We’re pretty excited about church planting. We finished our ministry at Richview on January 15th. We’re supposed to be taking a few weeks off to paint and rest, but we’re finding it hard not to get working on what’s coming next.
In this post I want to give a bit of an update, answer some questions we’re hearing a lot, and most importantly, ask for your prayers.
Where is the church going to be?
Good question! We’re looking in the downtown Toronto area. Our ideal location would be somewhere that’s growing in population (new condos and development), and that lacks existing churches. There are quite a few pockets in Toronto that meet these criteria.
We have our eyes on one location in particular. We spent some time there yesterday. We’re incredibly excited about this area and can see lots of potential there. Please pray for wisdom as we investigate further.
When do you start?
Between now and the summer I’ll be visiting churches, building a core group and raising support. We hope to get the core group going in the summer, and launch sometime in the Fall.
Who is in your core group?
We’re planting as part of the Toronto Association of the Fellowship, and we’re building a core group from within that group of churches, as well as others who may be interested. Please pray that God will prepare those who should be part of this new church.
Does Toronto really need another church?
Yes. See this document (PDF) by Tim Keller. It’s what got me thinking about church planting in the first place.
I’d ask for your prayers. Specifically:
- that we will settle on a location, maybe even the one we’ve begun to explore
- that God would prepare those who are going to be part of our core team
- for some of the steps we need to take to get organized
- for spiritual protection and for unity as a family
God has been good to us so far, and it’s clear that he’s doing something. We can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
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