The Good Shepherd Church Blog

Why Church Planting?-Part 2

October 9, 2016

In the previous post, we looked at why church planting is important and why we should support church plants. The reality is that the future of the church is dependent upon the establishment and continuation of church plants. There are several reasons for this. In the majority of the New Testament, Paul and the other apostles wrote letters to new churches. For instance, in 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses various groups of believers in the city of Corinth which existed after Christ's earthly ministry. In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissioned the apostles to spread the gospel to the Roman world. This commission started a chain reaction which revolutionized the empire. Their letters were and are incredibly influential in the lives of believers both in the first century church and in the church today.

 

Follow the Leader
We must follow the model of the early apostles in the establishing and nurturing of church plants. One reason for this is it is commanded in the Bible. From the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20 and Acts 1:8, Jesus commands us, not just the apostles, to spread the Gospel to the world-the message of Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 1:23). Our method is evangelism, which includes both living for Christ and speaking of Christ to those who are spiritually dead. God uses the means of our evangelism to bring salvation to those who are spiritually lost. This is also the motivation for missions. Our world is spiritually lost, morally depraved and in desperate need of a Savior. Jesus is the only means of salvation (John 14:6). When the lost are saved, we have the obligation to plug them into existing churches. Where there are no churches present we are commanded to establish them. How else will new believers grow in their faith? Not every Christian is called to church planting. But every Christian is called to reach people with the Gospel. One sure way to reach the lost is supporting church plants. As mentioned in the previous post, there are different types of church plants: a brand-new church plant, an extension of an existing church, and a dying church being revitalized. Every church, no matter how big or small, can be involved in church planting. 


Here are several reasons why to support church planting:

It is the natural byproduct of The Great Commission.

 

It is the future of the church.

 

It gives hope to existing churches.

 

It empowers local and international missions, reaching people where they are.

 

And finally, it revives dying churches.

 

Reflection question:
Are you investing in church planting? If not, why not?


Get involved today! Reach out to local plant pastors and begin praying for and supporting them. Here is a link to my church’s website, The Good Shepherd Church, a new church plant. Contact me or Pastor Brad Nally about getting involved with our ministry.

 

Considering becoming a church planter? Here is a great article on qualifications to become one:
https://www.namb.net/send-network-blog/qualifications-for-a-church-planter-part-1

Why Church Planting?

September 12, 2016

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

 

Why Church Planting?

Church planting. What is church planting? Maybe you've never heard the term before or you have but are unsure of its meaning. This is a more recent term which simply means starting a new church. This can take different forms such as an existing church branching out to create an extension of itself, a "satellite campus." It can mean an existing, struggling church transforming into a new, vibrant body of believers, a revitalization. And finally, it can mean starting a church from scratch, brand new. This is the category that my church falls under, The Good Shepherd Church. Our church is a brand new church plant which began in January of this year. We are located on the south side of Indianapolis in the Stone Lake Lodge Apartment complex. Pastor Brad Nally, his wife Sky and Associate Pastor Steve Sering have seen God do amazing things while starting the church. We exist to see people come to Christ and grow into disciple-makers. Our identity is rooted in the gospel and this is the message that we preach-Jesus Christ saves. It has been a challenging but rewarding journey thus far. Starting a church from scratch is very hard work and involves much sacrifice on behalf of all participating. During our work with the Good Shepherd Church, we have experienced much growth but also much hardship. Many times, the number of people who show up to our services is far less than we expect and the outreach efforts we've done seem fruitless at times. But in these challenges God has humbled us to show that He is in control and that only He can build his church. And He has! We began meeting for morning worship services the second week of August. We will start meeting every week the first Sunday in October. God is moving. He is growing what He planted!

 

Why Support a Church Plant?

When Jesus sent out the apostles in Acts chapter 1, he gave them the message of the great commission to go and make disciples of all nations in Matthew 28:18-20. The followers were called to give up their very lives in order to spread a message that could cost them their lives. The mission was simple – spread the gospel. This is our mission at the Good Shepherd Church. We have seen God save lives and grow believers into Christ-like maturity. Why support church plants? The reason is because people who are far from Christ need the gospel and need to be reached where they are. Stone Lake Lodge desperately needs Jesus. We are bringing Him to the residents, as our church meets in the complex. Please consider joining us in our mission and becoming a ministry partner with us. You can do so in three ways-Pray, Participate and Provide. Pray for God to use us to build His kingdom and save lives in the complex. Participate in our services and outreach events. Provide financially to help us continue our mission to reach the lost. Why support our church plant? Because God is already using us to spread the gospel to the lost, one resident at a time.

 

Continue to check out our website and contact Pastor Brad to get involved.

 

Email pastor@tgschurchindy.com

Our First Worship Service

August 14th, 2016 

Last Sunday, August 14th, we had our first morning worship service with 30 people in attendance! This was a huge success for us as we look forward to reaching more people for Christ at Stone Lake Lodge. We had a mission team from West Shiloh Baptist Church donate several Bibles for us to use in our services and to give away to residents. Youth Pastor Josh Landers, who was a part of a mission team that served us several weeks ago, brought his family to worship with us.  Also Sky, Pastor Brad's wife, had several family members join us. They were also a huge blessing. Devon Bishop, Pastor Brad's friend helped Pastor Steve in leading worship. And finally, several Stone Lake Lodge residents attended our service. Pastor Brad gave a great message based on 1 Corinthians. He encouraged us to be unified as a body of Christ and to help one another grow. Overall, we had a powerful and uplifting service!

 

Join Our Mission

God is at work in our church. We continue to do weekly Bible studies and discipleship groups throughout the week. More residents are taking interest in our church and helping us make it grow. Please continue praying for us and consider becoming a ministry partner as we spread the gospel in the complex and to Indianapolis. Join our mission to reach the southside of Indianapolis for Christ. God bless!

 

Two Teams Serving Stone Lake

July 24th, 2016

 

The Good Shepherd Church was incredibly blessed to host incredibly blessed to host two different mission teams this past week. Members from Villa Baptist Church in Beech Grove hosted a 5 Day Club which drew around 15 students each day. A few children professed faith in Christ as they responded to gospel teaching. The team leading the club was amazing and their heart for the gospel and for reaching children was inspiring to us. The second mission team we worked with was from Hillside Community Church in Crown Point, Indiana. Youth Pastor Josh Landers, and Paula and Kristen Bright served our church in several different ways this week. First, they purchased school supplies and assembled packages for 60 students in our complex. They raised money from their own children's ministry to support us in our mission to reach the residents. Also, they helped us purchase 50 new chairs for our upcoming preview service on August 14! Finally, they ministered to a family in need showing incredible Christ-like servanthood. Their service to us refreshed us in our mission to reach Stone Lake Lodge for Christ. 

 

Ministry Partners

Both mission teams from Villa Baptist Church and Hillside Community Church served us with energy, humility and compassion this week. God is doing amazing things through our church and through other churches who have partnered with us in our ministry efforts. The recent baptism of Gina Reichert in the complex's outdoor pool has also strengthened us in our mission. Her public profession of faith and excitement for Christ has been infectious. Pray for us and consider partnering with us in ministry as we make disciples on the southside of Indianapolis for Christ.

 

Contact Us Today!

The Good Shepherd Church
4097 Creek Way Apt A
Indianapolis, IN 46227


Phone: 270-454-3309

pastor@tgschurchindy.com