As a follow up to our last post, I thought it might be fun to give our readers a window into some of the specific prayers we have been praying as we think about building our launch team for the church plant in Wilmington. In other words, there are certain kinds of people we have been asking God to send with us to help us get this church off the ground.
In some ways the following list is a hodge-podge of thoughts, desires, and dreams, so I’ll be the first to say that I know God will build His church with whichever workers He sees as necessary to do the work (thankfully!) – BUT, these are the categories of fellow laborers we believe would be of great value to the new church.
If you fall into one of the categories below, maybe YOU are the one God may be calling to go with us. If so, it’s time to have a talk, brudda or sista!
So, in no specific order, here are the workers/laborers/body parts we’re praying for:
While we will spend 6 days being the church every week, we will place an emphasis on the Sunday meeting, the time we get to gather together as the church. On that day especially, we want to “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with our hearts” (Eph. 5:19). Problem is, Aaron and I don’t sing or play instruments (although I can play a pretty mean 4/4 beat on the drums, whatttt!), and putting us on the microphone to sing is a good way to quench the Spirit, nahm sayin?
That said, we’re asking God to send us people who can sing and play in a way that shifts the attention of the congregation away from us and on to King Jesus, the One who has already made the way into God’s presence and who is worthy of our full adoration. If that’s you, we need you.
So that I tread sensitively here, I’ll keep this one short and direct you here if you’d like to read more about this desire of ours. Two brief points:
- There is a long, dark history of racial division in Wilmington. I realize that this division is felt nationwide, but there are some sad events that have occurred in Wilmington over the past century plus that make the divide feel wider there. That makes us sad, and we would like to be a church that enters into (rather than run away from) the plight of our black brothers and sisters.
- We want our church to reflect our community. Of the races represented in Wilmington, over 30,000 are of non-white ethnicity. We don’t want to be a church that only looks like the majority in our city.
For these reasons and more, we’re asking God to give us friends in Wilmington who don’t look like us. If that’s you, we need you. We want to learn from you, worship Jesus with you, and grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ with you.
Children’s ministry workers
We move to Wilmington with six kids. If we become anything like other Sovereign Grace churches, we gon’ need some help ministering to our little ones.
I can think of few greater opportunities to shape lives for Jesus other than with our children. If you are particularly called and gifted to relate with non-adults, bro, sis, we need you.
My bro A-aron is a gifted evangelist. When he reads this, he will ask me to remove this part, and I will refuse. He has a way of meeting someone, genuinely caring for them and getting to know them, and sharing Christ with them in the time it takes me to figure out where and with whom our next scheduled meeting is with. And he’ll make me late. (But people meet Jesus, so I’m over it.)
Churches are built on a few things, evangelism and prayer being two biggies. So in order to plant a successful church in Wilmington (whatever that means), we need people to come with us who love talking about Jesus. Heck, we want people to come with us who want to grow in evangelism PERIOD.
So, if this is you, we need you. Don’t worry, we’ll help you.
In the storyline of the book of Acts, the refrain throughout is that as God’s Word was preached and taught, the church grew. One of mine and Aaron’s passions is to develop gifted and qualified leaders in our church to help us teach the Bible and equip the body for the work of ministry so that it grows and is built up (see Eph. 4:8-16).
If you have served in vocational ministry before, OR have a sense that God is calling you to servant leadership in the local church, we would love to sit down with you and chat and pray about how God may use you in Wilmington.
Okay, not really, but that would be cool!
If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times: young pastors beget young families. Like attracts like. And while we are delighted to do life with a bunch of hipsters, we are asking God to send us people who have more wisdom and life experience than we have yet to attain. Again, we believe our church should reflect our community, and we see the great importance of serving alongside brothers and sisters who can perhaps relate more seamlessly with the cross-section of Wilmington born before disco died.
If this is you, we need you. And let me just say, if this is you, thank you for your humility. Church members who are a generation (or more) older than their pastors are special people and are so very much needed in the local church. We want to be surrounded by people that we ourselves can learn from!
Oh yea, I forgot. As it currently stands, our congregation is a little on the small side. Whereas it would be amazing to have all of the above come with us, we would be just as amazed if God would send with us folks who don’t fit in any of these categories.
- love Jesus,
- want to see Him work in ways you have not before,
- want to see a new church be planted and grow in Wilmington,
- want to see people come to know and love the Savior,
- want to be a catalyst for the spread of the Gospel in the city,
- want to see the kingdom of Satan writhe and the Kingdom of Christ thrive in the lives of Wilmingtonians,
- want to get your hands dirty for the sake of people in need,
- and ultimately, want to be a part of God’s unstoppable mission for His glory and your good, we need you!
You don’t have to be called to be a pastor or be able to perform the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (I had to look that up, too. It’s a famous opera). You simply need to be willing to take up your cross, deny yourself every day, and follow Christ to Wilmington along with us (Luke 9:23).
The last word: Jesus is already doing amazing work in the city through His church, we simply want to join in and be some extra hands in the work.
So I ask one more time, what about you? You coming?