Why Plant Churches Who Plant Churches?
Healthy Living Organisms & Organizations Multiply / The Church God Started Did Too.
We believe that if we are a healthy church, if we are Spirit-filled and Jesus-centered, then we will reproduce and multiply. Like any Spirit-filled church, we believe that we truly are a continuation of the church the Holy Spirit started in the book of Acts. We read in the book of Acts that “those who were saved were added to their number daily.” In the early church, not only were people saved but a portion of them were called by God to enter full-time ministry. They stepped out in faith to go to a new city and began to minister there, establishing a church of Jesus-followers. Again some were sent-out and they entered full-time ministry. This is how the church perpetuated. This was the strategy and mission that God gave them. As your pastor, I not only want to see people healed, people saved and added daily to the church here in Kinsman, but I also want to see churches being planted and leaders sent out to reach more so that the number of those being saved is greater and that those being saved can be discipled because Jesus commanded us to make disciples not believers. This is what we see in the book of Acts. Namely in chapter 11, we see that the believers were first called “Christians” as they began to plant churches in Antioch and the surrounding region. Why? They not only wanted to evangelize the world - tell people about the saving power of Jesus - but they wanted to disciple the new believers. They wanted to establish a pastor who would mentor them and see them grow spiritually - becoming more and more like Christ. (Eph 4:11-13) They also wanted to create churches so that more ministers could be raised up and sent out to plant more churches. We simply want to follow the book of Acts model. We are planting churches who plant churches.
To Obey The Word God Gave Us.
Holy Spirit gave the same specific word to me about leading 10 Cities through 2 mature Christ-Followers.
Neither of these two guys knew each other at all. 2 prophetic words were given to me, 1st by John Farmwald then confirmed again by Pastor Al Yanno and both said “I believe you are to be a captain of 10 cities” I do not step into this wild endeavor out of any vain pursuit. I have no aim or motive outside of obedience the Word of the Lord. Honestly, it would be much much more comfortable for me to simply be pastor and minister those who are here weekly. It would be much, much easier for me to preach every Sunday, lead the incredible team God’s given us, make music on Fridays and simply enjoy my family and life “as usual” It would be easier to not “rock the boat” But, that’s not what God’s asking of me. That’s not congruent with what He’s spoken to my heart. He’s made His request clear and I have committed my life to be obedient to Him, to be a wise servant, since I was a teenager in the 90’s. I will not compare myself to the other servants as those in the parables did. That made Jesus, the Master angry. I will simply aim to put a smile on His face by simply completing my assignment from the Master and running my race. And I’m praying you run with me because I can NOT do this alone. I need you to run with this vision with me and we’ll see all of Trumbull County transformed by the power of Jesus Christ!
The Ohio-For-Jesus Movement
The third reason I feel so compelled to move forward with this bold step of faith is this: This mission of planting churches has been confirmed by our State Pastor, John Wooton. After visiting Tanzania, he was given a clear strategy for winning “Ohio For Jesus” In fact, an entire movement has begun. Visit www.OhioForJesus.com to learn more. He has just recently asked every single Assemblies of God to church to begin a process to plant another church. This is unheard of. In the past, PAC (Parent Affiliated Churches) were rare especially in the Assemblies of God. But Pastor John and 39 other AG pastors have seen what God has done in in the Assemblies of God in Tanzania where 10,000 churches have been planted in the last 10 years (yes you heard that right - 10,000 churches with 1,000,000 people saved and added to the church. What did God reveal to Pastor John? Our impact can be exponential instead of additional! This is what He revealed to me months ago in April 2017 since I first pulled into a parking lot in Cortland and God said “You’ll plant churches and your first plant will be here in Cortland.” And this mission has been unfolding since then. This mission was confirmed John Farmwald 7 months later in November 2017, then in May of 2018 by Pastor Al Yanno and now by a “3rd Witness” from the voice of our State-Wide Pastor John Wooton in speaking of the direction for the entire state of Ohio Assemblies of God churches! I’m certain that this is what we are being asked by God to do. It will require faith, finances, focus & faithful people. There may be changes that are made in order for us to complete our assignment from the Master. The very idea of “focus” means to remove that which isn’t in center of your attention - to blur out those things that are not to be focused on, even if those other things are “good” We will be committed to this end - preaching Jesus and His forgiveness and seeing hearts surrender to Him, becoming worshipers, disciples and even disciples who make disciples. This is the Kingdom. This is the Gospel. Uniquely, this mission of 10 Cities in 10 Churches in 10 Years is our mission for Rock of Grace moving forward.
To Impact Our Region & #TransformTrumbull County For Jesus
We have 4 objectives we want to see by Jan, 2030. Hear about those in detail by visiting www.TransformTrumbull.com
Reduce Violent Crimes Annually from 307 to 275
See 140 Children Adopted into Forever Families (14 Children per church in 10 Churches; Kinsman Campus plus 9 we plant)
Reduce Overdose Deaths from 140 to 100 or Less
Reduce the Percentage of Single-Parent Homes from 35% to 25%
Jesus Christ can do this in the lives of thousands of individuals living in Trumbull County! Where is the truth of Jesus and His power to transform a life found? In Churches!
I’ve preached from Ephesians 4 numerous times this year sharing on the priesthood of the believers. In particular, I’ve preached from Eph. 4:11-12 at least 5 times. It’s been beautiful to see so many of you tell me that you’re finally doing it - you’re finally inviting people into your homes and you’re finally telling neighbors and co-workers about Jesus! You’re finally moving from believer to disciple-maker and that is incredible! That is the heart of God for each of us!
We believe God’s Word that a pastor’s role is first to equip the saints for the work of the ministry and second to comfort those who are hurting. God gave us a Biblical instruction manual as to how we will see the end-time harvest that Heaven has planned. This is the strategy God has laid out in his word. And Rock of Grace gets to play a role in that Kingdom strategy! We can continue to only pray for revival or we can heed the Lord’s command to cast our net on the other side and change our strategy for seeing revival. Now our prayers will also have a strategy - a mission.
What God has confirmed to me through 3 witnesses is now firm in my heart. What once freaked me out only a year ago now excites and invigorates me because I realize that if God is with me, who can be against me? John 14 tells me that Jesus is in me and that the Father is in Jesus and that we are ONE. In that truth, I can make this statement: We can dream B I G G E R! GOD, a very BIG God is in us and He is dreaming inside of me! He is dreaming of 10 cities being reached for Heaven! 10 cities who are spiritually declining in Trumbull County will begin to spiritual revive! I believe as they are changed spiritual they will even change economically.
10 PILLARS OF TRUTH
God is going to raise up a pillar of truth in each of these additional 9 cities. He’s going to raise a church, a lighthouse for the broken and hurting. God is building His church and we get to be apart! God’s Spirit is winning Ohio For Jesus and we get to be apart of it! We were disciples who were fishing for men and only catching a few here and there. Jesus has walked on to he water, visited us and told us to try something different - to cast our net on the other side - to change our methods. Jesus is leading the way and we get to follow Him together! AND we get to lead people to follow Him as He commanded us to in Matt 28. Though there are various ministries at Rock of Grace, we feel called to do three things well in our vision to lead people to follow Jesus together. Those three objectives are Sunday Services, Life Groups & Planting Churches.
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