MOMENTUM FOR THE CHURCH PLANT IS BUILDING
Bethel’s plans to plant a new church have taken a giant leap forward. Just over a week ago, we held a pivotal meeting in Fort Saskatchewan to gauge people’s interest in joining the new church.
A lot was riding on this meeting. If you can’t form a launch-group, you can’t plant a church. It is just that simple. So, we needed to know: are there a significant number of people prepared to step forward to serve this new church? If so, that would be strong confirmation that God’s Spirit is moving us in the venture.
As it turned out, the meeting exceeded our highest expectations. Thirty six people attended. There was keen interest in the vision Pastor Ryan presented and lots of participation in the discussion that followed. The six couples who make up the Fort Saskatchewan House Church, and who are already committed to the church plant, gave encouragement to other attendees to join the effort.
Eighteen families signed up to receive regular updates about the church plant. (Many of these families are not from Bethel Church!) We know of other families from the Fort who are interested in joining the church plant, as well, but who were unable to attend the meeting.
A Bethel member who came to the meeting to show her support commented: “I am really enjoying the energy behind this church plant and also [the Fort Saskatchewan people’s] willingness to do the hard work of preparation and prayer.”
Many church plants have started with far less momentum and far fewer people. We feel we, as a church, have strong reason to move forward boldly with our plans to love and reach out to the people of Fort Saskatchewan.—Pastor Tom
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