Friends, we're hosting another of our Central Missouri Acts 29 luncheons on Monday, October 5th. We will gather at the Imago Gallery & Cultural Center downtown (1020 E. Broadway) at 11:30 a.m. Please grab a bag lunch from nearby (Seoul Taco next door is highly recommended!). Russ Pflasterer of Jackson, Tennessee will be teaching. His topic will be "Leading Your Church Toward Racial Reconciliation." All pastors, planters, and ministry leaders are welcome. Russ is the pastor of City Fellowship Baptist Church. He's put a ton of work in, and emphasis on, racial reconciliation there, and he has a lot of wisdom to share. Join us, and please help us spread the word.
Karis Church sponsors what we hope to be even more regular gatherings of church planters. Join us for the Central Missouri Acts 29 Luncheon on February 11th at 11:30 a.m. at Shakespeare's Pizza in downtown Columbia. These meetings are primarily for area church planters, but pastors, ministry leaders, and aspiring planters are also welcome. We will gather. We will fellowship. We will pray. In addition, this month, Josh Hedger will be joining us. He is the Director of the Midwestern Center for Church Planting & Partnership. He planted Freshwater Church in Bolivar, Missouri, and he's currently planting in Kansas City. Josh will be talking about "Five Things Not To Do When Planting A Church." Please RSVP to Billy Glosson here. The event is free. However, we encourage you to buy some slices of pizza at Shakespeare's while you're there.
A few weeks ago, my wife and I spent time with hundreds of church planters and their wives in Newport Beach, California at the annual Acts 29 Pastors' Retreat. It was a restful time in a beautiful part of the country. Amy and I had lots of time together. We spent some time with my cousin Kendra who lives nearby in Huntington Beach. My sister Krystal and her husband Chris (Redeemer, Bloomington) were at the retreat for the first time. We were blessed to fellowship with a number of pastors in situations just like ours. The program was also particularly encouraging. Mark Driscoll shared how we can be effective evangelistically in today's world. Darrin Patrick encouraged us to seek emotional and spiritual health. Eric Mason brought along his church's music team and preached for us, as well. Matt Chandler shared his "four hopes" for the network, encouraging us to plant churches that plant churches, be known for holiness and humility, become a radically diverse crowd, and be serious about evangelism and conversions.
Karis Church, we caught a wave back in 2007 when we joined Acts 29. It's amazing how much God has blessed the network. We remember well the days when the pastors and their wives filled up a small room. This year there were over 350 couples in attendance. God has been good. We have been equipped and encouraged so much by Acts 29. Karis has been blessed to be a part of this great network of churches that plant churches.