"Out of 500 people, I was the only black guy in the room."

Lead Planter Derrick Puckett, on his heart for Chicago, and the desire to be a part of a new church that has a vision to bring people of all backgrounds together.

Renewal Church website

Everyday Christian Church has 4 top-notch church planters speaking this summer.  That’s a lot of good speaking in one place!

Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and give these guys a listen.  

Aaron Brockett is on our Board of Directors and is the lead pastor of Trader’s Point Christian Church.  Jordan Rice is the lead planter for Renaissance Church in Harlem and Watson Jones, III is the lead planter for Restoration Church in Philadelphia.

http://everydaycc.com/teaching-services/

Enjoying a Dutch breakfast with our Amsterdam hosts, Gerko & Rachelle. Gerko is exploring what a new church community can look like in this city.

1.5 million people
1.38 million don’t go to church

They didn’t go to church this past Sunday. They won’t be in church this upcoming Sunday. What would it look like to have a church that engages that culture?

Watson Jones, III on why he wants to be a part of a new church plant in Philadelphia.

video by Matthew Kern, Meraki Collective

"The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know." Albert Einstein 

I’m no Einstein, but I do resonate with this quote. I have only been a church planter for four years. Village Church is not quite three years old and I’m still a relatively young man. The last few years of church planting have shown me how much I have to learn: 

1.  You will say no to some really great things.

When you are the new church in town, lots of people want to know what you are about. They may have a list of things you should be about: some noble and good, others consumerist and agenda-driven. All things must be evaluated in light of the vision and mission of the church, taking into account the season of life that your church is in. The hardest opportunities to pass up match your vision and mission but not the season of life your church is in. This requires patience.

Sometimes a young church has to say “no” to mission trips, or a youth group, or a homeless ministry, or an after-school program. Not every opportunity will be easy to pass on, and you will need to be diligent in seeking the wise counsel of others before you bite off more than you can chew. Sure it’s easy to say no to a Puppet Ministry or Bell Choir, but the choices are rarely that clear.

2.  It takes a long time before your community wants to hear from you.

This is particularly true if you are an “out-of-towner.” Dr. John Perkins, leader of the Christian Community Development Association, makes this point often. Establishing credibility takes time and cannot be rushed. People want to know that you are going to be around for a while before they are interested in your opinion. They want to know that your kids go to school with their kids, that you sleep in the same neighborhood they sleep in, that you shop where they shop. If you ever want to be one of “them” you have to follow the lead of Jesus and be with them. This involves a lot of listening before speaking.

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Love San Francisco? So do we! Check out the work of Redemption Church, a new church meeting in the heart of the city. 

The Gospel for Everyone
Nick Parsons, Director of Recruitment

San Francisco is associated with a lot of things. For some it is the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation and the Hippie Movement. For others it is the Golden Gate Bridge, trolley cars and rows upon rows of narrow Victorian houses. More recently San Francisco has become associated with tech startups, expensive housing and $4 artisanal toast—which is delightful, I might add.

One association looms large in the minds of many Americans—San Francisco as the “Gay Mecca.” It is easy to understand why. No city has a richer history of LGBT communities, political action and social movements. The city’s Castro neighborhood is home to one of the United States’ first and most influential gay communities. This is where Harvey Milk lived and was assassinated. It was the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in the 80’s. San Francisco is where the Rainbow flag first became associated with gay pride and LGBT rights. 

At no time is San Francisco’s LGBT history and population more celebrated than during the city’s Pride Celebration and Parade, held during the last weekend of June each year. This event is truly the city’s most significant holiday and is widely attended by San Francisco’s most influential political, civic, and business leaders. Over 1.5 million people attended this year’s parade.

Church is also associated with a lot of things.

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"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." 

1 John 3:18

So many of our churches model Christ in the way they serve their communities.  Last week alone, over 1,000 hours were logged by people in Baltimore and New York City to clean up and rejuvenate dilapidated areas. While pouring out love, they get the opportunity to speak truth. 

(photos via The Foundry Church and Forefront Church- Brooklyn)

Wow! They’re talking about us in Japan. Certainly due to all the good work of the Mustard Seed Christian Churches in Nagoya and Osaka.

This city. Since 1948. #NYC #churchplanting