Hello friends! I’m excited to update you once again about the new campus project that we have embarked on as a congregation.
One of the more interesting things to happen since our previous newsletter was a visit to Lincoln, Nebraska. I – along with two people from our staff and two members of the congregation – were able to participate in a weekend-long conversation about discipleship in the local church. For those who will be a part of starting a new church, the significance of this gathering cannot be overstated. One of the most important things that the satellite launch team will do is to develop a robust, crystal clear process for people to move from being visitors and guests to members and investors in a short time. The conversation that our group of five was able to begin in Lincoln is about what this looks like in our context in southwest Johnson County.
The program was hosted by the New Church Development group of the Great Plains Annual Conference, which is responsible for overseeing the launching of new ministries and worship sites across our annual conference. Part of the benefit that they provide to us as a local church in this process is hosting events like this one in Lincoln to help teams refine and develop their path forward. They also provide me with a group of peers who are also in the process of starting something new. Finally, they provide skill development for me so that I may grow in necessary areas to better lead this effort.
In the middle of December, Pastor Nanette and I will be heading to Topeka to share updates and further-developed ideas about the direction of the project with the New Church Development board. We look forward to sharing with them about the energy, the excitement, the financial support, and the ideas that you have shared already. Grace is a church that has so much to offer… and that’s why we’re looking to expand the opportunities for people to worship and grow with us!