Coaching Cohort

The First Five Years

January 2023 - June 2023

This 6-month cohort will help you discover what you can expect during that time and what are the most important tasks to focus on in your first five years at a church. Further, revitalization pastor, Matt McCraw, will talk about his real-life experiences from his first five years at his own church. 



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The First Five Years

January 2023 - June 2023

Do you know what to expect and do in the first five years of ministry?

The first five years at your church are crucial. In some ways, those years go quickly, and in other ways, they feel like an eternity. Do you know what decision to make or what to do first?


❌ You don’t have a mentor

❌ Building a strategy feels daunting

❌ You’re missing plans or goals

❌ You lack trusted people around you

Your First Five Years at Your Church

  • What you can expect
  • No Gimmicks
  • The most important tasks to focus on in the first five years
  • Hear real-life experiences
  • Encouragement and hope
  • Clarity and goals

Meet with Matt McCraw and Your Peers Who Want to Know What to Do and What to Expect in the First Five Years.

In this cohort, Matt will look at six areas to help you in your first five years. The experience may seem daunting, but you can have joy and confidence as you lead your church. If you are starting or in the process of the first five years of your church, this cohort is for you.

What’s Included?

Cohort led by a subject matter expert

Your cohort leader is Dr. Matt McCraw, Senior Consultant and Coach at Church Answers.

Monthly live event

Each cohort includes 6 live Zoom events hosted by your leader and attended by 9 other like-minded church leaders.

Private online community

One year of Church Answers Silver includes access to Church Answers Central, our private digital forum with over 1,800 pastors and leaders.

Peer-to-peer learning

Participate in real-time Q&A and learning with others in the cohort and your cohort leader.

Free Book included

Leading the Jesus Way by Matt McCraw (release date TBD) will be shipped to you when the book is released.

Meet Your Cohort Leader

Matt McCraw

Matt McCraw is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Bartow, Florida. Matt has served in various local church roles, including student ministry, missions, and pastoral ministry. Matt has a bachelor’s degree from Boyce College and a doctorate in education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys the outdoors, reading, and spending time with his wife and kids.

Topics addressed in the cohort

  • First steps in your first five
  • Evaluate the church
  • Shape the church
  • Push the church
  • Push yourself
  • Determine your legacy

On multiple occasions, I’ve had the opportunity to talk through life and ministry with Matt McCraw. As both a mentor and friend, he has given me godly and pastoral advice that has helped me grow into a better pastor, husband, and father. I am grateful for the things I have learned from his experience, and he remains a trusted friend and partner in the ministry

Alex Davis, Campus Pastor
Lakes Church, Lakeland, Florida

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