Mac Lake

Mac Lake is the visionary architect of The LAUNCH Group. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (1984) and Dallas Theological Seminary (1990). In 1997, Mac planted Carolina Forest Community Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In 2004, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to serve as leadership development pastor at Seacoast Church. In July 2010, Mac partnered with Brian Bloye at West Ridge Church to start LAUNCH. Since beginning in Jan 2011, LAUNCH has assessed over 170 church planters and trained over 80 planters across the country. Mac and his wife, Cindy, live in metro Atlanta and have three children, Brandon, Jordan and Brianna. You can follow Mac on his blog at

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Leadership Development | Mac Lake | Exponential

What if we're developing leaders because we see potential in people? - Mac Lake Most churches do not have a…

Wrestling with Challenging Kingdom Multiplication Questions

"I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions." –renowned NCAA football coach Lou Holtz Years…


Filling Your Leadership Pipeline

The "leadership pipeline" has become common place language in the church today. But few understand how to maximize this concept…


6 Signs You’re Addicted to Addition—and Why That’s Not a Good Thing

Recently, my friend Vance Pitman, planter and pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, shared with a group of church…


Starting and Sustaining a Viral City Church Planting Movement

There is a great need for a movement of the Gospel in our cities. The good news is God is…

Maximizing the Leadership Pipeline


Developing a Leadership System

Leaders encounter a multitude of challenges, problems and decisions everyday. Handling these issues almost always means dealing with people on…

Building a Leadership Development Culture

In this Exponential 2012 podcast, Mac Lake speaks about building a leadership development culture. Growing organizations have an ever-increasing need…


Reproducing Leaders

2007 Exponential Conference Reproducing Churches Track.  Discover a reproducing strategy for leaders that will allow your church to experience exponential…