As Dan Gregory (Lead Planter) tells it:
On February 25, churches across the US within The Alliance will celebrate church planting. The Northwest, in particular, has much to celebrate.
In recognition of this, we have put together a leaflet containing information on church planting and some of the encouraging headlines from new churches affiliated with Northwest Church Planting.
Churches are encouraged to use any or all of this content, and distribute however they see fit. Let's spread the word about what God is up to in our neighborhoods!
Anchor Church, led by planter Bryan Halferty, held a preview gathering on January 28, after months of core team meetings, repairs and remodeling on the old Tacoma Alliance building that they now inhabit, and prayerfully crafting a mission that is on target for their context in Tacoma. A sense of celebration and excitement permeated the air at Anchor.
Trusting that God would bring the people who needed to be there, Anchor set out over two hundred chairs in preparation. What a beautiful thing to then have to add a few more rows once people started filling the sanctuary.
Micah Dodson, Director of Northwest Church Planting, was even spotted playing bass for the worship team! Images of the gathering are below.
Stir, Northwest Church Planting's regular networking and inspiration event for church planters, recently welcomed Rick McKinley (Imago Dei, Multnomah's D-Min program) to speak on Staying on Mission in an Ever-Changing Context.
A combined nearly 100 church planters and teams attended Stir between its two locations, held in Woodinville, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Thanks to all who attended! And stay tuned for details on the next Stir events, happening in May.
Rick McKinley's talk from the Portland, Oregon event can be heard and downloaded below:
Alliance Northwest Networks are proving to be a good vehicle toward achieving our mission to reach our "Judea and Samaria." The result is an uptick in church planting across our Field. Here are some wins we're tracking:
- The Southern Oregon Network has launched two churches, The Living Room and Journey Roseburg.
- The East Side Network just launched New Ground, a new church in Clarkston.
- The North Sound Network is planting a multi-ethnic campus in Arlington.
- The South Sound Network has come alongside Mercer Creek to start a new church called Anchor in Tacoma (two weeks ago, Anchor had 300 attend at their first preview service, see the news story below).
- Hood River Alliance, in partnership with the Portland Metro Network, is planting One Life in The Dalles. In addition, the Portland Metro Network came alongside Mosaic in Portland to launch a second Mosaic campus.
- The North Puget Network is helping to plant Hope Church in Oak Harbor.
Networks are proving to be an invaluable vehicle to realize our vision to reach God’s lost children in the neighborhoods that surround us.
Today, we have far more Networks (and churches) poised to resource a new church than we have leaders to start them. The Alliance US has set aside Sunday, February 25 to both celebrate church planting and pray for more church planting leaders. It’s the perfect opportunity for all of us to remind or reintroduce folks to Jesus' call on the Church to start churches. Would you take time the 25th to highlight the ministry of church planting to your adults, student ministries, and children? If your church is in a Network, consider highlighting how you’re working alongside other churches in response to our multiplying call. It’s also a great Sunday to begin regularly asking God to raise up men and women who’ll help start and lead in the next wave of new churches.
Northwest Church Planting is the church planting arm of the Alliance Northwest. We just launched a new website that unpacks the proven resources we have available to offer a church planting leader. On the site, you'll also find a number of simple ways to highlight church planting in your ministry area on Sunday Feb 25th. Visit at nwchurchplanting.org. Also, here's a video from the National Office for that special Sunday.
I’m here to catalyze your church planting dreams. Feel free to let me know how I can help.
Praying for all kinds of new churches and leaders to reach our “Judea and Samaria".
MICAH DODSON | Director
Northwest Church Planting
We're celebrating alongside Anchor Church for the first 6 months of their life in Tacoma, Washington. Here are a few quick details about how the church continues to grow:
50+ people (so far) have signed a covenant expressing their commitment to Anchor – that's up from 20 when their first weekly Sunday evening meetings began
- Anchor currently has four "Anchor Groups", with the hopes of growing to six in January
- A friendship is developing between Anchor and Young Life; YL recently held their 'All City Club" at Anchor Church
- Renovations on the building continue; next steps are installing carpet and new A/V equipment
- January will hold Anchor's first "Preview Gathering" to show neighboring community members what Anchor is all about, and what it will be once it officially launches
Anchor is thankful for your continued support, and invites everyone to their preview gathering, January 28th, 10am.
New Ground Alliance Church in Clarkston, Washington (lead planter Bill Creutzberg), held their first weekly gathering in late September and one hundred people attended. The church is particularly excited that there were thirty kids in their youth ministry.
New Ground Alliance Church is a church planting project from the East Side Network (Paul Smith, Crosspoint Alliance Church; Rod Cosgrove, Garland Avenue Alliance Church; Terry Gugger, Orofino Community Church).
The Living Room in Central Point, Oregon (lead planter Dan Gregory), held their first weekly gathering on October 1, after core team meetings and neighborhood BBQ events. They welcomed 79 people through its doors (64 adults and 15 littles).
The Living Room is a church planting project from the Southern Oregon Network (Brian Crawford, Alliance Community Church; Lee Gregory, The Medford Neighborhood Church; Nathan Goble, Roseburg Alliance Church; Jeff Paschall, Journey Roseburg; Tim Skelly, Green Community Church; Glen Zimmerman, Eugene C&MA Church; Pieter Theron, South Umpqua Community Church; Joe Skladany, Veneta Alliance Church).
Church planting teams from Salem, Central Point, and Tacoma, as well as attendees from California and Arizona, descended on East Park Church in Vancouver, Washington in late August for NW Church Planting's Bootcamp workshop.
Hope Church had its first monthly gathering in August at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Lead Pastor Matthew Erikson and team are excited for what God is allowing to happen in Oak Harbor through their plant. For previous news about Hope Church, click here.
Anchor Church, planted by Bryan Halferty in the old Tacoma Alliance building, hosted a "vision and info" night and had 28 people come to consider joining the core team.