One of our core values as a church is, “The local church is the hope of the world, and the kingdom comes first, even before our own success. We will multiply as believers, as small groups, and as a church to fill the world with God’s glory.” So we are students of church planting. Grace Hills is, and will always be, a teaching hospital of sorts.
In the summer of 2011, Angie and I left the staff of a great megachurch to launch out into the abyss and begin planting Grace Hills. It wasn’t for the stability, the notoriety, or to have less stress. At Saddleback Church, we were surrounded by great people, willing volunteers, a budget for effective ministry, and mentors and friends. We are planting Grace Hills Church for three primary reasons:
- People, without Jesus, die and go to hell and church planting is the most effective way to stop that from happening.
- God has called us clearly to plant Grace Hills in northwest Arkansas right now.
- We believe in the power of collaboration and multiplication for kingdom expansion, ultimately for the glory of God in all the earth.
If you believe God is calling you to church planting, we want to know about it. We wish we could give financially to every church planter and add people to our staff for training and sending purposes. Unfortunately, our resources are not as unlimited as we would like them to be. But we can help. As Grace Hills grows, we want to make available various internships, residencies, training, and mentoring opportunities. We want to put planters in contact with potential partners. And we want to multiply our efforts by planting daughter churches.
So please, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your story. What is God calling you to do, and how can we help equip you?
Church Planting Projects With Whom We’ve Partnered
We are imperfect people who understand that we have been created by a perfect God who accepts us just like we are but loves us way too much to leave us that way. And He loves you that much too! We believe that God has an amazing plan for your life. You are meant for so much more. The Bible records in John 10:10 that the whole reason Christ came was so that we could have life and that we might have it to the fullest. We call this the Summit Life – life how it’s meant to be lived.
Pray for the Faulk’s and The Summit Church, and if you’re interested in hearing from them and potentially partnering with them as well, give them a shout. I know they’d be thrilled to hear from you.
John and Alisha Herring will soon be relocating from central Arkansas to Nixa, Missouri to plant Refuge Church. They share our value of multiplication and we’re excited to support them on multiple levels. In their own words…
We are a brand new church coming to Nixa, MO. Plans are currently in progress for our team to completely arrive in Nixa by January 2013. God has given us a love for Nixa that can’t be expained any other way except through Him. We have a desire to be a group of real people who have been touched by a real God to make a real difference in the lives of people in Nixa and beyond.
The Herring’s need our prayers as they transition to the field to get started. Reach out to them and encourage and support the great work they’re going to do!
Other Planting and Partnering Opportunities
The Globe, Including North America
We have an ongoing mutual partnership with the Baptist Missionary Association of America to help support a church planting movement for the global glory of God. We love the BMAA because of their emphasis on strong, biblical doctrine, church multiplication, and the role of the local church in spreading the gospel to the nations. If you feel a calling to church planting, they’d love to hear from you.