2007 Rapport: In the Footsteps of Bold Leaders
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Kay Gross (D.Min. 2004) and her husband, Dave (M.Div. 1980), pastor Radiant Life Church, in Dublin, Ohio. They planted the church in 1980 with two couples meeting in their living room. Today, the church runs over 450 and is building a $5 million facility. Kay is also a member of the AGTS Board of Directors.
Dublin is a thriving northwest suburb of Columbus filled with executives and upper management. It is a beautiful community, proud of its heritage and prosperity.
In the early years, it seemed we drew people from everywhere except Dublin, but we never forgot our original call to the financially secure but spiritually needy elite of this community. How do you reach people that appear to need so little?
As we have allowed God to direct our ministries and programs, three outreaches stand out.
Several years ago, we began pre-senting large “garden variety” cantatas. Over time, God provided the vision and expertise for us to produce quality productions that appealed to the Dublin community’s love of art and theatre. First, The Promise, an Easter passion play, received wide acclaim. Soon, A Christmas Masterpiece and later, The Gospel According to Scrooge became a Christmas tradition for many in the community.
Since most parents in Dublin work outside the home, childcare is a significant need. Our children’s pastor began a two-week summer day camp program. About 100 children, most from pre-Christian homes, pay us to provide Vacation Bible School curriculum and fun field trips. We have also added Radiant Kids Daycare so that we can impact the children of this community on an on-going basis.
Dublin has a lot of kids, and most of them love soccer. We decided to reach out to them through a sport they love. So, two years ago, we started Soccerfest, a day of free fun, food, inflatables, soccer games and coaching.
These outreaches weren’t in our original plan, at least not in the size and quality they have become. And yet, each has provided an avenue of ministry that is making a difference in the way the comm-nity views Christ and his church.
Thursday, December 14, 2006 4:47 PM