It’s been a while since I gave a progress update on the church plant. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Todd McMichen (Developing Churches Network
) and with the staff at our sponsoring church (Westwood Baptist
) over the last few weeks and we’ve begun to map out a strategy for launching the new church. I have been blessed by the willingness of DCN and Westwood to lend their support.
We will begin our appeal to those feeling led to join us from Westwood in the near future. We’ll let everyone know what God has been doing so far and ask anyone who wants to find out more to join us for an informational meeting. Our core group will be formed from those who feel God calling them to help with the church plant. We’ll begin a training process with the core group in the Fall and begin to corporately seek God’s will for the new church. We’ll probably begin worship services with the core group in January with an appeal to the community for a public launch sometime in February.
It has been exciting to see God at work around us. We’ve received encouragement from friends and family and have begun to see God working in people’s lives. Several people have shared that they are feeling a tug at their heart to be on mission for God. We have had people tell us things that can only be confirmation from God about where we should plant. There is no doubt that God is calling us to start a new work and we can’t wait to see what great things He will do in the coming days!!
April and I will meet with Director of Missions for the Shelby Baptist Association and their Church Planting Strategist tommorrow night for a Church Planter Assessment. It should be a helpful time that will clarify God’s call on our life and reveal some areas that we need to ask God’s help to improve. I look forward to working with the Shelby Association and the Alabama State Board of Missions as we seek to reach Shelby County for Christ.
Please continue to pray for wisdom and strength. Planting a church is spiritual warfare and we must remain close with the Lord through daily prayer and reading God’s Word. Pray for the lost in Shelby County. Approximatley 70% if the county is unchurched. Pray for those who God is calling to go with us. Pray for them to have courage and a peace about the task God is calling them to.
I’ll update you all in the days to come. God Bless!!