:: The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) is a call to make disciples. As we continue Jesus' mission in the power of the Holy Spirit, God adds to His people those who are being saved (Acts 2:42-47). Developing Kingdom leaders to live on mission results in new Gospel communities. In other words, church planting is the fruit of faithfulness to the Great Commission.
:: Our church planting strategy is drawn from the apostolic work in the early church, as well as the Celtic evangelism style of the late 4th and 5th century. The key and centerpiece of this expression of the Great Commission was to form apostolic bands of 12-15 leaders who would incarnate the Gospel among a particular people in a particular area. As these leaders shared their lives and the Gospel, they would establish abbeys as "mission staging platforms" to develop more Kingdom leaders to live on mission and start new Gospel communities in other places. The abbeys founded by Patrick and his apostolic bands served as centers of culture, learning, trade, and the arts, as well as the Christian faith. They became the heart of being the church.
:: San Antonio is a very large and diverse city. We need more Kingdom leaders with a wide range of calling and gifting in order to contextualize the Gospel among the numerous different "people groups" across the city.
:: If you're interested in planting a church, we highly encourage you to find a local church that's ready and willing to prepare you. Grace's Church Planting Residency is a minimum two-year program designed to equip aspiring church planters with theological training, leadership development, hands on ministry experience, and leadership coaching.
:: For more information, check out our MIssional Residency.