Since our Parish Forum on Church Planting on January 16, the Church Planting Catalyst Team has been developing a strategy and a timeline for some initial efforts directed toward reaching out to the unchurched. Be on the lookout for more updates and various opportunities for you to get involved.
In the meantime, the Vestry recently made the decision to make a financial commitment to these efforts before any construction toward Phase 1 of the Mission Abbey even begins. Over the next five years, $75,000 will be set aside in our church planting fund for future needs related to planting churches. We are truly developing our property and pursuing church planting at the same time!
Integral to our Mission Abbey vision is our dream to become a hub (mothership) for Anglican church planting throughout West Tennessee. The Mission Abbey and church planting are not two separate things, but part of the one vision God has given us as a church.
Keep in mind that church planting is not about siphoning off a segment of All Saints people and money to start a new weekly Sunday service across town, but rather about reaching the unchurched and building relationships with them, meeting their needs and making disciples. That means that true church planting takes a lot of time, a lot of work, and a lot of prayer. Through these trial-and-error efforts, we pray that the Spirit builds and strengthens a community of people who share in God’s life for the life of the world, so that eventually, a new congregation begins to take shape.