The Launch Season of Planting
Kairos coaches around three seasons of planting:
Most planters are ready to move from the Groundwork to the Launch season in about a year. By this time he should have his vision developed, his funding in place, have a good support and prayer team, and be in a good coaching rhythm. At this point the planter has developed his root system for the new church. Now it's time to move into the next season of planting: Launch.
We're making two primary assumptions for the Launch phase. One, that the model for the new church will be congregational, this means larger than the single cell, family style context of a house or "organic" church. The goal is to get the new church above the crowd point of 80 people at its launch so it will have the resources to grow. Two, the church will have two primary structural components: missional communities for discipleship and service and a central worship experience for vision and energy. It's the gravitational effect of these two structures that provide the staying and growing power for the new church.
These two assumptions define the goal for the Launch phase: launching the regular worship experience in a way that allows it to average 100+ attendees at its first anniversary.
There's one other assumption we're making in the Launch season: you won't have 100 people you can migrate immediately to jump start the church. If you have a mother church that can do that for you--go for it! Don't be shy. But most planters are going to have to build from the ground up; you can't count on a "just add water" approach for instant church.
The five tasks of Launch season are designed to help you start a church from scratch. Look at the photo above and let's briefly run through each piece.