Episode 331: When to Use a SWAT (Special, Willing, and Temporary) Team

In Episode 331 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed answer a question submitted via Office Hours, a perk of being a Plus Member. On this episode, learn how to determine when a SWAT  (special, willing, and temporary) Team should be used and how to ensure that their roles will be filled once they leave.  Here’s today’s question:

I recently read that the launch team should be a team of people living in the area where the new church will meet. I am in a mother-daughter plant station where the mother church is 20 minutes away. My plan is to recruit a hybrid launch team of people in my area and people from the mother church 20 minutes away. Is that a good idea?  

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • What SWAT teams are
  • Why a church plant would consider using a SWAT team
  • Points to consider when using a SWAT team

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Get them engaged, get them involved, even if they are coming from a distance.” – @edstetzer
  • “Based on geographical distance, give them certain roles over others.” – @danielsangi
  • “If at all possible, don’t choose the SWAT team members to be your public ministry leaders.” – @edstetzer
  • “I want to constantly ask the SWAT team members if they have someone in place for when they leave.” – @edstetzer
  • “The goal for the SWAT team members is to have someone that can replace them before they leave.” –  @edstetzer
  • “The benefit of being a launch from a church plant and smaller, is that you can really embed yourself and be incarnational and missional in the neighborhood you are planting in.” – @danielsangi

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