Doug and Bart, our co-founders, were working as executive pastors across town from one another in Las Vegas. Bart was learning and experimenting with team-based strategic planning tools at Central Christian, and Doug was doing the same at Canyon Ridge. Both have a deep love for the local church, its leaders, and want to see it prevail no matter the context or circumstance. Leading the local church is their calling.
In 2008, Doug and Bart began putting their heads together to create a common set of strategic tools any church could use to get back to biblical basics and double their kingdom impact. The vision for a leadership operating system was soon born and they began to train churches in how to use it. From 2008 through 2012, they built the initial team, tools, and training, and finalized what would become ChurchOS – the leadership platform for a growing church.
Intentional Churches was formally launched in 2013 and since then, we have worked with hundreds of churches and our certified coaching team has grown to over sixty. A movement of collaborating churches using a common platform is now emerging. This movement includes church plants, once plateaued churches, old churches, and growing churches of all sizes. ChurchOS is built for you and your church and we can’t wait to meet you.
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Doug Parks and Bart Rendel
Bart and Doug Understand the Church World
Bart and Doug are executive church leaders from two of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the US, and the Co-founders of Intentional Churches. Over the past decade, they have developed a biblically-based leadership system called ChurchOS. The system is now in use by hundreds of churches around the world. They are the authors of Intentional Churches: How Implementing an Operating System Clarifies Vision, Improves Decision Making, and Stimulates Growth (Harper Collins / Thomas Nelson / Leadership Network).
Doug’s love and commitment to help churches comes from his own experience of being eternally impacted as a teenager by a committed church leader. He served for seventeen years as the executive pastor at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. Doug and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Las Vegas with their two children, but he still finds time to follow sports, including his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.
Bart’s passion for serving churches comes from his upbringing as a pastor’s kid where he learned about intentionality in church leadership from his church-planting mother and father. Bart served for eighteen years as an executive leader at Crossroads Christian Church in Lexington, KY and Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. He is married to Catherine with two children and finds the occasional time to play a round of golf or take in a Kentucky Wildcats game.
Intentional Churches exists to build, train, and support a movement of churches that consistently activate the Great Commission. We have built an operating system called ChurchOS™ based on the timeless truths of scripture to help the local church become strong and resilient. It includes a Living Toolbox™ which creates powerful, practical church leadership conversations and plans. We support the system with coaching, collaboration, and training for any leader with a passion to reach the lost and deepen the saved. We have built ChurchOS™ with you in mind!