“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:46-47
God has blessed us with an incredible launch team! Here is a team of committed folks who want to see the name of Jesus proclaimed in and around Alamo Ranch and beyond. At our launch meetings, you will see a group of people bringing food and eating together, opening the scriptures, praying for one another, caring for one another, and collaborating together to discern what God has in mind for our worshipping community. This month’s meeting was no different. During our meeting time, we began the discussion of what our commitments will be on this launch team. Next month we will finalize this covenant and begin to see how we will each be a vital member of this church.
A member of the launch team, Nick, shared with the team an exciting tool called “APEST” that seeks to help people know and understand their gifts for ministry and evangelism. We are all going to take the assessment and share our results together so that we can see where our strengths are… and where our weaknesses are. I would love to see this tool be used to push one another out of our comfort zones and try new things!
Not only does this church have the support of our launch team. We also have the support of our Texas District and our sending church! What a great blessing this is. From the Texas District, Mike Newman met with Aaron and me to go through our proposed timeline from now until our launch date in September. This was an incredibly successful and fruitful meeting. Mike has helped oversee scores of church plants throughout his career, so his suggestions and fine tuning will set up our church plant to be success in so many ways. One of the things Mike helped us think through was, how many volunteer ministry directors we will need for our new church and ideas for evangelism and outreach in the coming months. Aaron and I left that meeting with a clearer picture of goals and ideas to take back to our launch team so we can all work together to reach our goal of being a group of people making Jesus visible to our community.
Aaron and I also enjoyed our monthly gathering of local church planters. This was a great time of fellowship and support for one another.
Meeting with our network over lunch reminded me that the work of church planting is tough. I think it’s supposed to be difficult. The evil one comes to try and destroy the work of the Gospel. However, “what God has joined together, let no one or no thing separate.” -Mark 10:9. It’s through diligent prayer and intercession that will keep the Evil One away from our community of faith.
Would you diligently pray for us in your quiet times? Will you pray that God keeps our team together under his authority//that God brings the right people and grows our launch team into a diverse, thriving team//that we be a community that is so reflective of Christ’s love that people are immediately drawn to this community//that we care less about what we want out of church and more about what Christ wants from us for our neighbors//for Christ to continue going before us as we launch into a thriving and growing worshiping community for the glory of Christ?
Studies tell us that 34% of folks involved in a church plant were previously unchurched! God, will you begin to prepare the hearts of those you have called this church to reach?! What an exciting time to launch a new church!