Expand Team


The Expand Team is a diverse collection of pastors and staff members from a number of churches in our association. The team helps to facilitate the church planting ministries of the churches of the Jacksonville Baptist Association (JBA).

Through our partnerships with the North American Mission Board and the Florida Baptist Convention, we assist in the following areas as churches and planters pursue God’s call to start new, healthy, reproducing churches in the greater Jacksonville area.


Assessment is a long process, through which churches work with potential planters work to discover and confirm their calling, giftedness, and readiness to engage in the difficult but rewarding task of church planting.  Church planting is the “hardest job you’ll ever love,” but it is a hard job. Walking through the important process of assessment is a great way to start the journey of church planting the right way as it helps ensure the candidate (and launch team) have the skills and resources to thrive in ministry.


One of the greatest needs of every church planter is training, especially in the area of leadership. After partnering with the sending church to make sure the candidate has the requisite theological training, the JBA works to place all assessed church planters into leadership development cohorts with other planters to grow in the basics of leadership, gospel engagement, multiplication, vision development and casting, and other areas that have shown to be vital in the planting of thriving, reproducing church plants.

Leadership Coaching

Every church planter needs a coach! The road is too difficult to walk alone. Additionally, most planters are planting their first church. For many planters, it’s even their first step into vocational ministry. Coaching is a vital resource that helps our planters think through the leadership lessons they are learning in their training cohort, helps the planters process what God is doing in their lives and their church, and exposes the planter to resources that he may not be aware of, but may need at a given point in ministry. The JBA has a number of church planting pastors that have been trained as coaches and are willing to invest in the next generation of pastors. Our plan is to provide every planter (and planter’s wife) that partners with the JBA with two years of high quality coaching as they embark on their planting journey.


in addition to training and coaching, the churches of the JBA partner together to make sure our planters receive tremendous levels of encouragement, support, and fellowship. We are intentional in our efforts to make sure no planter (or planter’s wife) feels alone on their journey.

Sending Church Support

Churches plant churches. The JBA helps facilitate the process. One of the ways we do so is by coming alongside churches at various stages of readiness to plant and helping them engage in the process through the development of prayer strategies, multiplication pipelines, and leadership development. Every church can become a sending church by employing the unique resources and giftedness God has given them to invest in church plants around the city.