Monday, December 21, 2015

Year End Faith Steps

I've always been intrigued by the idea of movement of the gospel and the forms that the church can take on to see this movement within a region.  I remember being new in my faith as a college student praying that God would allow me to be involved in a revival of the gospel.  This year has been continual revelation of what God would have us do as Connie and I took a step back into the world of church planting after having planted Awaken Church 5 years ago.  We haven't stepped away from Awaken entirely, but have moved into a part-time role (allowing other staff to be hired) and allowing us to focus a portion of my time and energies on seeing more churches planted within our region.  Playing with this idea of movement of the gospel; truly being a missionary within our context.

I personally believe that the forms of the church should be instructed by the mission within an area.  In layman's terms the church should look different depending on the people God has called the church to reach.  Some churches may look more like the traditional church that gathers on Sunday morning while others may be more of the expression of the church within a neighborhood.  Over this year God has allowed us to build relationships all through the community and speak into different forms the church can take in order to reach more people and various demographics of people with the gospel.  One relationship is a church with traditional forms for worship and different models for multiplication.  Another relationship is with a local business man and how the church can be developed within his context of service already in the community.  

There are so many stories I could share from this year and so much more technical things I could get into about how we are seeing the church develop and engage our culture here.  But in short I want to say it is exciting to see how God continues to unveil what he is doing in you and through you as we continue to step forward in faith.  It is exciting to see people coming to know Jesus!  We look forward to the faith steps ahead and thank you for your prayers and support!

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