North Shore Church Planting update
Sometimes I can’t believe they pay me to do what I do. Spent this weekend hanging out and worshipping with church planters from various demographic contexts.
Friday and Saturday I was privileged to conference with our Filippino-American Church Planter Network. Lito Magbanua leads our network and his passion for people to know Christ has ignited a mini-movement in our region. I learned a ton about Church Planting movements and the Filippino culture. International Director of the Philippino Missions Association was our presenter. We talked Church Planting Movements, House Churches, and the need for missionaries and missions monies in the the least reach regions. Most challenging question of the weekend: How do we reach Muslims for Christ? Answer: Increase the witnesses in the Muslim world. Problem: This would also most likely increase the martyrs in the world as well. Still more interesting is that the word for witness and the word for martyr are one in the same in the Net Testament. 73% of the Bibles printed today are printed for the 33% of the world that have much access to the gospel. .5% of mission monies actually go to reaching the 172 billion unreached peoples in the least reached regions. We’ve got a lot to do, and we as Americans have a lot to learn from Asian believers about moving the Gospel through and over obstacles.
Today, our family had the honor of worshipping with and teaching at Stillwater Baptist Church in Hammond. The sign outside said, “Worship Experience, 10am” and it was not false advertising. Stillwater Baptist Church is alive. They are a four year old church that were bounced around by Hurricane Katrina and currently worships in a 2,300 square foot warehouse. Today, they celebrated the signing of a contract on a 12,000 square foot former gym. Lonnie and Frankeya Tucker have led well and are sure to bring in a great harvest for God’s kingdom. I’m looking forward to being back at Stillwater real soon.
The church that I am planting, Bridge Church of West St. Tammany met this evening for Admin. night. Matt Marrs, our worship pastor is in South Africa for a Mission Trip, so we punted on music and crunched numbers for the glory of God all night. We decided to give away 25% to Missions and try to increase it 2% each year. Glad to be a part of Church Planting efforts in Southeast Louisiana.