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2019 Engagement Accelerator

How can your church take engagement
and growth to the next level?

The Engagement Accelerator is a 1-year, cohort-based program designed to help church teams like yours use data, analytics, and messaging optimally to engage better with congregants and visitors.

The experience has been fantastic! We’ve not only been pushed to shift our thinking about data, but also been put face-to-face with other churches who are struggling with the same questions and issues. We get to go to school with like-minded people and build lifelong relationships.

PAUL ALEXANDER
Executive Pastor
Sun Valley Church

HOW IT WORKS

Meetups

Three 3-day meetups will offer you the chance to interact with the Leadership Network team and peer leaders from other churches.

Sprints

Between each meetup, there will be three online group sessions where you will report on your progress and future commitments.

Monthly calls

Once a month, the program director will personally check in with the team leaders on a call to take stock of progress.

Weekly tips

Through the course of the program, you will get 52 weekly tip sheets with working experiments that you can run in your church.

WHY IT WORKS

Modeled around high-impact tech accelerators, the program is based on:

Peer learning from other influential churches such as Southeast Christian, Echo, Faith Promise, and WestGate

The Lean Startup approach that is built around rapid experimentation, measurement, and learning cycles

Silicon Valley expertise from some of the leading folks from Google, Facebook, and others

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Equip your team

Equip your team

Train and equip your team to integrate data and engagement techniques in your church.

Get expert input

Get expert input

Tap into the expertise of leaders from leading tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

Tackle problems

Tackle problems

Brainstorm with peers to find creative solutions to problems faced in your churches.

Build a customized roadmap

Build a customized roadmap

Create a roadmap to take you to a preferred future that is tailored to your unique church context.

Meet online regularly

Meet online regularly

Join online sprint sessions with the program director to report on your church’s progress.

Make new connections

Make new connections

Meet peer leaders from other churches and draw learnings from each other’s experiences.

ALUMNI CHURCHES

This was one of the best ministry trainings I’ve had. It was deep and practical, and challenged us to think about ministry in a new way. My team was able to connect with creative leaders and come up with innovative solutions to challenging problems. I would highly recommend it!

BRENT COLBY
Associate Pastor of Leadership Development
Evergreen Christian Community

MEET THE TEAM

Click the photos to learn more about our host team members.

Eric serves as the Director of Engagement and Data Initiatives at Leadership Network. He has worked with over 200 different churches in Leadership Communities as well
as Accelerators.

Eric is the co-author of four books including The Externally Focused Church and To Transform a City.

Eric Swanson
Program Director

Brent is the Director of the Leadership Development Accelerator. Brent has 35+ years of experience in senior ministry leadership and has consulted with churches across the world.

Brent has also led the European Church Planting Network, helping to plant over 1,000 churches.

Brent Dolfo
Program Facilitator

Matt serves as the Executive Director of Ministry Solutions at Gloo in Boulder, Colorado. He oversees ministry, operational and data understanding, application, and strategic design.

Matt used data and analytics to boost student enrollment while serving at Arizona State University.

Matt Engel
Content Expert

INSIDE MEETUP 1

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for you at the upcoming meetup
in Silicon Valley scheduled for Apr 2–4, 2019.

DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
13:00 - 14:00
Session 1: What is
Get an assessment/update on where churches are with data, analytics, and messaging.
14:00 - 15:30
Session 2: What might be
Learn from cross-industry leaders and follow up with team time for discussion.
15:30 - 16:00
Debrief
Discuss what resonated with your current efforts and what new possibilities surface for you.
09:00 - 10:30
Session 3: What might be
The second day begins with more learnings from cross-industry leaders, followed by team time.
10:30 - 11:30
Debrief
Spend time reflecting on the learnings and discussing how it resonates with what you’re doing.
11:30 - 12:00
Session 4: Using data, analytics, and messaging
Get a low-down on the innovative use of data, analytics, and messaging in the church space.
13:00 - 14:10
Debrief
Take part in a cross-team debrief defining two big takeaways from the morning.
14:10 - 14:30
Session 5: Hear from the experts
Join 3–5 breakout sessions led by industry experts around data, actionable insight, messaging, etc.
15:20 - 17:40
Team huddle
Get together with your team to discuss and share your learnings and applications.
18:30
Session 6: Update
Get an update from Matt Engel, the Leadership Network team’s Content Expert.
19:00
Team huddle
Work with your team on your 6-month roadmap plan and 6-week sprint commitments consulting with other teams.
09:00 - 09:20
Team huddle
Start the day with a final team prep for your customized roadmap and sprint plans.
09:20 - 10:20
Consultation
Present your team’s plan and receive feedback and coaching from 2–3 other peer churches.
10:20 - 10:40
Global takeaways
Share with the group your key learnings from the 3-day meetup.
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PROGRAM
PRICING

Join peer pastors on this 1-year journey and enjoy these program benefits.

The program pricing of $12,000 accommodates a team of 3 people from your church for the whole program.

Interactions with a cohort of fellow pastors

6 online sessions with the program director

Meetups thrice a year (most meals included)

52 weekly tip sheets mailed to your inbox

Learnings from industry experts at Silicon Valley

Monthly calls with the program director

Glimpses of past meetups

faq

About the program
Attendance
Pricing
Follow-up

The Engagement Accelerator is a one-year, cohort-based growth experience designed to help you use data, analytics, and messaging to grow as a church. Through regular meetups, peer learnings, and expert advice, you will learn how to attract the community, increase walk-ins, keep people engaged, grow more disciples, and multiply leaders.

Want to know more? Set up a call to speak with our program director, Eric Swanson. He’d be happy to answer all your questions about the Engagement Accelerator.

As with most growth activities, your results will be roughly proportionate to your engagement on this journey. You will come away with an in-depth understanding of the appropriate use of first, second, and third-party data to better understand people inside and outside your church.

We will start with problems you want solved and questions you want answered. We will also teach you how to send the right message to the right person at the right time to help that person take their next step with God.

The 3-day meetups will be held through the year at 6-month intervals. The first meetup is scheduled for Apr 2–4, 2019, at Echo Church in Silicon Valley, California.

This will be followed by the second meetup, which is scheduled for Oct 15–17, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. Finally, the third meetup will be held from Mar 31 to Apr 2, 2020, at Echo Church in Silicon Valley, California.

Yes, we welcome all churches to apply for the Engagement Accelerator. If you’d like to know how this program would benefit your church, we encourage you to set up a call to speak with our program director, Eric Swanson.

We’re glad you asked. We highly recommend bringing the following three people from your church – a leader on the Executive team, a messaging/marketing person, and a data person. This team composition is crucial for the successful implementation of the learnings from this program.

You are welcome to do so! You can bring more team members with you if you feel that your church would benefit from it.

We charge a competitive fee of $12,000 for a team of three members. This fee covers all three meetups, six Zoom sprint sessions, and monthly check-ins during the year-long program. In case you’d like to bring additional team members, you can do so at an extra cost of $500 per person per meetup.

This price covers two light breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner at all 3-day meetups. You will be required to pay for one dinner on your own.

Unfortunately not. You will have to arrange for your own transportation and lodging for all three meetups.

Yes, there will be follow-up between the three physical meetups. The program director, Eric Swanson, will check in with the team leaders on a call at least once a month.

You will be able to call Eric on his personal cell number if you have any queries or doubts. In case he’s unable to accept your call, he will make sure to call you back.

Yes, we have a Facebook group where participants can post updates and share progress. We encourage you to ask your peers for information or offer help.

It’s been an absolutely amazing journey to think about how data can affect future church planters, increase our ability to develop high-capacity church planters, and even plant more and better churches throughout the United States.

GREG NETTLE
President
Stadia Church Planting

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