Team Expansion

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Team Expansion
A Team Expansion worker shares Christ, the Hope of Glory
Founded 1978
Founder Doug & Penny Lucas
Type Christian Missions Agency
Focus Unreached peoples and cities
  • Louisville, Kentucky
Area served
45 Countries (70 People groups)
320 (45 Teams)
Key people
Doug Lucas, "EB", Betty Byrd, Allan W., Bob Gibson, Julie Adair, Penny Lucas, Wayne M., Rodney Peterson, Jim R., Joshua R., Tara Woolard
Slogan Transforming communities by planting churches among the unreached

Team Expansion is a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization transforming communities among the unreached by planting Biblical churches. Many Team Expansion workers are associated with the Restoration Movement of churches, but as an agency, Team Expansion is non-denominational.

A Team Expansion team leader shares his faith a new friend; it's part of our passion for the glory of Christ.


Team Expansion began as a prayer movement on the campus of Kentucky Christian University in 1978. In 1982, five missionaries headed to Montevideo, Uruguay to start the very first Team Expansion work. In 1983, International Services – the stateside support team for all international workers – was launched and headquartered first in the basement of Doug & Penny Lucas' home at 4 Hideaway Dr., Covington, KY, then later in the home rented by John and Becky Bliffen at 941 Grand Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio and then in 1984 on the campus of Cincinnati Bible College, now known as Cincinnati Christian University.

Between 1985 and 1996, Team Expansion launched multiple new teams, including Venezuela, Ukraine, Ireland, and Tanzania. In 1997, the leadership of Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Kentucky) invited Team Expansion to move its headquarters to Louisville, Kentucky. In June 1997, there were 120 full-time missionaries working around the world with 22 different people groups. Teams continued to go into some of the most difficult places, including Bosnia and Kosovo.

In 2001, there were 199 full-time missionaries, including three brand new works in Italy, Japan, and Louisville, Kentucky, where the workers focused on a huge Hispanic population. By 2002, more than 8,000 people had come to Christ and more than 110 churches had been planted around the world.[1]

As of February 2012, Team Expansion currently consists of more than 320 full-time adult workers serving in 48 countries in 72 distinct church planting projects, including many creative-access locations.[2] These workers operate medical clinics (which dispense medicine, for free or for a token amount, to people of all races, creed, color, and faith), dig wells (for communities, as guided by community leaders), provide various community services, train leaders, and serve mankind in many other ways. True to its core vision, Team Expansion has planted about 250 churches and has ushered over 12,000 new believers into a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Team Expansion is transforming communities among the unreached by planting Biblical churches.[3]

Partnerships and projects[edit]

Team Expansion participates with the International Conference on Missions (formerly National Missionary Convention) and the North American Christian Convention, especially with the Unleashed for the Unreached exhibit.[4] Several Team Expansion leaders were involved in the decision to create the Restoration Revolution 10-year movement toward missions.[5] Team Expansion participated in Light the Fire, a missional prayer initiative born out of the Restoration Revolution movement.[6]

Team Expansion works extensively with the Kairos Course,[7] a course designed to see the whole Church mobilized for cross-cultural mission to the world's least-reached peoples. Team Expansion also works with the "Jonathan Project," which seeks and trains men and women who have characteristics like the biblical character, Jonathan, as evidenced in 1 Samuel 14.[8]

Home office[edit]

Template:Prayer Center & Atrium at Emerald Hills in Louisville, KY

Emerald Hills is Team Expansion's campus for prayer, retreat, learning, and reconnecting with God & his creation. The campus' 61 acres outside of Louisville, Kentucky


house Team Expansion's Prayer Center and Atrium facility. Discipleship School of the Outdoors (DSOTO), Team Expansion's experiential outdoor learning program, is conducted in the low-ropes course at Emerald Hills. Also staged at Emerald Hills is Brigada Online, a growing collection of web- and email-based resources. Nearly 10,000 individuals have subscribed to the service, which publishes a weekly newsletter, "Brigada Today," as well as a lively online website.[9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Team Expansion. Team Expansion. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Team Expansion. Team Expansion. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "At a Glance". Team Expansion. Team Expansion. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ "NACC 2011". Unleashed for the Unreached. Team Expansion. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Restoration Revolution. Restoration Revolution. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ Butts, Kim (15 November 2011). "Every Week for 10 Years". Christian Standard. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Karios Course Takes Another Step in Expansion". Perspectives. Kairos Course. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Jennifer (2012-02-22). "Sending, Serving, Reaching: Team Expansion". Christian Standard. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  9. ^ Lucas, Doug. "Brigada". Brigada. Brigada. Retrieved 2012-02-21.