February Focus: Church Planting


February 1, 2017

There is no more effective means under heaven to see new people come into and engage in the Kingdom of God than through church planting. History and statistics confirm what we see in the Bible as the way the movement of Jesus multiplies from place to place. Church Planting is the only vehicle that can help us rediscover what it means to be a movement again.

What is super clear for the Alliance is that unless we continue to plant viable churches in the US our efforts around the world will seriously decline as many of our existing churches are in the later stages of their life cycle.

Northwest Church Planting (NWCP) is the multiplication arm of the Alliance NW. NWCP provides the relationships and resources you and your Network need to be effective in engaging your church in church planting.  This month we’re joining arms with the larger US Alliance family to focus on church planting:

Here is list of 10 ways you can engage your church and encourage a church planting missionary. Below are the current Alliance NW churches being planted by region, along with links to contact them.

Two of our church planters, Bill Creutzberg and Matthew Erikson.

 

Oregon

Journey Roseburg – Pastor Jeff and Sharon Paschall – Roseburg, OR

After a long season of building a core team, Journey Roseburg launched on 9/11/16. Already 140ish people are attending two services. The new work is attracting many who are curious to investigate faith in Christ for the first time. The Southern Oregon Network is planting Journey Roseburg.

The Living Room – Pastor Dan and Ashley Gregory – Central Point, OR

This plant is in the core team development stage and is growing as people are standing up to follow Jesus as missionaries in their local context. The Southern Oregon Network is planting The Living Room.

One Life – Pastor Paul and Kristina Boehlke – The Dalles, OR

One Life is in the core development stage and using a missional model to grow their core. The church just added a key partner in a worship leader and is looking forward to starting Sunday gatherings. The Portland Metro Network and Hood River Alliance are planting One Life.

Washington

Filipino American Worship Center – Pastor Romualdo and Mary Jane Sente – Arlington, WA

The plant held a “soft launch” last Easter and is being hosted by Smokey Point Community Church. The North Sound Network is planting this church.

The Grove – Pastor Jon and Susan Donohue – Kelso, WA

As of July, The Grove is a campus of East Hills. They have purchased and are now in a permanent facility. The campus is seeing good growth!

Hope Church – Pastor Matthew and Stephanie Erikson – Oak Harbor, WA

Hope Church is developing from a “missional incarnational” model with two communities and an additional one in the wings. Matthew is bi-vocational. The Island Church and the North Puget Network are planting Hope Church.

House of the Living God – Pastor Yared and Netsanet Enderias – Seattle, WA

House of the Living God is a church plant reaching the Ethiopian population in Seattle, WA and the surrounding neighborhoods. The Seattle Network has come alongside this church in its planting stage.

New Ground – Pastor Bill and Christy Creutzberg – Clarkston, WA  

A new Network of churches in eastern Washington and Idaho are planting in Clarkston, WA. Bill is being sent out from CrossPoint in Lewiston, ID.

Sozo – Pastor Brett and Kerry Latin – Puyallup, WA

Sozo is also being established through a “missional incarnational” model. Brett, who’s bi-vocational, has established two missional communities that meet weekly and then gather together once a month to worship, learn, and celebrate. Sozo is with the developing South Sound Network.