An experienced practitioner in the practical nuts & bolts of planting churches, Patrick has supported church planters full-time since 2007. Now the Director of Operations, he oversees the day-to-day at Passion for Planting, the church planting ministry of New Life Christian Church (Chantilly, VA). He is passionate about helping planters put wheels on their vision so that it becomes reality.


PRE-CONFERENCE: Church Planting Nuts & Bolts — Hosted by Passion for Planting
Come to this high-energy equipping lab that features experienced practitioners teaching church planting fundamentals with disciple making at the core. On Day 1, we’ll focus on real-world, proven, practical methods of disciple making that continued to thrive even during the pandemic. On Day 2, we’ll provide the “how to” nuts and bolts (with tools & templates) for church planting post-pandemic. Come learn, be encouraged, be challenged, and have fun! Don’t just plant a church, start a Disciple Making Movement that fuels a Church Planting Movement! Full list of speakers for this pre-con here.
Day / Time: Monday 1:00pm — 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am — 11:30am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H

Workshop Session 2: Where to Start: The Launch Plan
The Launch Plan for a church plant is a clear and concise narrative that answers a number of basic questions, including: Why you are planting? Whom are you trying to reach? Where will the church be located? Who will do it with you? How much it will cost? How will it be funded? What kind of church it will be? How will you gather a launch team? What are the critical indicators of health? This Launch Planning workshop will walk you through the Six Steps of Planning that will result in a compelling Launch Plan for the new church.
Time: Wednesday, 8:45am — 9:45am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H
Speakers: Patrick Bradley

Networking Lunch: Funding Your Vision — Hosted by Passion for Planting
The biggest transfer of generational wealth in history is underway and bringing with it tectonic shifts in how donors approach generosity. Come hear from Phil Ling, church planter, business entrepreneur and sixth-generation ministry leader. He brings research, experience and insights into how generosity intersects with disciple making. Networking with Phil Ling, Brett Andrews, Pat Furgerson, and Patrick Bradley.
Day/Time: Wednesday, March 9 / 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H

Workshop Session 4: Get Your 501c3 Faster: Save Time & Money on Legal Paperwork
Get plain-language helps and hacks to un-complicate the incorporation and 501c3 paperwork for your church plant. This workshop will also touch on Bylaws, postal permits, ongoing annual requirements and how to open a church checking account. Paperwork doesn’t have to be hard! Come learn from an experienced practitioner and take the fear out of filing your church legal paperwork.
Time: Thursday, 8:45am — 9:45am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301H
Speakers: Patrick Bradley

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