Recently, as many of you already know, the Lord moved our hearts to begin a new work—to plant a new church in Sweetwater, TN. He has called us to this work, equipped us for it, and we believe He is opening the door for us to begin this task.
I know some of you may question the need for a new church in Sweetwater. I don’t blame you, so did I, at first. However, around 80% of folks in Sweetwater do not attend church on any given Sunday. Furthermore, to my knowledge it has been at least 50 years or more since a new SBC church was started in Sweetwater. It may have even been as long as 65 years. A host of other reasons may give more credence to this task, but the main one is this: God has given me a burden for this work, and I am committed to it.
So far, I have laid out a general plan, along with the name (The Fellowship Church) and a general vision for the purpose of the church. Furthermore, I have some core values I’d like to see the church strive to practice. I’ve included a couple of images you may view to get a visual of some of these themes. I also have an idea about preferred places to meet for worship, ministry plans, and worship styles.
What I am requesting from all who read our blog is this: Please commit to praying for this work. If you agree, I will add you to an e-mail contact list: “The Fellowship Church Prayer Partners.” As we work toward our goal of planting a new church, I will periodically send updates on the progress along with a new list of prayer requests. If you are willing to commit to this, please contact me, and I will add you to the list.
We also would like for all our friends to pray that God will raise up a Sending/Mother Church to partner with us in this task. We feel called to plant this new church, but we also believe that it is best when churches plant churches. We’re praying for one supporting church to be a local church near the Sweetwater area that we can join and work through as we plant The Fellowship as a ministry of that church with the understanding that the long term goal is an autonomous, self-supporting church.
We are all excited about our new adventure for His glory, and We really appreciate all of your prayers and support!
Mat 9:37-38 NKJV Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (38) Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
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