In May 2013 our planting pastor was previewing a study to lead several of his neighbors through in July of that same year. During the course of this study he felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to engage in a six-month prayer commitment concerning whether or not God was setting him apart to plant a church.
Along with prayer, he began to listen intently to the Holy Spirit as he studied scripture.
His family studied the book of Ephesians together that summer and through this exercise God drew his attention to a word that had been read several times before but this summer it was illuminated in a special way. Ephesians 3:10 says that grace was given to Paul “so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church…” The word translated “manifold” means “much variegated, marked with a great variety of colors.” This means God intends to express the dynamics of His wisdom through a variety of expressions of His Church.
Could it be that God is preparing a group of His followers to fashion an incarnational, disciple-making church to reach the unchurched in Saline County? Discussions with a variety of local pastors and a group of people who felt set a part for this purpose began. After much study, prayer and discussion a core group assembled and began moving toward planting a multiplying, incarnational, local church in Saline County.
Our desire is to plant an incarnational, gospel-centric church that employs expository teaching from the pulpit and arranges ministries for the purpose of equipping and releasing its members for home-based and workplace gospel ministry. The goal is to fashion a ministry that will reach the unchurched in Saline County. Recent studies show that around 59% of the residents in Saline County (nearly 65,000 people) do not identify themselves with a religious heritage of any kind.