We have been given the unique opportunity to patiently pray for and seek out men and women that might share this vision to be a church that lives as the family of God, sent by the Spirit to make disciples of Jesus. The last thing we want is to create for ourselves an unnecessary and dangerous temptation to plow ahead and build a miniature kingdom out of The Parish Church. We couldn't be more excited to see who the Lord brings to partner with us and the many people that we'll get to love and serve in our cities as we aim to show and share the gospel of grace with all of our lives.
We're thankful to God to be planting both out of and alongside Anthem Church. Through that process, he's blessed us with the opportunity to serve and lead an MC that meets in Novato, CA and it's been a great season of growth, incubation, and preparation. Serving alongside our brothers and sisters in Novato has given us the unique opportunity to both be part of a family and simultaneously call others to partner with us in planting The Parish Church in Petaluma.
Those that have felt the call to do so make up our Core Team. They are individuals and families that have excitedly joined to see the gospel of Christ saturate our lives and our cities so that every man, woman, and child has a daily encounter with Jesus. This is no small commitment but it one we choose to make by living as a family of servant missionaries.
MC IN PETALUMA
The next step is for our Core Team to launch The Parish Church's inaugural Missional Community in Petaluma (LATE SPRING 2017). As an MC, we'll grow as a family of servant missionaries aimed at making disciples who make disciples. This could be a slow process, or a quick one. Regardless, we know that the Spirit will move in and through us in putting the gospel of grace on full display for our neighbors and city to see. As this growth happens, we'll get to a point where multiplication makes sense, and when it does... A new Missional Community will be launched (Goal of EARLY 2018).
When we have two MC's, the necessity for a Sunday Morning Gathering presents itself (Goal of EASTER 2018). Through this Sunday Morning Gathering we'll be able to gather as a whole church to celebrate what the Lord is doing. At this point, The Parish Church will be ready to be commissioned and sent off from Anthem Church and will become autonomous. We hope and pray that the Lord continues to give us influence and favor in our city as we aim to keep making and maturing disciples through MC's.