A lot of exciting things are happening with the new church in LA since the last time we posted
. Katie and I just finished our teaching responsibilities with the end of the school year, and we are now transitioning to the next chapter in life and a new season of ministry.
We are so pumped for this journey, but we know we can’t do it on our own. Here are a couple of updates so that you can be praying for us.
We are still building a team. We have about 15-20 people who are at various phases in the process of potentially joining our launch team. God has to miraculously provide in each and every situation for this to work. For example, one of our teammates named Katie has an important job interview in North Hollywood next week. We are still trying to figure out housing possibilities in the Silverlake area. Please pray that God would call more people to this mission, and then open doors for their participation.
We are still fundraising. So far we have raised about $65,000 in cash and about $6,800 in monthly commitments, in large part thanks to the generous financial support of Central Christian Church and its people. We still need roughly $85,000 more in cash on hand and ~$6,500 in monthly commitments to set us up with the resources necessary to plant a church with the capacity to sustain itself in an expensive urban context.
Right now you can set up recurring gifts at CentralChristian.org if you select the church planting option from the appropriate drop down menu after clicking “sign-up” to give. We will soon have our own church accounts set up and we’re having a fundraiser dinner at the end of summer, so watch out for details
We are still praying. We just finished an 8-week class and prayer group at Central Christian Church that over 60 different people got involved with, and Katie and I spend dedicated time in prayer for every single individual who considers joining our team. We believe that prayer is the most important part of this equation.
As the first step towards reaching this city with the good news of Jesus Christ, we are starting a weekly prayer and training group in Silver Lake on Wednesday nights in mid-July. Anyone is welcome to join. This is where the real work begins. Reach out if you’d like to be part of this new adventure.
Please share this post with anyone you know that you think might be interested in praying, joining us, or supporting us in any way.
Until all LA encounters Jesus,