LAUNCH TEAM FAQ

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. People ask, “what’s this launch team?” Others ask, “how does your launch team get together?” Here are some answers to questions we get asked a lot.


Q.What’s a launch team member?

A. A launch team member is an individual or family that’s decided to help us launch the church. They’ve committed to attending the first 90 days of our church plant when it launches. 

Q. What do launch members do before the church launches?

A. They attend regular planning meetings and will be involved in outreach and community service more and more as launch day approaches. 

Q. What’s expected of a launch team member?

A. We compel every launch team member to be involved in 1) prayer 2) serving 3) giving 4) Bible-study and 5) eventually small groups as we approach the launch.

Q. What do I get if I join the launch team?

A. 100 cool points redeemable wherever cool points are sold.

Q. Who can be a launch team member?

A. Literally anyone willing to commit to this endeavor. We don’t have a certain type of individual we’re looking for. This isn’t for everyone, but it’s for someone. That someone might just be you.

Q. What’s your timeline?

A. We plan to launch winter 2015/2016. For a more in-depth look at our timing checkout our detailed timeline.

Q. Where does the launch team meet?

A. It depends. We always meet in Portsmouth. We started meeting in our home, but that’s becoming more difficult as the team grows.

Q. How do I join the launch team?

A. Contact Marc (marcneppl@gmail.com or 757-714-2257). He’ll meet you for lunch, coffee or something informal to clue you in on the vision, plan and values of the church plant. Seriously, when’s the last time you were part of something bigger than yourself?

Our first 3 months in Portsmouth

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Casie and I have lived in P-town for 3 months now. We will have more opportunities to learn this city as we raise support over the next 12 months. Here’s what we’ve realized already.


  1. It really is in the middle of everything. Unfortunately all 3 methods of crossing the Elizabeth River are toll bridges as of this Spring (not cool). EZ-Pass makes it easy, but we’re averaging $75/month in tolls. Sigh.
  2. The crime is real, but it’s highly concentrated. I’d feel safe walking 80% of this city by myself.
  3. The city gets a bad rap. Numerous people have questioned our choice to move here. Many assume it’s worse than it is. My neighbors are friendly and love this city. Everywhere I go I meet people who love this city and reiterate that they feel Portsmouth has a reputation that isn’t fair.
  4. The flooding can be a nightmare. This happens about 3-4 times per year because Portsmouth is less than 10 feet above sea level. Fortunately most of the city is high enough to navigate, but the low-lying areas tend to shutdown all traffic routes.
  5. We landed in the right spot. The elementary school is 1,200 feet from our front door. The soccer complex is a block away (nightly pick-up games are regular). The little league baseball fields are on the other side of the school. It’s not unusual for 1,000 people to be cheering and playing sports within 2 blocks of our home on Saturday morning.

God led us here. I didn’t know any of this when we moved here. It just happened to be a house we could afford in what seemed like a central location. God knew where to put us.