Why start another church in Mid County?
You may be thinking to yourself, “Why start another church in Southeast Texas?” This is Bible Belt U.S.A. after all, and you pass by dozens of churches as you drive around Nederland and Port Neches. Don’t we have enough churches? Won’t this hurt the strength of existing churches? Why not do more to help the churches that are struggling? Or is this just another— “Our church is better than yours?” mentality. No, we love the universal Church, even with all of its flaws and imperfections, and we value all of the local congregations that are seeking to exalt the name of Christ in our community.
Even so, we are burdened by the reality that many of our friends, neighbors, and co-workers do not have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Of those that do claim a relationship with Christ, some have left the church while others are only nominally involved with God and His purposes. We don’t think that we have everything figured out, and we believe that there are many great local churches that are making a huge difference in this community and around the world for the sake of the Gospel. Our desire is to partner alongside these churches to continue to advance the kingdom of Jesus as we see more and more lives transformed by the power of the Gospel.
We have spent a lot of time thinking and praying about this, and we believe that there are compelling Biblical and cultural reasons to plant this church right here, right now.
In the Great Commission, Jesus tell us to go into all the nations and make disciples. When the first century disciples heard this commission from Jesus, they obeyed by faithful spreading the gospel and planting new churches. We desire to be faithful to the Great Commission by following the church planting pattern in the book of Acts, reaching more and more people for Jesus. We don’t want to just shuffle the sheep around between existing churches, but we want to penetrate deep into our community and see those that do not yet know Christ become fully devoted followers of Him.
No one can argue that culture is changing. Our country and cities are becoming increasingly less Christian and it is no longer the norm for families to attend church every Sunday together. Because of this trend, there is a growing population of unchurched millennials in our community. This demographic will not be reached by the traditional, “come and see” approach to evangelism. The church is going to have be more innovative in its missional strategy by equipping the saints for the work of ministry, and sending them into the community to do the work of gospel ministry. This will require engaging people on their turf while demonstrating tangibly and declaring boldly the timeless truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that a great mission field is right before us.
Many churches in Texas and in the US are in a state of decline. Over 120 million people in the U.S. are not following Christ and we are now the largest mission field in the Western hemisphere. In our local Golden Triangle network of churches, 8 out of 10 are in a state of decline and are not effectively reaching the lost in the community. While churches are declining in America, the number of cults and false religions is steadily growing. We cannot sit back and do nothing as the church loses ground and opportunity in our community. If we want to see the next generation reached with the gospel and our communities saturated with the love and grace of Jesus Christ, we are going to have to continue to plant churches that plant churches that plant more churches.
How can I partner with you?
Pray that the Lord will bless this work. Pray that God will provide for our needs and grant wisdom to our leaders. This is very important! Unless the Lord builds this house, all of our labors will be in vain. Please pray on our behalf. Contact us if you would like to receive prayer updates.
Consider being on mission with us in our community. Attend a worship service. Join a community group and learn more about what it means to be a part of a family of missionary servants who make disciples.
Spread the word about this new work. Tell others who might be interested in laboring with us for the kingdom of Christ.
In order to start this new church and to serve God’s purposes both locally and globally, we need partners who will give financially. More information on how you can give is available here.
For more information about church planting, check out this article by Tim Keller on why we want to plant churches.