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Launch Strong

A Planning Guide for Becoming a Multiplying Church

Brett Andrews and Dale Spaulding

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.

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Author(s)

Brett Andrews
Church Planter, Author
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 pursued multiplication by expanding it reach through multisite and directly supporting nearly 100 church plants. The church has 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.
Recently, New Life developed the nZone, an indoor recreational facility, allowing thousands of Washingtonians to experience the love of God every week even before they know it’s God’s love they’re experiencing.
Brett holds a B.A.in Christian Ministries and Bible from Cincinnati Christian University. He is the author of the book Give God Some Credit: Risk Taking for Greater Impact.
Brett’s greatest blessing on earth is his wife of 25 years, Laura, and their four children. He enjoys competitive sailing, coaching baseball, and his beagle that will eagerly greet you by wetting on the floor.
Dale Spaulding
Dale Spaulding is the director of Passion for Planting. Located in Chantilly, Virginia, Passion for Planting was founded by church planters to help church planters stay focused on people. Passion for Planting provides tools, free downloadable resources, and project management to ensure the multitude of tasks required to plant a healthy church comes together at the right time. The ministry also offers a church planter residency program that teaches the nuts and bolts of how to start a new church from the ground up.
Dale is a marketplace-to-ministry guy. Prior to his time with Passion for Planting, he worked as a software quality engineer and technical fellow with The Boeing Company. Before Boeing, Dale served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Dale holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University and an M.S. in Information Systems from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.
Dale and his wife, Nancy, live in Fairfax, Virginia. He has two sons and two grandchildren. He enjoys golf, Auburn University football and all Washington, D.C., sports teams, which takes a LOT of patience.

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