Just got back from Life Church Jackson in Brandon, MS. Franko Hornsby, my
nephew, is pastor there. It is a lively, friendly church with the potential
to reach many people in the area who have either dropped out of church or
never really been involved.
After the Sunday service Franko and I drove for an hour and a half a few
miles north of Yazoo City to make an afternoon deer hunt. It was raining and
the gumbo mud nearly got the best of us. By the time we got out there was
over 100 pounds of the dark sticky mud clinging to the 4-wheeler and
me....No deer but a great experience.
This week I am home with Charlene and awaiting all the Christmas activities
to begin. I love this time of year. Pray for all of the ARC churches as we
go into this season that God will give them inroads into the lives of many
who need Christ.
After the CPR at C3 I drove to Charlotte, NC to be with Naeem and Ashley Fazal. What a miracle church! Soon to celebrate two years old, Mosaic is reaching nearly 800 people and causing a stir in the Hunterville area. It was great to see the Fazal’s again and see the kids growing up. Saturday night, Naeem’s mother cooked a delicious Arabian meal, Roti. It was delicious. Thanks to Mosaic, hundreds of 20-Somethings are coming to Christ as well as their families. Thanks Naeem for an incredible time!
We had an incredible time at the Church Planters Roundtable at Matt and Martha Fry’s church. C3 is a great church in the Raleigh area in a town called Cleveland. C3 stands for Cleveland Community Church. There were 30 people in attendance with 5 or 6 potential church planters and a couple of churches that may join ARC and help with church planting. The C3 staff did an incredible job hosting the event….as usual.
Earlier this month ARC recommended three more church planters for 2008-09.
This brings the total to over 15 for next year. Great couples that dream of
planting life-giving churches are not always easy to find but God keeps
sending them our way. I thank God for the over 50 that have come our way and
pray for hundreds more in the future.
Hey...have you checked out the "Teleconferences" that take place nearly
every Wednesday? You get to talk to Chris Hodges, Rick Bezet, Greg Surratt
and Dino Rizzo...ask them questions...get answers!
Number 50! ARC started 7 years ago with a vision of planting churches around
the USA. We started slow and have been gaining speed ever since. Today,
Sunday, September 23, 2007 ARC has planted church #50.
Mark and Janet Furlong launched Cross Point Church today in the St. Louis
area between St. Peter and O'Fallon, Missouri.
Mark and Janet were missionaries in Germany back in the 80's when I first
met them. They since moved back to the states and for the last few years
worked for Pastor Ron Tucker at Grace Church in St. Louis.
Thanks for everyone that has helped ARC have a part in the lives of 50
different church planting couples.
Today I am in Atlanta visiting my dear friends at EQUIP. I will have lunch with Tom Atema and Doug Carter discussing the Million Leaders Mandate Initiative in Europe. My plan is to launch 3-4 new countries in 2009 including, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Estonia. This is great stuff.
At the ARC board meeting we laid out the plan for planting 30 new churches by Dec. 2008. We are pumped at all the new church planters are doing and all the talent God is sending our way.
By the way, you've probably already heard about FOCUS on 5, a special church growth event designed especially for pastors who are facing a plateau in momentum, attendance or motivation. At this event, we'll be talking about the five key growth catalysts that are proven to break inertia and breakaway. The event well be held at Seacoast Church on October 29-30.
Hey, this is my first blog to announce the publishing of my new book, "Success for the Second in Command." Creation House, Strang Communications is the publisher. It should hit bookstores sometimes this month...January, 2006. If you get one and read it, let me know what you think. Thanks, Billy