Jack Brown, executive director of Grow New England Church Planting Ministries, recently sent this update. Grow New England is focused on planting Charis Fellowship congregations in the northeast.
On Sunday October 13 it will be four years since we began meeting in Danvers MA. On December 31, 2019, Dana Moore, our lead pastor at our campus in Essex will officially retire from his ministry at NSBC. He has served God and this congregation faithfully as an elder for the past 19 years and as the lead pastor of Essex for the past five years. Times of transition are good times for evaluation and re-envisioning the direction of an organization or in this case a ministry, a church. Our desire is to be a church made up of followers of Jesus Christ, who are being disciples who make disciples because we love God and we love people.
Matthew 12:30: Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does gather with Me scatters.” Who are you gathering to Jesus? You don’t have to be a theological expert. You don’t have to have all the answers. But Jesus is clear in this passage if you are not gathering with Jesus you are scattering.
Are you gathering with Jesus? Share your experience. Share what you know. Share your hope. Bring a friend.
It is exciting to be a part of what God is doing in this region. I want to thank you for your partnership. I also want to ask you to prayerfully consider how you can be involved in the ministry of church planting in New England.
- We need prayer partners. Will you commit to pray with us for the advancement of the gospel in New England?
- We need financial partners. Would you consider giving to the advancement of the gospel in New England?
- We need laborers. Would you consider coming to serve in New England?
I would ask that you pray for the ministries of Grow New England and North Shore Bible Church as we make transitions this year. As we evaluate and re-envision the work God has called us to on Boston’s north shore.
Also, pray for me as I head out on a fairly lengthy road trip on October 19th. I will be covering a lot of ground and visiting with a lot of people from PA to MD to OH and on to IN. I look forward to being with the folks at Lehigh Valley GBC, Bethlehem PA on October 20th and worshipping with the folks at Winona Lake GBC, Winona Lake IN on October 27th. Thank you for praying