I have been around church planters and church plants on and off for the last eight years now. Currently I have the privilege of equipping and training church planters to be sent out in S. Asia. But the one thing that I noticed early on about the struggles of church planters in N. America was that they were often times sent out with little to no training and almost always alone. This seemed to be one of the biggest hindrance to every personal church planter that I knew and many of them did not survive whereas they would have had a better chance had they just had some better equipping and a team to plant with them.
That is why I am thankful for networks like The Summit Network that is building and planting gospel-centered churches. Their vision is to plant 1000 churches in our generation and although their residency is tailored more for guys planting in the US, it is out of the same group that I was equipped to be sent out to equip others to plant in S. Asia. I have also had the privilege of watching some of their most recent plants be sent out and even personally know a couple of the guys.
Here is what they have to say on their website about a Church Planting Residency: