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Church Plant Vision, Info & Strategy

August 5, 2010

Our first Info/Vision Meeting was August 4th, 2010 and what is below is the content of what was presented in terms of Vision, Strategy and general information. Some of this is still “wet cement” and much of the timeline is flexible at this point, but nevertheless, this is where we see things headed. We will need a lot of prayer and support to get there, so sign up for our email list so you know how to help.

You can read this in-line here, or download it as a .pdf (its an easier read as a .pdf).

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:18-20

Why Plant Churches?

Its all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “The church is set up to proclaim the Gospel. Therefore, the spread of the church is the spread of the Gospel.”(1) The fact that Jesus was sent by the Father to seek and save that which was lost and that he has now sent us as he was sent (John 20:21) compels us to be planting more gospel-centered churches for the glory of God.

“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.”(2) Many established evangelical churches today truly have a deep desire to see people in their communities come to meet Jesus, but lack the necessary flexibility to accomplish this on a wide scale. Although each church functions differently and looks different in their expression, if they preach Jesus Christ and him crucified, then we’re on the same team with them and in this together.(3)

The reality is that new churches do not actually cut away pieces of the “churchgoing pie” (so to speak), they actually end up growing the pie of the body of Christ in their cities. For example, “innovative church plants take risks and pioneer new ministry insights and methods that struggling established churches near them can learn and benefit from. Furthermore, energized new church plants with converts provide an increased pool of potential new leaders to help revive other churches and ministries in the city.”(4) Outsiders will also see that the established church is supporting a new work in town and will come just to be a part of a church that is “doing something.”

Why Mark Myles?

As you may know, since August 2009, I’ve been attending Re:Train in Seattle in hopes of learning from some of the experts about leading missional churches and church planting. My academic expectations were far exceeded by the quality and calibre of teaching. I have learned even more, about being a worshipper and disciple of Jesus, about being a more godly husband and father and about loving the city that God has placed me in. Through this time of transformation, God has grown in me a burning desire to see the gospel of Jesus Christ planted in peoples lives through new churches.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” ~ John 20:21

I believe that God has called me to lead the church and that he has been guiding me and gifting me for this purpose. The evidences of God’s grace on our lives over the past year reveal to us his love and the desire that he has for us to move forward with the resources he has given us to steward them well and put them to use for the growth of his kingdom. My coaches along with some other godly counsellors have encouraged and affirmed in me a calling to lead the church. Keely and I both know that our next step is to trust that Jesus is using us to plant the gospel in people’s hearts here in Campbell River a place we know and love.

Why Campbell River?

Out of the 7 or 8 evangelical churches in Campbell River, approximately only 2000 people could attend church on a Sunday morning, yet there are more than 32,000 people (census 2006) in Campbell River with estimates of close to 40,000 by 2013.(5) Who will go to the remaining 94% of the people in our city? Can our existing churches accomplish this great task alone?

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. ~ Acts 1:8

The truth is that Campbell River is in desperate need of the good news. We need more gospel-centered churches that are reaching the lost people of Campbell River and there is much work to be done.

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. ~ Jeremiah 29:7

Campbell River’s Newest Church Plant Name:

We’re still working on a name. If you have a good one, send it my way.(6)

Vision:

Gospel-centered community for the transformation of our lives and the redemption of our city.

Picture this: When we, people from all kinds of cultures and contexts, meet Jesus, he creates through us new communities that are shaped and fueled by the Gospel. These new communities gather together from all over the city to celebrate and enjoy the results of the Gospel, worshipping Jesus Christ, our loving King. Our response is to bring and share the Gospel with our families, our city and the rest of the world by loving, caring for and seeking the renewal of those cultures and contexts in which we live.

Mission:

We exist to to make disciples of Jesus Christ who worship God and love all peoples.

Core Values:

Know the gospel ::: identity in Jesus Christ
Enjoy the gospel ::: worship our loving King
Apply the gospel ::: community with other believers
Bring the gospel ::: live on mission where we live

Ministry Model:

Strategies:

Gospel Communities
The main thing that we will be known for is the central role that “Gospel Communities” play in the life of our church. Gospel Communities are the primary setting where people will meet Jesus. Led by male elders in neighborhoods all over the city, these groups may look very different from each other on the outside because of the diversity in our city. Meeting weekly for specific times of teaching in gospel fluency, we grow in being personally identified by the gospel and applying it to each other through prayer, confession, repentance and accountability (Eph 4:15-16; Heb 10:24-25). Living life together throughout the week, we strive to immerse ourselves in the mission by engaging our neighbors, serving our city and bringing the gospel to everyone we meet in a variety of ways that fit our culture (1 Cor 9:19-23). Because people are more apt to get involved through relationship, Gospel Communities will be the primary introduction outsiders will have to Jesus Christ and will be our main entry point for newcomers.

Sunday Gatherings
Our Sunday gatherings will be an overflow, response and celebration in worship of God for what he has done in and through us during the week. We enjoy the effects of the gospel partially realizing what a redeemed version of this culture looks like as we see lives transformed by Jesus (Acts 2:42-47). We gather to be equipped for the ministry of making disciples in our city through gospel-centered preaching (Eph 4:11-13; 2 Tim 4:1-2). Our gatherings provide opportunities for the body to be refreshed and built up through the proper and orderly expressions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:7; 14:40). We participate in Communion weekly, witness baptisms regularly, care for those in need often and discipline the unrepentant when it is necessary.

Biblical Leadership
Qualified men lead the church as a team of elders/pastors (1 Tim 3 & Tit 1) and as under-shepherds of the Chief Shepherd and Head, Jesus Christ. Once appointed, elders may lead Gospel Communities, other aspects of church life, be sent to other cities to plant new Gospel Communities or other expressions of the church. All men are called to be men of prayer and the word and lead like pastors in their families and will be called out to fight as soldiers alongside their brothers in this battle whether they lead as elders in the church or not. Men and women have opportunity to serve with the elders as deacons/deaconesses in various ministries (1 Tim 3:8-13; Rom 16:1) as leaders or helpers. And all members humbly strive for unity as they gather under a common confession of the Christian faith in this local expression of the worldwide historic church. It is expected that all members will be involved in some level of discipleship where they will continually be equipped and released to live out their gifting among the body of Christ both locally and abroad.

Timeline:

Phase 1…
May 2010
  • Support from Fellowship Pacific for pursuing planting in Campbell River (May 18)
  • Presentation to CR Baptist Elders (May 25)
June 2010
  • acquire support from CR Baptist leadership (they have agreed to support verbally and prayerfully)
  • begin application process for Acts 29 Network membership (currently in Phase 1)
July 2010
  • begin gathering a launch team
  • interview Campbell Riverites about church & Campbell River
  • finish and submit proposal to FEB Pacific
August 2010
  • have first meeting with Core Group to determine commitment level and potential level of giving
  • start regular vision & informational meetings (every Wednesday for all of August)
  • begin gathering support from regional Fellowship Pacific churches, local churches, and individuals
  • interview other Pastors in Campbell River.
  • recruit song leader for September
  • recruit a Transitional Elder Board made up of at least 1 Fellowship Pacific Pastor, at least 1 Acts 29 pastor and perhaps 1 CR Baptist pastor to serve temporarily until a local Elder board is appointed.
  • Finalize on a name for the church plant.
  • Purchase or design a logo and website.
  • finish Phase 1 of Acts 29 Application & register for September bootcamp
September 2010
  • goal: launch/core team numbers at 25 adults (minimum)
  • begin first “Gospel Community” in my home (meeting weekly)
  • begin training people in discipleship & gospel fluency
  • start search for venue for Sunday gatherings in the Willow Point area
  • attend Acts 29 Network Bootcamp in Seattle with Keely to pursue membership with them (registration completed).
October – December 2010
  • begin leadership development & eldership process with 2 or 3 members
  • start Gospel Community “mission immersions” (ie: serve the city outreach, etc.)
January – February 2011
  • Have most the startup costs raised or pledged
  • 1st Year Budget projected
  • secure a Sunday gathering location
  • lay out a plan for childcare on Sundays (ages 0 – Gr. 4)
  • attend one week training at Soma Communities in Tacoma (Jan 25-31) with 2 other leaders

Phase 2…

March 2011
  • appoint new elder(s) to the team
  • launch 2 or 3 new “Gospel Communities” in Campbell River (hoping 1 of these will be on a 1st Nations’ Reserve)
  • “soft launch” of Sunday gatherings
  • begin publicizing “hard launch”
April 2011
  • “hard launch” of Sunday gatherings on Resurrection Sunday (Apr 24) celebrating with baptisms, communion, music & the word
May – June 2011
  • Gospel Communities meeting regularly and incorporating new people
  • Gospel Communities participating in or planning various “Serve the City” events.
July – Aug 2011
  • Gospel Community leaders identify other potential leaders
  • Run a Soccer Camp
Phase 3…
Sept – Dec 2011
  • start membership/gospel classes
  • baptisms
  • start deacon and eldership process with 3 others
  • start 1 Gospel Community meeting on Mt. Washington
Jan – Jun 2012
  • hire Elder/Pastor responsible for music
July – Aug 2012
  • Soccer Camp
Phase 4…
Sept – Dec 2012
  • start a new Gospel Community in Courtenay/Comox area
Jan – Mar 2013
  • train new elders for more Gospel Communities in Courtenay/Comox
Apr – Aug 2013
  • begin gathering launch team for new Sunday Gathering campus in Courtenay/Comox
  • Soccer Camp
Phase 5…
Sept – Dec 2013
  • launch 2 or 3 new Gospel Communities in Courtenay/Comox and a new campus.

Startup & 3-yr Financial Plan:

Fundraising has just begun. The level of financial help we are receiving from FEB Pacific is yet to be officially determined.

Projected Startup Costs:
From now till March $32,000 (not including salary)
Projected 3-yr Plan from Launch of Sunday Gatherings:
Year 1 = $72,000     Year 2 = $80,000     Year 3 = $113,000

Give, Share, Support, Join:

Pray for us.

We will soon have a way to give financially through the FEB Pacific office.

Use social media to spread the word. Share with your friends IRL (in real life) as well as on Facebook and Twitter or your blog the things that are going on.

If you are interested in exploring with, supporting, or joining us and are already attending another church, please talk with your Pastor first and express to him your reasons.

Contact:

Mark Myles
881 Cortez Rd.
Campbell River, BC  V9W6J9
H: (250) 830-1733
M: (250) 204-7789
E: pastormarkmyles(at)gmail.com
B: https://markmyles.wordpress.com/

Doctrinal affiliation and conviction:

Our church is affiliated with Fellowship Pacific (http://www.bcfellowship.ca/), and holds to the confessional statement of The Gospel Coalition Network (http://thegospelcoalition.org/about/foundation-documents/confessional/) and the doctrinal statement of the Acts 29 Network (http://www.acts29network.org/about/doctrine/).

Footnotes:
1. Mike McKinley, Church Planting is for Wimps.
3 From my blog post, Church Planting is NOT a Competitive Sport. Aug 2010. (https://markmyles.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/church-planting-is-not-a-competitive-sport/)
4 Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church (Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008), P.302.
6 Visit my post, Naming a Church in Campbell River for more. (https://markmyles.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/naming-a-church-in-campbell-river/)
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2010 11:48 am

    Yeah!

    That’s an inspiring read. Gospel-centered. Biblically faithful.

    Count me a cheerleader.

    Paul Dirks

  2. Cheryl permalink
    August 6, 2010 4:22 pm

    Woo hoo!! This is exciting. God, build Your church!

  3. Mattias permalink
    August 7, 2010 8:49 am

    Awesome Mark; very clear and well written. We look forward to coming to a meeting soon.

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