• Sustainable Startups That Reach People Far from God Equipping Lab

    Only $59

    a dynamic, interactive experience hosted by FiveTwo Network for receiving training, tips, and practical wisdom from experienced sustainable startup leaders.


Sustainable Startups That Reach People Far from God Lab

An Equipping Lab for Church Leaders

Apostolic leaders are the strategic key to advancing the Gospel and expanding Jesus’ kingdom. While culture and Church grow miles apart in the West, our local communities are starving for a variety of Gospel startups — church plants, non-profits and Business-as-Mission — that bring the presence of Jesus while being financially sustainable. The key? A variety of apostolic leaders — especially laity — who are well-equipped in both theology and a lean business startup process. Participants will experience an abbreviated version of FiveTwo Network’s StartNew incubator, including hearing from a number of our startups and those who lead them. Led by FiveTwo Network Founder and President Bill Woolsey and his team, this pre-conference is geared for those seeking to extend Jesus’ Church by mobilizing entrepreneurial leaders, both professional church workers and laity.


February 26-27, 2018


Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am


AP Buildings - AP 10


Bill Woolsey, Oscar Benavides, Debbie Ellinger, and others

The Topics

For Church Multiplication Leaders

How discipling entrepreneurs leads to multiplication
Creating a Culture of Multiplication
How to create startups that connect with the community
How to launch with confidence and support
How the StartNew incubator creates values-driven, sustainable startups
Experience a StartNew Shark Tank, understanding how it works to clarify vision and promote action

A great way to invest in your church. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to be inspired, equipped, and empowered to create SUSTAINABLE STARTUPS!

The Challenge

Our Need for Leadership

“We need men and women entrepreneurial leaders who want to start a variety of new communities – small to large and urban to rural church plants, businesses-as-mission, community development endeavors, house churches, study groups, book clubs, preschools, etc. – whose end game is to be the presence of Jesus so that lost people receive Jesus.”

Bill Woolsey, Founder and President of FiveTwo


Sustainable Startup Practitioners

Bill Woolsey

Bill Woolsey

Bill Woolsey is the founder and president of FiveTwo, a network that equips Christian entrepreneurs from all walks of life so that their startups are sustainable and reach more people for Jesus. Bill is passionate about more people knowing the love of Jesus and strategically works with entrepreneurial leaders who share that value. He is the author of Seven Steps to Start, and co-creator of StartNew, FiveTwo's 2-year startup incubator. He and his wife of almost 33 years, Julie, have 3 children: Timothy, and his wife, Caitlyn; Abigail, and her husband Nick; and Samuel. They also have Ezra, the best grandchild in the universe.

Oscar Benavides

Oscar Benavides

Oscar recently joined as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the FiveTwo Network. Previously he was the Executive Director of LINC North Texas since 2007 and a pastor of youth and missions at a large church in Dallas since 1994. Oscar has been married to Jennifer Benavides for 26 years, they have two kids: Bailey and Micah and fostered three children. He has a master's in Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a pastoral colloquy certificate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Oscar has been a trainer for the Devos Urban Leadership Initiative since 2012 in systems thinking and has been a professional coach since 2013.

Debbie Ellinger

Debbie Ellinger

Deb Ellinger is a graduate of Ferris State University, with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, she became a police officer, where she investigated sex crimes against children. Currently, Deb is the Founder and Executive Director of Elli's House, a shelter and street outreach organization that ministers to women and girls in the city of Detroit, who are homeless and/or sex trafficked. Deb, a native Detroiter, spends countless hours educating local police departments, health care organizations, universities, and schools on the warning signs of human trafficking.

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