This week, leaders from all the Christian Reformed Churches in Northern Alberta met in Edmonton. We call this semiannual meeting “Classis” which is Latin for “ships traveling together in a fleet.” At this fellowship of “fellow-ships,” Gary Duthler, Randall Huisman, and I represented the Good Ship Bethel.
Something quite exciting happened at the meeting. As chair of the Home Missions Team for our region, I introduced our “two pronged” strategy for church growth and renewal. Our plan is to launch an aggressive and innovative church planting movement - one new church in Classis every three years for the next fifteen years - while helping established churches to grow in vitality and in evangelistic effectiveness.
As part of the Home Missions report, Victor Ko, pastor of mosaicHouse Church, announced a joint venture between mosaicHouse Church and Ottewell CRC that would see a new church planted in Edmonton within the next year. Ottewell has offered to sell mosaicHouse their building at a bargain price if mosaicHouse will launch a new church plant in their location while renting space to Ottewell’s members for their own worship services.
If mosaicHouse can pull this off, this will be their second church plant in two years and they are only six years old themselves. They are trusting God for their big dreams and are asking if their “fellow-ships” in Classis will help them secure the down payment for the building.
I am thrilled to be witnessing this moving of God’s Spirit in our region, and I am eager to see how God will lead Bethel in it. Let’s set our sails to catch the Spirit’s wind as He takes our “ship” to an exciting destination.
-- Pastor Tom
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