Bent Tree Network & PLP

Bent Tree Network

The Bent Tree Network trains, encourages, and resources leaders committed to New Covenant preaching where Christ is central, grace is lived out, and mission prioritized. This network of Senior Pastors each have a special connection to Bent Tree as part of their spiritual heritage. Some have been trained here through our Pastoral Launching Pad, others are past interns or served on staff here, and others were members of Bent Tree before taking the lead pastoral role in their church.

Pastoral Launching Pad (PLP)

Ministry Residency Program

The most effective way to raise up churches who raise up Christ is to raise up leaders who raise up Christ and then get those leaders into churches that need Christocentric leaders. Our dream is to raise up the next generation of Christocentric, mission minded, expositional preaching leaders who thrive in ministry despite the hardships, to survive in ministry despite the temptations, who lead their churches to a deep understanding of the mystery of Christ.

The Pastoral Launching Pad (PLP) is a one-year residency open for men and women who feel called by God to lead a local church or lead a church plant. With Bent Tree now structured with a shared, collaborative leadership team rather than one senior pastor, our PLP Residents will receive guidance from our teaching team in preparation of the resident’s pastoral role. The PLP residents are trained for function, not for title. We anticipate our PLP Graduates will serve in senior pastor positions having benefited from the collaborative leadership model.

The residents will spend 40 hours per week working directly in the ministries of Bent Tree while being mentored and trained by various Bent Tree staff members. Their year in PLP will include intensive training in the areas of leadership, Adult Ministry, Family Ministry, Worship & Arts, Missions, Operations, and pastoral care. PLP Residents are committed to New Covenant preaching where Christ is central, grace is lived out, and mission prioritized.


The Pastoral Launching Pad is fully funded by the generous donations of individuals and is not part of Bent Tree’s General Fund budget. If you would like to be a part of equipping church leaders, you can donate using the button below.






Current Residents

Andrew Yi | PLP Resident

Andrew Yi

I grew up in Texas and attended the University of Houston (GO COOGS!). God has blessed me with an amazing wife, Mary, and has given us three beautiful children: Justin, Nathan, and Kristen. I graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. We are truly grateful to be able to be a part of the Bent Tree family. We are looking forward to what God will do in us and through us during our time here.

Ben Faus | PLP Resident

Ben Faus

I am married to Hannah, we have one son, and we will add a second in late August. I read a lot, including page-turners such as "Curious George" and Dr. Seuss classics. Hannah and I both grew up in Carrollton but have been blessed with opportunities to grow in the Lord and serve him in places far from it (both geographically and ideologically). We look forward to the year ahead of us and are thankful for his calling to serve alongside and learn from Bent Tree.



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