Two intersecting events created a serendipity this week.
Our denomination has a 5th S! We have missions work in four particular areas of the world — each symbolized with an S. We have just added a 5th S – from Sea to Sea — a desire to multiply churches through our churches in Canada within Canada. That’s what is called church planting!
I arrived back in town from a session on this 5th S to a phone call to be returned. A fellow and his family have arrived in town from BC. They feel called of God to plant a church in Kindersley. There background is independent Baptist. They’ve bought a place and hope to begin meetings soon. He sat and told me of this adventure this morning.
I have conflicting emotions. On one hand I know we need to see a community come to know who Jesus is — and God opens all sorts of ways to do this. On another front, I see that we have a number of evangelical churches in town that could and should be doing this work (and a new sense of cooperation has arisen in these last few months in that regard). On yet another front, I wonder what it would be like for our denomination to drop into another town around this country and hope to be accepted in an effort to plant a church.
So, here we are. I’m glad God knows where the next step will land!