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From NFL to Church Planting

The National Football League (NFL) is not a typical training ground for church planting. Yet Eddie Williams’ story is not a typical one. Eddie grew up in the bay area of San Francisco, California. His childhood was rootless, filled with constant upheaval and moves from one area to another. He learned to keep his prized belongings with him if he didn’t want to lose them. His dad was absent and the family home was vulnerable to robbery. Eddie’s mom, who provided strength and stability for the family, also battled cancer. She dreamed that Eddie would be an NFL player. Her…

2018 Lead Planter’s Retreat

Church planting is a glorious (and sometimes exhausting) calling.  Once a year, we gather many of our lead planting couples for a retreat in Miami.  It is a time to reconnect with each other, share what’s working, and discuss the issues that challenge us.  It is a great joy to serve these world-class leaders.  The work they are doing for God’s Kingdom is laudable. The 2018 lead planters share their stories with the group: The highlight of the week: Praying for the lead planters, a time of vulnerability and hope. A few of our future church planters:

Isolate or Engage?

Isolate or engage?  This challenge confronts Christians who face the challenges of prevailing cultural norms that often run counter to a life centered on Jesus. This tension is not new. Jesus mentions being in but not of the world. Cities often appear to be places where unchecked secularism prevails, yet the idols of money, sex, and power are ultimately hollow. Cities are a good place for Christians to engage culture: God sends Jonah to Ninevah. Paul travels to Athens and to Rome. Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. God does not give up on the people in those cities, nor…

A Church Grows in Brooklyn

At the launch of a new church it’s easy to wonder, “Will anybody show up?” Starting a new project is always a risk.  Even after overcoming the initial challenges of gathering a core group of people attending and giving financially, new challenges present themselves.  Epiphany Brooklyn launched in the fall of 2016.  It quickly passed the “will people show up?” stage.  In fact, by their 1st birthday, the main room was getting too packed on Sunday mornings! Last month, the leaders at Epiphany decided to add another service time.  The services quickly grew –  Epiphany’s attendance doubled within the space of a month! In a…

Meet The Mercados

THE WILMINGTON INITIATIVE Marcos and Amarillis Mercado have a vision to see a new church emerge in the heart of Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware. The Mercados bring a wealth of ministry experience having served in Northeast cities including New York City and Philadelphia for twenty years. Because they are bi-lingual, the Mercados have impacted thousands of people in both English and Spanish. A new church in Wilmington is a great opportunity for the Gospel. 53% of the population claims no religious affiliation of any kind. Wilmington is also an ethnically diverse city. The population is…

Get to know the Santa Barbara Church Plant, launching in the fall of 2018. Santa Barbara, located approximately 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is a center of influence on the central coast of California.  There are over 40,000 college students in the city, and several technology startups had their beginnings in Santa Barbara.  Due to its climate, parks, and art culture, the city is a year-round destination for visitors.  It also ranks as #21 on Barna’s Least Churched Cities in the U.S. and #2 on the Never-Churched List. Lead planter Jake Barker states, “Santa Barbara is defined by its laid back culture…