Hey friends and family!
It has been way too long since I have sent out an official update. I know some of you follow our podcast or Facebook posts, but here is an attempt to summarize a whirlwind two-years (and if you just want the bottom line: our new church is moving to a new building).
If you just want the bottom line:
our new church is moving to a new building!
For those who don’t know about our journey, let me back up a bit.
4 years ago I was enjoying pastoring NewCommunity Church in Glendora, CA with amazing leaders and community. I loved our church (still do love the people!). I was blessed and content. Then Jesus spoke to me in a dream. He took my wife and I to St. Louis, under the arch, and said, “This is your city”. The compassion of Jesus overwhelmed me as I began to weep and declare God’s unfailing love over my city. I awoke and the Lord continued to speak to me and show me what He envisioned to do through this ministry. We passed NewCommunity to amazing leaders and it is thriving (visit Thrive Glendora).
2 years ago we left SoCal, close friends and family, comfort-zones, In-N-Out, the suburbs, and the beach. We have been stretched in our faith, in our emotions, in our energy. I feel like we stepped out on water and are still out of the boat every day!
In October 2016, we started the church with a team of 12 adults in the heart of the city of St. Louis. We are a campus of The Rock (a multi-campus church originating in Anaheim, CA under Pastors Jerry and Kimberly Dirmann). We are so humbled and thankful for the covering, support, wisdom, and partnership of The Rock.
Our church has grown (little by little) just like Jesus told me. The church is diverse just like Jesus told me. After a few months, one leader noted to me, “Our church is made up of people from almost every continent!”. Well, not Antartica or Australia, but we are moving in the right direction. We are seeing people return to the Lord, grow in faith, and be healed. I love it! It has been slow and trying many times (especially during ice storms), but it is always worth it to obey Jesus and love people.
We were born for adventure.
Our kids long for the danger of doing something eternal.
I currently work during the day for a Commercial General Contractor as a project Accountant. In all my years of ministry and non-profit work I have never done finance! It is funny to me how the Lord has provided such a good job with a great company. A year ago I didn’t every know what “accounts payable” meant and now I am assisting the CFO to build systems and manage the financials of the company. I can relate a little more to the Apostle Paul who worked so he would not be a burden to the churches he was starting.
God has provided every need of our church and my family thus far. A friend recently asked me, “What is the best thing about the church plant?” Among all the testimonies and all the new members I adore, my family is still the greatest highlight. I have watched Michele blossom in her leadership, my kids witness the hand of God, and the Lord unite our hearts in a deeper way. So many christians play it safe and insulate their children (really hide from their calling behind their children). But we were born for adventure; our kids long for the danger of doing something eternal.
And now we are moving to our own building in July! Once again, the Lord has answered prayer. He has directed our steps to the right location for us at this time. We are in the process of securing a lease and preparing to move to our new building, where we will start with two services (9&11am). Our team is super excited, full of expectation, focused on the vision, and moved with compassion for people. My greatest joy is serving people with a team of like-mind leaders full of faith, love, humility, passion, and devotion. The Lord has provided this team and the resources we need thus far. After our strategic planning meeting a month ago, a shout of praise and roar of intercession exploded spontaneously from the team-I was thrilled by their faith! Our goal is to move in July 1 and we will update everyone has the dates become solidified.
We are also believing God for $20,000 for our new building. We need to purchase chairs, new signs and fliers, renovations for the sanctuary stage and kids classrooms, additional sound and lighting equipment, and such. As you can image, it adds up.
If the Lord stirs your heart, we would be so grateful.
Would you consider partnering with us in prayer and giving? Our diverse, urban church is stretching out to reach more people and make an impact in St. Louis. I am convinced the vision Jesus showed me 4 years ago will continue to unfold and come to pass. We could use your support to bump us into this next phase. If the Lord stirs your heart, we would be so grateful.
Here is how you can join us in reaching our goal:
PRAYING with us in faith for all of the resources we need; for hundreds to be reached; and for the glory of the Lord to fill our church.
GIVING FINANCIALLY. Give now. This link will bring you to our church’s online giving portal powered by Secure Give. Be sure to choose our campus, St. Louis English, and to donate to “Heart for the Harvest”, which goes directly to our specific facility and outreach goals in this season.