2019 Engagement Accelerator

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

Attract the community Get more visitors Keep people engaged Grow more disciples Multiply leaders

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.

Executive Pastor
Sun Valley Church



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


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.


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


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.


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!

Associate Pastor of Leadership Development
Evergreen Christian Community


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

Denise McCleese
Program Director

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 Mentor

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


Here’s a taste of what’s in store for you at the upcoming meetup scheduled for Nov 5–7, 2019.

Session 1: What is
Get an assessment/update on where churches are with data, analytics, and messaging.

Session 2: What might be
Learn from cross-industry leaders and follow up with team time for discussion.

Discuss what resonated with your current efforts and what new possibilities surface for you.


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


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, Denise McCleese. She’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 at 6-month intervals. The locations and dates are yet to be decided. Please visit this page again for further updates.

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.

Stadia Church Planting

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2019 Engagement Accelerator

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