Jack Brown, pastor of North Shore Bible Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Essex, Mass., serves as executive director of Grow New England, the Grace Brethren church planting ministry in New England. He recently sent an update that includes news of a new congregation in Danvers, Mass. A portion of his update appears below:
… On February 1st not only did the Patriots win the Super Bowl but we had an exciting meeting with the congregation at North Shore Bible Church Essex to talk about more of the specifics of our new church plant in Danvers, Mass. There is great anticipation to the launch of this new work in the fall of this year.
We also had our first Danvers’ core group meeting in February although it was delayed a week because of snow… but we had 19 in attendance. The excitement and ideas generated by this group were great. We are looking forward to a soft start in the fall with a public launch during the month of December leading up to Christmas. …
Another piece of exciting news, this past Sunday we extended the call to Phil and Emily Shearer to join our ministry at NSBC Essex with Phil filling the position of Associate Pastor. The Shearer’s have accepted our call and we are looking forward to them joining the team on June 1st.
One of the things we have been working on since our Danvers’ core group meeting is estimated start-up costs for the ministry in Danvers. We are hoping to raise this money to minimize the burden on our current ministries. Our estimated start-up costs is $45,000 which includes the first year’s rent. I would ask you to prayerfully consider how you might be involved.
We are very excited about various outreach opportunities that are before us in both Essex and Danvers. Please pray that we would be faithful with the Gospel Message to this very needy area of our country!
How can you help?
- Pray for us
- Tell people about Grow New England
- Organize a short-term mission team to come and serve with us.
- Give. There are many worthy organizations in need of financial support. I would ask that you prayerfully consider Grow New England.