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Summer 2003 Rapport: Church Planting

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From the Front Lines: Two Methods of Funding

Below— Anthony’s Team (left to right): Scott Evans (M.A.C.M. 2003), Peter Landers (M.A.T.S. 2002), Anthony Scoma (M.Div. 2002), Chris McCool (student), Ruben Ruiz (student), Stacy Teel (M.A.I.M. 2002, not pictured).

 

Mothering

Anthony Scoma (M.Div. 2002)—Anthony led a team of five AGTS alumni and students to plant a church in Austin, Texas. As the discipleship pastor at James River Assembly of God, Springfield, Mo., for four years, Anthony had spoken with Pastor John Lindell about the possibility of planting a church on many occasions. In that time, James River had planted two other churches. This past February, during their missions convention, the pastor gave Anthony a seven-minute window during each morning service to share his vision with the church. The pastor then made an appeal for people to go with them. Thirteen families committed to make the move.

“James River is being very generous,” said Anthony. “The money they provide will cover my salary for a year, start up costs and a nest egg towards eventual land purchase. The North Texas district and Austin section are also supporting us with monthly funds.” The other team members will either raise their own support and/or get second jobs until the church can pay them.

Tent-making

Mickey Best (M.Div. 1993)—Mickey planted a seeker-targeted church in Madison, Wis., in 1998. He works full-time in computer support to provide for his family while pastoring. “Having to work full-time and pastor isn't the end of the world,” said Mickey. “God has given us strength, provided people to help with the church, taught some valuable corporate lessons, given opportunities to share Christ, and given us tremendous joy. I know doing ‘double duty’ seemed like the beginning of the end to me at one time. I've heard other church planters get discouraged at the thought. That hasn't been the case for us. We've put a lot of thought in how to balance family and work and more work, and it’s worked out well.”

Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 2:21 PM

 

 
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