PRE-LAUNCH STAGE. Presenter notes (suggestions). PRE-LAUNCH GOALS. Settle into the community Win early spiritual victories Break the missional code Win people to Christ Assemble and disciple converts Recruit & equip the launch team.
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PRE-LAUNCH GOALS Settle into the community Win early spiritual victories Break the missionalcode Win people to Christ Assemble and disciple converts Recruit & equip the launch team
The main goal of the Pre-Launch Stage is the right well-equipped Launch Team
The Right Launch Team Trusts Christ and you Is committed to your strategic plan Includes new believers from community Fits those you are called to reach Is willing to sacrifice for the cause
Pre-Launch Mistakes Skippingthe pre-launch stage Not starting with evangelism Not learning how your lost target thinks Poor positioning in terms of church name, style, description of church Not setting dates for your previews Choosing an area that no place for the church to rent
What Was Jesus’ Pre-launch Strategy? Matt. 4:1-11 -Led by God to fast and do spiritual battle John 1:30-52 - Won the first followers who became his launch team members
How Did Jesus Win His First Disciples? John 1 Went to where openpeople were Dialogued with those most interested Did an Evangelistic Bible Study Pulled out those connected
What Was Peter’s Pre-launch Strategy? Acts 1:12f- gathered the 120 Acts 1:14- united them in prayer Acts 1:15f- taught Scripture related to Judas’s replacement Acts 2:14f- begin preaching the gospel
What Was Paul’s Pre-launch Strategy? “And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.” Acts 16:13 ESV “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” 1 Corinthians 9:19 ESV
Importance Of ThePre-launch Stage • Future health and stability depend on it (roots) • Sets the DNA • Determines who will stay • Helps the planter establish credibility • Practice for the big leagues
1. Settle Into The Community Why? • Families need a nest • You need a place to rest • You need to adjust to the community
2. Win Early Spiritual Victories • Because the enemy is entrenched For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Cor. 10:4 ESV
But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you…We do not boast beyond limit in the labors of others. But our hope is that as your faith increases, our area of influence among you may be greatly enlarged, 2 Cor. 10:13,15 ESV
How Jesus & Paul Won Battles • Scripture • Prayer • Preaching of the gospel • Assertion of spiritual authority
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses‘ assistant, 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. Example Of How God Extended Territory Through Joshua 1
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them Joshua 1:1-6 ESV
Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7 ESV
3. Break The Missional Code • Key to developing successful ministry strategies “And the one who has understanding will succeed.” Pr. 19:8b (EB) “…and the wise heart will know the proper time and the just way.” Eccl. 8:5b ESV
People With Good Understanding Will Be Liked... Proverbs 13:15 (EB) What do lost visitors want when they visit a worship service?
3. Understanding is necessary for appropriate cultural adjustments For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them…To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 1 Cor. 9:19, 22 ESV
How Do You Break The Missional Code Of Your Target? • Live and work with them • Pray for wisdom • Study the Scriptures • Study the culture • Ask questions and listen
What Does The Bible Say About Lost People? Gen. 3 • Can be deceived • Are rebellious • Choose people over God • Feel shame and are motivated by fear • Are hiding and blame shifting • Are separated from God
Matt. 9:12-37 • Sick, sinners, that need new wineskins • Filleted open& being abused • Lost without a shepherd • Plenty of them are ripe for harvest • Matt. 10:5-23 • Need reaching out to, 5 • Are culture bound, 6 • Need the gospel, 7 • Need their needs met, 8 • Some will be hospitable, 12, 15 • Some will reject you and hurt you, 16f
Ephesians 2 • Dead, 1, captives of Satan, 2 • Living for themselves, objects of wrath, 3 • Are loved, 4 • Can be made alive, saved, 7-9 • Can fulfill God’s purpose, 10 • Foreigners without hope or God, 12 • Can be brought together in Christ, as family members and living stones that are fit together. 13-22
Study Their Culture To Find Out The Following: Turf- how can you go to them? Trials- what do they struggle with? Tastes- what are their preferences? Tunes- what music do they listen to? Traditions- what do they do habitually? Times- when are they most likely to go to church?
Study Their Culture To Find Out Topics- what will attract them? Tales- what are their cultural stories? Triumphs- what are they proud of? Transitions- what is changing? Tribe- who do they identity with? Tongue- what is their lingo? Temperature of culture- warm or cold?
What The Unchurched Say About Church • See no value in attending • Think churches have too manyproblems or fights • No time or not interested • Churches are too interested in money
Services boring Irrelevant Disbelief in God * Bad experience with church * Are down on organized church * Distrust the church (child safety)
Why The Unchurched Would Visit Church: • Invitedby a friend or relative • Special “felt need” events • Seminar • Direct mail that appeals to a felt need • A new church starting up close by • Sense a special need for God in their life
Why Do Door To Door Listening Surveys? • They are a way to apply Matt. 10 • Gets the shepherd out finding lost sheep (persons of peace). • Fills your heart with compassion • Help you break the missional code
Why do door to door surveys? Make a good impression 5. Allows you to localize your efforts 6. Fast way to connect with many 7. Leads to conversions
How To Do Door To Door Surveys? Go alone or as man & woman team, or two women Go when people are home and awake Prayerfully go in faith Tools: surveys on clipboard, pen, map, results chart, tract
What To Do At The Door? Stand back from the door after ringing, hands in view Smile, make eye contact, speak in an ordinary, friendly voice Give opening lines quickly & clearly Keep it brief Get name and additional contact info of those interested Thank them, and give them invite card
Opening line Hello I’m _____________, and I am your neighbor a couple of streets over. I am also the pastor of new church that will be starting in the neighborhood. I am doing a simple four-question opinion poll related to needs and interests in this area. Would you help me out? It should take less than 3 minutes.
Questions What do you think is the greatest need in this area? Are you actively attending any church? Why do you think most people don’t attend church? If you were to look for a church to attend, what kind of things would you look for? Could we email you an invite to our new church when it starts?
4. Win people to Christ “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,...” Matt. 28:19a ESV
Why To Win People During Pre-launch? • Better for long-term conversion growth percentages • “Stickier” for new believers
Builds credibility The target market is huge Solid Christians Unsaved
Motivation For Evangelism Basic motive: love for God and people Extra motivation according to gifting: Apostles - to plant churches Prophets - to proclaim truth Evangelists – to express their gift Pastor-teachers – to rescue lost sheep
Extra Motivation According To Gifting: Leaders- help people find direction Mercy- compassion for hurting people Givers- give greatest gift, eternal life Teachers- to make apprentices of Jesus Helpers- to make others successful Encouragers- to see people make progress
How Jesus Won People • Relational evangelism, Jn 1, 4 • Went to celebrations, Jn 2:1-11 • Defended the defenseless, Jn 2:12f • Made gospel appointments, Jn 3 • Shared as He went, Jn 4
How Jesus Won People • Met needs, John 5,6 • Preached publicly, John 7:37 • Created lots of preaching points, Luke 4:43-44 • Shared in the marketplace, Lk 5:27f • Attended parties of “persons of peace” Lk 5: 29-30
Ways to start winning people Pray for wisdom, courage, and open doors Go in search of persons of peace Create bridge events Organize service projects Make gospel appointments Offer Discovery Parties and Seminars, Luke 5:27f Use plug and play DVD groups Evangelistic Bible Studies