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View Benchmarks in the 4-Stage Launch

Benchmarks in the 4-Stage Launch

First the seed, then the stalk, then the head, then the full-kernel of grain. Mark 4:28

Just as the wise farmer evaluates the growth of the crop, so too the wise church planter evaluates progress of their new church at each stage.

Just as the farmer makes adjustments at each stage, evaluating the need for hydration, fertilization, pesticide, pruning, etc.

The wise church planter looks at benchmarks needed at each stage to determine what adjustments need to be made and to determine if they are ready to move to the next stage.

Check off the benchmarks achieved.  If you have achieved all benchmarks, you are ready to move to the next stage.  If you have not achieved all benchmarks, you can only move to the next stage with approval of your coach.  Consistently not meeting benchmarks would move your church to “critical care”—see the ‘Sustainability’ document.  Meet with your coach before moving to each new stage.

Stage One - Core Group Development

     
Start date________

Check off each area if achieved (usually takes 3-4 months):

___ A minimum of 20-25 committed adults in the core
___ 50% of core from new contacts
___ clear, compelling vision, values, timeline and strategic plan
___ begin incorporation, financial system, enrollment in ECC pension, insurance, beginning ECC credentialing, enrolled in CEOP (if needed)
___ planter is understood to be the ‘legitimate leader’ of the group
___ increasing number of people contacted, visiting and connecting with the group
___ strong sense of momentum developing within the core
___ Planning outreaches and strategies to contact Latino families
                       
Achieved by________

Each goal is important to accomplish before moving to the next stage.

Stage Two – Preview Services (accelerated core group development)

 
Start date_______

Check if achieved: (usually takes 3-4 months)

___ minimum attendance of 60-80 in preview services
___ 10 new people at each preview service
___ strong word-of-mouth with over ½ of new people from personal invitation
___ 5 new people assimilated into core group
___ beginning to see people come to Christ
___ good facility, good financial record keeping, people beginning to tithe to new church
___ increasing attendance at each preview service
___ planning and recruiting people for 4-key ministries of worship, children, assimilation, small groups/bible study
                       
Achieved by________

Each goal is important to accomplish before moving to the next stage.

Stage Three – Preparatory Worship

 
Start date_________

Check if achieved: (usually takes 3-4 months)

___ minimum average attendance of 50 in services
___ quality of 4 key ministries raised from C to B+ and increasing number of people serving in one of the ministry teams
___ 50% of adults in some kind of small group/bible study structure
___ Increasing numbers of people come to Christ
___ Formal discipleship in place
___ a system of data base on place
___ develop new strategies of evangelism, prayer and planning for outreach in next stage
___ continuing gathering and increasing attendance at worship
                       
Achieved by________  
 
Each goal is important to accomplish before moving to the next stage.

Stage Four – Grand Opening

Start date_________

Check if achieved: (usually takes 3-4 months)

___ minimum average attendance of 80 in services
___ great facility that can accommodate growth to 150+
___ have begun interim leadership team
___ New disciples assimilated into the church ministries
___ keeping most of the core, while incorporating new people into core
___ beginning plans to be received as an EC church, with constitution, membership, etc.


At the end of each stage, the wise church planter does three things:

1. Evaluation of what went right, what needs to be improved, and what needs to be changed personally and with your core team.

2. Consultation with coach for adjustments, etc.

3. Celebration with the people of what God has done thus far!  People will continue to support what they celebrate.  Share the credit and help people to see that it’s all been a God-thing!


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