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?