Ron Sylvia is the founding and lead pastor of Church at The Springs in Ocala, Florida, and Director of NEXT Churches. The Springs began in an office building in 1994 with only 21 people and now with three campuses averages over 4,000 in weekly attendance. While leading a fast-growing church, Ron learned firsthand the value of mentoring & coaching. As a result, Ron started NEXT Churches, an organization that equips lead pastors nationwide. Ron and the NEXT team have coached hundreds of church planters & pastors to start & lead healthy churches. Ron also leads networks as one of the few certified in the well-known Tom Paterson Strategic Planning Process, using the process to help pastors think & act strategically in the local church. Ron is the author of Launching a Purpose Driven Church conference curriculum and authored his story and methods in the book, Starting New Churches on Purpose.


PRE-CONFERENCE: Launching a New Church Lab – Hosted by Passion for Planting
Gain critical insights from church planting leaders on how you can prepare to start a healthy church that reaches people far from God. No hype or theory here, just proven how-to strategies for launching effectively. Come with your questions and gain valuable lessons learned in planter preparation, vision/mission, launch planning, fundraising and building momentum. You won't want to miss the Church Planter Coaches "Pre-Game Talk" that addresses the hot topics and top challenges planters are facing today. See list of all speakers in this pre-conference here.
Day / Time: Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am
Location: Worship Center - Room 124

Workshop Session 1: Launching Large
Launch larger than you ever dreamed to reach as many people for Christ as possible. Launching Large is different for every planter depending on the launch location. Ron Sylvia will help you focus on a proven strategy for launching large in your community.
Time: Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 223

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