Our Journey to Church Planting
WHAT GOD HAS DONE
Throughout the year we have seen Jesus lead us perfectly as he brought us out of the Sierra Foothills, provided for our needs as we were vetted by The SEND Network and trained by Trinity Benicia, gave us ample opportunities for ministry and outreach in the Benicia area, he graduated Trinity Church into a church building that better suited our body's needs, gave Trinity a church property in Calistoga in need of some TLC and a new pastor, and expedited our plans from an expected 3 years of preparation down to barely 18 months before opening the doors of a new church plant in the Napa Valley.
WHAT WE EXPECT GOD TO DO
We are working towards meeting with our core team at the Calistoga property as early as Summer 2024. This will allow time for the holdings to be legally passed to Trinity, and the building given the necessary renovations to serve the community well. Whether we move up to the Napa Valley or commute from Benicia is dependent on housing (which is *quite* the cost in that bougie area), but we will be visiting often between now and then so as to start getting to know the people we will be serving. We are excited for the people who may already live in Calistoga, and those who God will call to MOVE to the town, who will become our core team; those called to partner with us in giving of our daily lives toward this church plant.
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING
In order for us to continue to pursue excellence in the areas God has called us currently, Jason will complete this full-time year of seminary (leaving only a few classes to complete by Spring of 2025), and will faithfully continue his role as Associate Pastor at Trinity, while I maintain my positions of tutor for Classical Conversations and Troop Shepherd for American Heritage Girls. On October 1 Jason will be examined by a panel of pastors as they affirm him as qualified for the role of elder, which is a beautiful way in which Trinity is further equipping him to shepherd a church plant. In addition to a lengthy to-do list in church planting prep, we are needing to learn how to write an elevator pitch to explain who we are, what we're hoping to do, and to get others excited about partnering with us in this amazing adventure God has crafted.
WHAT WE NEED
We are ready to start fundraising and team building! We will be looking for folks who want to see the gospel brought to the parts of California where the residents are so circumstantially comfortable that they don't realize they are in need of rescuing. We are inviting our fellow believers to contribute in three primary ways: PRAYERS for Calistoga and for our family, FUNDS for the church renovations, and FUNDS for our survival. The wildest prayer we are expecting God to provide for are a few families who are called to MOVE to Calistoga as members of the core team, fully invested in seeing this church thrive.