What does my Community have to do with Church Planting?
People need Jesus. He shapes purpose. He gives peace. He has come to offer us life with God for all eternity. He transforms our today. Jesus is a Savior worthy of our worship.
This is why we are a church planting church.
For the first couple of years (we’re almost five!), we have financially supported local network church planters, I've coached church planters, and we have begun to saturate the area with Communities. What does your Community Group have to do with this?! We’ll get back to that later.
You have seen planters preach at The Well, and heard stories from Frederick, DC, Mexico City, but one of our own has not yet gone out to plant. That time is coming. God has worked in the body to raise up our first internal Church Planter in Residence, Eric So! About four years ago Eric quit his job, began training pastorally with The Well, came on staff, planted multiple Communities, moved into Riverdale, and is now planting Communities in among refugees. God willing, and we are praying with a plan, this Riverdale Community will become multiple Communities and then a church plant in the coming year.
Your funds have been integral in Eric’s development process. Your lives have been knit with Eric and Lisa as they serve here at The Well and pastor Communities. Now many of us serve with the So’s in the Riverdale Community and with refugees, setting the foundation for a new church plant. We plan to commission Eric and Lisa out at the completion of his planting residency this coming year. And WOW what fruit has God been bringing! He is on the move through the So’s and you all!
Check out this article published last week in the WASHINGTON POST, highlighting The So’s. You, the church, are all over the work that God has done in Eric and in the lives now being impacted through the So’s! Praise Him!
So back to “What does your Community have to do with this?" As we plant more Communities, living as families on mission together, we will see the gospel go out, more people come to know Christ, and more believers loving each other.
First,is your Community Healthy!? Are you living the rhythms together? 1. Gathering for a monthly meal to pray, plan and share stories? 2. Are you scattering frequently with those who don’t know Christ? 3. Are you digging deep together in weekly 3D’s?
Second, as we see the gospel go out through our Communities, we plan on continuing to train men internally towards pastoral church planting ministry. Preaching, leading, pastoring, caring, developing, discipling many for the work of church planting. We will then cluster Communities in areas like Riverdale, Gaithersburg, Wheaton, PG County, Bethesda, Potomac (wherever God places Communities) to expand the reach of the gospel. We will raise up leaders, cluster Communities together, and plant churches. You are the heart of this Gospel Movement!
This article, and the So’s, are the tremors of what is to come.
Your Pastor, friend, and servant,