007: Your First Year-ish
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Getting ready to launch as a church officially requires lots of steps and people. In this episode, Loren and Carrie talk about their 18-month prelaunch phase. They had the goal of 10 family units and set out to build that team. Loren set out to make some inroads in the community by reaching out to the local police department and the Mayor, ultimately serving on the Parks and Rec committee. He also spent some time taking care of all of the necessary paperwork.
In Utah, this consisted of:
501c3
Articles of Incorporation
Business License
State Sales Tax Exemption
Non Profit Mailing Status

The couple also talks about how great it was to have men's and women's bible studies in those early days. It helped them learn the culture and build relationships with people who may not come on Sunday.

Loren and Carrie suggest that you plan a vacation. This is something that they recommend doing every year from year one. They feel like they waited too long for this, and their marriage suffered because of it. Also, they share how writing a monthly newsletter helped them focus on the "wins" and see what God was doing. Finally, they wrap up the episode by talking about the importance of having coaches to keep you accountable and love on you during this difficult phase.

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