThrough

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Very proud to have one of our former residents back with us and preaching at Bent Tree Bible last Sunday. Check out this powerful message from Zach Lambert.

Also, look for another former resident (Jason White) coming to preach on 9/3!

God has prepared in advance good works for you to walk in as you depend on him. Trust in him. #WhenGodBrokeThrough

Timm and Anthony are officially PLP Graduates! They completed their Capstone Projects and are officially "launched" into churches in Germany and Nebraska! Proud to now have them part of the Bent Tree Network of church leaders.

The PLP Residents are just weeks away from being Graduates! Proud of the 2016-2017 class. Anthony and Ashley Pratt are headed to Nebraska. Timm and Kristin Sautter are headed for Germany! It has been an incredible journey. Going to miss these families... Excited to see what God does through them.

PLP Resident Timm Sautter giving our staff an introduction to German culture. He graduates our program heading back to his homeland. Well done, Timm!

The Bent Tree Network Pastor & Spouse Retreat kicked off with great community and seeing how the PLP fits into a larger scope of ministry!

PLP Resident Anthony Pratt delivering a sermon. He'll take this recording and sit with Senior Pastor Pete Briscoe for mentoring and feedback. #BentTreePLP

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Pastoral Launching Pad residents! They are Timm Sautter from Germany (the bearded one) and Anthony Pratt coming by way of New York. These guys have hit the ground running!!!

[07/26/16]   ...They're almost here...
The 2016-2017 PLP Residents begin their journey NEXT WEEK! We can't wait to introduce them to you.

Just a little reminder...

[02/17/16]   Welcome to Wednesday... What gets you through the rest of the week?

[02/10/16]   Today's the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday) Pop Quiz: How many days until Easter Sunday?

[04/27/15]   "Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails." 1 Cor. 13:7-8

Celebrating new life in Christ through baptism this morning!

Awesome day visiting former resident Jason White and his church Manchaca Baptist! So proud of Jason and his family!

Saying goodbye to Jason White on his last day as a PLP resident. You are a great husband, father, leader, and friend, and you are going to make an incredible senior pastor!

So excited for Dan Burke to start his six-week series on Colossians tonight at Bent Tree! Come to the Treehouse at 6:30pm.

Hope to see you tonight as Zach Lambert concludes the 7-week "experiencing Life in Christ" series! Come to the Treehouse at 7pm to check it out!

Spending some great time this morning talking Missions and Discipleship. Our residents are so blessed to have Bent Tree's incredibly gifted and generous staff to learn from!

Taking food to local kids and their families with the Sack Summer Hunger crew at Bent Tree this morning! #golocalBT

Fantastic morning at Life in Deep Ellum! Thanks so much to Joel and Rachel Triska for having us!

We're less than a week away from "Experiencing Life in Christ" - our summer teaching series taught by Zach Lambert! Join us on Wednesday nights starting June 11th, at 7pm in the Treehouse!

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2015 Residency Applications are only open for ONE MORE WEEK! Visit to learn more and apply!

Our residents are spending the morning critiquing sermons.

[05/25/14]   Life in the Flesh: Trying to do things only Jesus can do.
Life in the Spirit: Trusting Jesus to do things only he can do, in and through us.

[05/18/14]   "Jesus takes limited people and does unlimited things with them." Pete Briscoe

2015 Residency Applications NOW OPEN! Visit to learn more and apply.

Applications for the 2015 Residency open tomorrow! Visit to learn more and apply!

Just wrapped up an awesome week of #Catalyst at Bent Tree! So thankful for the messages of grace and identity in Christ that were preached.

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Applications for the 2015 Residency will officially open on Monday, May 12th! Learn more and apply online here:

[04/27/14]   Jesus never discriminated who He showed love to and we shouldn't either. "Racism is a cancer and we can't stop dealing with it until it is completely eradicated." - Pete Briscoe

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