Launch Strong

A Planning Guide for Becoming a Multiplying Church


Launch Strong: A Planning Guide for Becoming a Multiplying Church is a great follow-up resource to Becoming a Level 5 Multiplying Church Field Guide. Drawing from his experience of leading a church planting church, Brett Andrews and Dale Spaulding (Director of Passion for Planting) provide clear next steps on the journey of church multiplication.

In Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church Field Guide, Exponential leaders Todd Wilson and Dave Ferguson get us pumped up on church multiplication.  So, now that we’re motivated, we start asking questions like, “how do we get there from here?” and “where do we begin?”  The answer – you need a plan.

In Launch Strong, Brett and Dale introduce a six-step planning process for becoming a multiplying church. This process can be used develop a Church Multiplication Plan, as well as a Launch Plan for a new church plant. The Six-Step Planning Process includes:
STEP 1:  Start with the end in mind.
STEP 2:  Develop strategies.
STEP 3:  Group and sequence tasks.
STEP 4:  Schedule tasks.
STEP 5:  Budget tasks.
STEP 6:  Assign tasks.

Launch Strong will help you plan step by step with God. For some, planning is something you know you need to do, but you just don’t like to do it. Others may feel like the more you plan, the less spiritual you must be. And some spend so much time thinking and planning that they never actually get much done. Somewhere along the spectrum, there is a Godly way to plan.

Key Takeaways:

  • Shift in thinking to plan right to left vs. traditional left to right planning.
  • Church Multiplication Plan and New Church Launch Plan templates to help you get started.
  • Supporting tools such as PlanterJobs, PlanterApp and PlanterPlan to manage all the details.
Brett Andrews
Brett Andrews is the founding pastor of New Life Christian Church in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Since launching in 1993, New Life has grown to be multi-site and has directly planted 294 churches with over 31,000 people reached. They’ve also built a national church-planting ministry, Passion for Planting, that has impacted countless other church plants by providing free resources and project management and by shaping Exponential into what it is today. New Life also runs the nZone, an indoor recreational facility, which allows over 400,000 Washingtonians experience the love of God every year—before they know it’s God’s love they are experiencing. Brett’s greatest blessing on earth is his wife of twenty-nine years, Laura, and their four children. He enjoys sailing, coaching baseball, and his beagle, who will eagerly greet you by wetting the floor.
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Dale Spaulding
Dale Spaulding is recently retired after serving as the Director of Passion for Planting for seven years. Located in Chantilly, VA, Passion for Planting was founded by church planters to help church planters stay focused on people. Prior to his work at P4P, Dale was a software quality engineer and technical fellow with The Boeing Company. Prior to Boeing, Dale served in the US Navy for twenty-two years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Dale holds a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University and an MS in Information Systems from the US Naval Postgraduate School. Dale lives in Fairfax, VA with his wife Nancy. He has two sons and three grandchildren.
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