Our mission is to impact the world — through launching new, inclusive faith communities.
In 2017, a group of about 20 faith entrepreneurs from stable and growing communities around the country came together to imagine what it would look like to launch more loving, more inclusive, Gospel-based communities grounded in progressive theology and our shared passions for justice. With time a vision began to take shape and in 2019, under the leadership of Co-Founders Aaron Bailey, Jennifer Fisher and Colby Martin, along with a board of supportive leaders, Launchpad Partners began offering coaching, consulting, and cohort support for faith leaders discerning and actively engaged in launching new communities.
Love: We believe love is the driving force behind everything we do and it unites us all in our differences. God is love, and in Jesus Christ we witness the ultimate manifestation of that love, which begins with a healthy love of self and flourishes in loving, authentic community with others and creation.
Belonging: We believe that the need for belonging is sacred. Life is hard and lonely, therefore we prioritize connection and support within the larger Launchpad network, creating opportunities to foster belonging and recognize that when we are connected to others in genuine relationship we can better know God and ourselves.
Inclusion: We humbly recognize that damage has been done by those who have traditionally held power within the church. In every space we create, we will advocate for, partner with, elevate, and learn from all voices, including but not limited to women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals and more.
Imagination: We believe imagination is an essential element of faith. We are here to partner with others as we imagine new concepts of church and community that will serve our changing world. Anchored in faith, hope, and love, we partner with leaders through the journey of developing and implementing the practical steps of an imagined reality within their place and context where all people can thrive as God intended.
Collaboration: We believe that what can come from a collaboration of multiple voices and perspectives is more beautiful and more effective than acting alone. We support communities in creating collaborative spaces, coaching through shared leadership models, breaking down hierarchies that have held others down, acting justly, and valuing the dignity and worth of every person.
Heritage: We believe the tradition of Christianity, while fraught with baggage, still offers practices and rituals that are good for the flourishing of the Soul. We encourage the development of fresh practices of faith to complement some of the rich traditions of Christianity through which we came.
If we live out these values…
If our spaces are more inclusive, collaborative, loving, connected, and integrated, then we might better reflect the dream of God on earth as it is in heaven.