Behind the Scenes of Church Planting in the NAB

Explore NAB Podcast: Episode 3

For the third part of the conversation on church planting, Stu Streeter, Chris Finchum, John Cassidy, and Jamie Hamblet talk about launch day. Listen in as they share some behind-the-scenes stories of missteps and surprises in the first days of their church plants.

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New Campus Launch

Recently, Stu Streeter spent a few days in Medina, Ohio, with the team from Heartland Community Church as they prepared to multiply the reach of the Gospel into a neighboring community through launching a second campus. Drew and Carissa Steinhart will serve as campus pastors and are currently building a team to launch sometime later this year.

One of the crucial early steps for any church or leader following the call to multiply is to send their leaders through an assessment process the NAB church planting team hosts alongside our church planting network partners, Excel and C2C Collective. Four potential planting couples from the NAB were at the most recent assessment in Dallas, Texas, alongside Stu from the NAB International Office, Central Plains Regional Minister Dan Heringer, and Joseph Thomas, lead pastor at Neshimany Valley Baptist Church, who served as a first-time staff observer. We asked the Steinharts to help those in the wider NAB family get a sense for the experience of multiplying and the early steps in that process through assessment.

Click below for an interview where they share some reflections from their experience.

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Church Planter of the Week


Brandon and Marci Jones, NAB Missionaries, Brazil. Brandon and Marci knew God wanted them to be missionaries, but it wasn’t until 2015 that God directed them to Brazil, where they have been for the past seven months. Brandon and Marci and their three children—Daniel, Monica, and Olivia—are continuing to establish new rhythms of life. Brandon is teaching one class per semester at the Baptist Theological Seminary as he deepens his grasp of Portuguese. The rest of the family is also working through the language-acquisition process in the midst of all of the other transitions and difficulties. Pray for healthy stress management for all five members of the family, but especially Brandon and Marci as they help their children navigate this new country. Pray also that each of them learns Portuguese well. To find out more information, visit

Missionary/Church Planter of the Week