What’s New at Asbury Church Planting?
APPLY FOR THE ASBURY CP FELLOWSHIP BY JUNE 4, 2022!
The Church Planting Initiative is excited to partner with church planters who are engaging in new, innovative approaches to church planting in the 21st century. Each year, we will select qualified church planters to be a part of our fellows’ program. As a fellow, you will be a part of a one-year cohort with other planters from a variety of contexts and backgrounds. You will receive grant funding of up to $5,000, enjoy free resources, and receive regular coaching calls from an expert in a contextually appropriate area. If God is calling you to plant a church and you are in the first 1-3 years of planting a new church and desire to become a church-planting fellow, then we invite you to apply for our next cohort of Church Planting Fellows! Click HERE to apply.
NEW CHURCH PLANTING CONVERSATIONS PODCAST EPISODE
Dr. Winfield Bevins is joined by the influential Bishop John Mark Richardson for a powerful testimony of church planting during the pandemic, women in leadership, and the future of the church in America. You can listen to Part 1 and Part 2.
Bishop Richardson is currently an Ecclesiastical Jurisdictional Bishop in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). He was consecrated by Presiding Bishop-Emeritus Charles Edward Blake, Sr., and the COGIC General Board, November 2016. Bishop Richardson provides spiritual and organizational management to over 60 pastors and congregations in California, Arizona, and Oregon, and over 100 churches in the International Community: Republic of Kenya, East Africa; Belize, Central America; Republic of Benin, West Africa; and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa. He has planted, directly and indirectly, over 40 churches throughout the United States and International Communities and continues to work with, train, and support church planters. Bishop Richardson is also the COGIC Regional Bishop for the Western States, covering California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho.
4 STRATEGIES THE POSTMODERN CHURCH CAN LEARN FROM ANTIOCH
The book of Acts is Luke’s second account of the good news about Jesus and how through the power of the Holy Spirit it spread from Jerusalem to Rome. The extremely complex ethnic world of the first century is evidenced by the multiplicity of nations gathered in Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of Pentecost in Acts 2. The missionary agenda of the Acts missional movement comes from a missionary God in Acts 1:8 but the template of reproduction was already spelt out in Matthew 28:16-20 [missional discipleship]. It is extremely important to note that the Jerusalem church did not comprehend God’s agenda for the nations initially and maybe for a very long time. Incidentally Antioch was Paul’s first recorded local church where he was a teaching pastor at the bottom of a multiethnic and multi-gifted Leadership Team (Acts 13:1). Church planting became the heart of the Pauline mission… READ MORE