Hopefully those of you who know me, know that I have a passion for Jesus and the Gospel. One of the outworkings of that passion is also a passion for church planting. I happen to believe one of the best ways of reaching those who are un-churched, or those who have become de-churched is through the planting of solid Gospel centered churches. This is not to say that I have any disdain towards existing churches. I do not hate the ‘traditional’ church. The traditional church can be a beautiful thing, and in many places it is. I also do not think one size fits all…nor does one way of worship…nor does one way of discipleship
Nearly 2 1/2 years ago a church plant that I was a part of closed its doors. While we saw God do a lot of great things, we just felt like God was telling us it was time to move on. There were many factors involved, but at the heart of it, we simply felt the church as it was could not continue, and God was calling both myself and the lead planter elsewhere. I rejoice for this time of growth, the relationships I formed, and the many things I learned both about myself and about ministry and church planting. As much as anything else, I learned from the mistakes we made.
Not too long after leaving this church plant I landed at another church through the miracle of twitter and met a couple of wonderful men of God who shared my passion for not only Jesus and the Gospel, but also church planting. I wasn’t sure how it was all going to play out, but I knew these were guys that I would want to do ministry with. One of those guys was Allen Murray, the other was Joey Canady. Neither of us knew exactly what God was doing, but I believe we all had a sense that God was going to do something.
At this point, honestly we still aren’t sure exactly what God is going to do. At this point, all we know is that God has given us a strong desire to plant a church here in the Wilmington area. Allen has gone back to school to pursue his degree, but his wisdom in all things theological, and his preaching skills will be called on as often as possible. We also feel strengthened in knowing that his prayers are with us as we continue to seek God’s will. Joey and I have been very cautious as to when and where we ought to do this. Some may even say cautious to a fault. Still, we feel the need to be very discerning in matters of this magnitude.
All of this being said, we both feel that now is the time. While we aren’t exactly sure what God is going to do, or what exactly it will look like, we feel like now is the time to start getting this young church in motion. We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t claim to be the only ones who know what church is supposed to look like. We do however share a common passion, and a common vision for what the church could look like…and it may(read that as WILL) look different than what many folks are used to. This again is not to say that other churches are wrong, or bad. It is simply to say we believe God is calling us to do something different, and we are excited about the potential and what God is doing.
Our main goal in all of this is to see that God is glorified, and that the beauty of Christ will be shown to all that we are blessed to come in contact with. If you are not involved in another church, or are interested in being involved with what we’re doing, we’d love for you to consider being a part of what God is doing. Again, we don’t claim to have all of the answers, but we’d love to tell you a little about our vision, and let you get to know us. Everyone who is interested can join us on November 13th at the Best Western conference room at Monkey Junction in Wilmington, the address is 5600 Carolina Beach Rd. at 6:00 PM. We will chat for a few minutes, then around 6:30 we will be speaking, then afterwords there will be time for questions. We’d love to see you there!
For those of you who can’t make it, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me via facebook. God bless!