New Planter Spotlight: Isaac Frere

 
Isaac Frere

Isaac Frere

 
 

Isaac Frere IS THE HEAD PASTOR FOR The Font Church an online church, meeting in public places in cities all over the country. WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH HIM AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY BEGINNING IN 2019.

How have you seen God working in your life?

My story is one who was near the church but far from Christ. Chasing life’s fleeting pleasures in search of fulfillment led to my discovery that there was none without Christ. Choosing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, led to a journey of discovering the many dimensions of a life in submission to Christ. I have learned what true obedience looks like. God has revealed His faithfulness in every aspect of my life. He has shown me that I take no credit for all He has done in my life. His grace has sustained by marriage, kept my family, empowered me to preach the gospel, and has guided me into planting The Font. God has revealed the sufficiency of His grace and has given me the boldness to trust in Him. God is teaching me to find rest in Him and has revealed how strong He can be in all my weaknesses and shortcomings.

How have you seen God working in your family?

The decision to plant a church has been a family affair. Vanessa has been more than a nurturing supporter. She has been a catalyst in praying for the church serving in our primary coordinator of our outreach initiatives. Her faith in what God has called us to do has encouraged me in ways that words fail to properly describe. She is the backbone of our family and is life partner in this new season that God has called us in.

How have you seen God working in your church?

The story of The Font is a story of divinely ordered series of responses to unexpected needs and events. I, along with a group of young creatives, passionate about Jesus, developed a burning desire to reach the people we had yet to see in our church. We had no intentions of launching a church. We were dreaming about a ministry that would meet them where they were. 

Four years ago we launched The Font TV, a ministry that would proclaim the gospel using online and social technology. Not long after we saw the need for community and launched online small groups. These groups grew into coffee shop meetings around the city on faith and life. As the groups grew, our desire for city renewal grew. But we knew we need a community on mission to do it. 

The Font was born and we haven’t looked back since. God has been gracious to us. The church continues to grow with a vibrant group of passionate people who desire to see God’s kingdom in South Florida.

Church Mission & Vision

The Font exists to bring faith to life; to see those who are far from Christ actively become like Him

If you would like to know more about Isaac and The Font check out their website at www.thefont.church.

New Planter Spotlight: Jeremy Kemp

The Kemp Family

The Kemp Family

Jeremy Kemp

Jeremy Kemp

Jeremy Kemp IS THE HEAD PASTOR FOR Good Shepherd Church IN Lakeland, Florida. WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH HIM AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY BEGINNING IN 2018.

How have you seen God working in your life?

It was not always my life's goal to plant a church believe it or not. I can look back and see God's writing throughout my story. Many facets of who I am as a pastor have been a kind placement of circumstances orchestrated by God. I discovered the need to have fun while truly listening , befriending , and leading others to Christ in my time being a Youth Pastor. At our mother church CCPC I learned to lead being detail oriented and reliant on the Lord from the pastoral leadership there.. And being a father always shows me where I lack, how abundant my sin is, and how much I need Christ. After these many opportunities for refinement what God has for me daily now, is all that amplified. I wish to be the best, most dependable, listener, friend, father, and pastor which brings me to my knees begging my eternal father for the strength to lean on him and give his gospel proper representation.

How have you seen God working in your family?

My wife, Sarah she was made for this. She has always been a gifted teacher and extends herself to others so easily. As we planned this church, I knew I would not want to do this journey without her gifts. I believe I have seen her grow even more than I thought possible. She leads well delegates effortlessly, but most of all she calls others to Christ's love just by her spirit. As far as our children I felt when we began ,what a wonderful story for them, they are all 8 and under, and they get to plant a church. They will be eyewitnesses all through their childhood to " look what our heavenly Father did today". My favorite story so far is coming to work on Monday and finding my 5 year old had written his own prayer request. From the writing and the message " God help me" , I knew it was purely of his own volition. My heart was filled right there I knew this is exactly where I want my kids. Seeing God work and depending on his grace for us.

How have you seen God working in your church?

It amazes me to consider what Good Shepherd has become. We began as a few families driven to see where God would lead us. And now this great work takes place week in and week out. I felt excited and passionate to start a church, but I am astonished and so grateful that my church family,they feel it as well. They have owned this journey as their very own. Along the way we have learned planting a church is hard. It pushes you to arms of the Father. But we have already seen it is not a labor in vain. As a church family we are praying for growth and depth in our relationships. We have still at the center of our worship a goal to reach the community we reside in with Christ. Each Sunday I stand in front of people who heard a call and came alongside me to see God more fully. I feel privileged and a little overwhelmed at times. I feel this family yearns for a wonderful counselor, good good father, and rescuer of souls, my prayer is that I lead them to his feet.

Church Mission & Vision

We are on a mission to reach the 80% of the population in our home zip code that do not have the gospel. Our actions are to intentionally draw persons to Christ through the way we live, work, and play. We want to be good neighbors, co-workers, friends, and parents. The gospel is so very appealing and quenching to those in need of shelter and protection from this sinful world. My dream in five years is that we will be a well known community resource, because we will have extended our hands and open our doors to our community. The feel of our church is loving and fun and spans from college age to grandparents. My desire is that only solidifies over the next several years. Already I have seen individuals that are giving their gifts to God's cause, and the expectation is that just increases more and more. What was a glimmer of hope is now our reality each week. Our prayer is that we provide a glimmer of hope to others by providing the gospel.

If you would like to know more about Jeremy and Good Shepard Church check out their website at www.gsclakeland.org.

New Planter Spotlight: Cam Abbott

The Abbott Family

The Abbott Family

Cam Abbott

Cam Abbott

Cam Abbott IS THE HEAD PASTOR FOR The Compass Church - South IN Saskatchewan, Canada. WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH HIM AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY BEGINNING IN 2018.

How have you seen God working in your life?

Over the past two years that we have been doing the ground work for this church plant, it seems that over and over again Jesus is continually pulling idols out of my hands. I have spent a lot of time journaling through this experience in church planting and working through emotions and different experiences. What I am learning is that Jesus really does want my whole devotion and I have experienced so much refining in my own life. I have been so challenged in my faith and the motives of why I even want to church plant. The layers and hidden agenda keep getting exposed and by God's grace he is moulding me into a man who will reflect Jesus and be faithful to what He has called me to do.

How have you seen God working in your family?

We have been a part of planting two other churches. One as part of the core team, the next on the leadership team and now in as the lead couple. You always anticipate that it will be hard on your family and good intentions can really only go so far. I have been learning that no one else will fight for our family time and for Sam and I to work on having a thriving healthy marriage. In the past 6 months, we have started a weekly date night on Monday night. No matter what is going on or what crisis, we never skip that night for us. Church planting has challenged us in how we view our home. At times, we've viewed it as a place of retreat and yet it's the place where we regularly host and have people to stay with us. We are learning through our church planting experience what it means to hold that balance and as a family do ministry together.

How have you seen God working in your church?

Our team is learning more about the sovereignty of God in His mission and really about God's heart for this community. At times, thoughts can pop up, "We're being so faithful" and yet I am watching our team really recognize that Jesus is infinitely more committed to reaching this community than we are. We have a handful of unchurched people journeying with our team, which is so exciting! It's in these moments where what you are trusting in to see the gospel planted in the community is exposed. The voice in my head wrongly says, "That if I just preached better sermons..." or our team says, "If we just did better community engagement, etc. then we would see these people come to faith." We are learning to a deeper degree that this is God's mission and he is control. Our call is to be faithful and the Holy Spirit will work through us and sometimes despite us to see our community changed by Jesus. So thankful to be learning with this family! 

Church Mission & Vision

We exist to point people to Jesus:
by making disciples who know, live and advance the gospel. 

By God's grace, we will see the community of Harbour Landing changed as those who do not know Jesus come to know him. 

Our community is extremely diverse. To give you a picture, our elementary school has 23 different nationalities speaking 29 different languages. To be a church that reflects the community, we will need to work through the mountain of complexities of being a multi-ethnic church. 

Our vision to plant a sending church. By God's grace, we will be a church that plants churches and in the next 5 years, send out a team to take the gospel to an unreached area of our city.

If you would like to know more about Cam and The Compass Church - South check out their website at www.compassregina.com/south.

New Planter Spotlight: Danny Slavich

The Slavich Family

The Slavich Family

Danny Slavich

Danny Slavich

Danny Slavich IS THE HEAD PASTOR FOR Cross United Church IN Lighthouse Point. WE ARE HONORED TO PARTNER WITH HIM AND THE CHURCH COMMUNITY BEGINNING IN 2018.

How have you seen God working in your life?

One of the kindest things God has done for me in recent months is forcing me to embrace more actually, functionally and existentially what I confess to believe about him. The character and conduct of God for me in Christ has become oxygen in a profound way. Planting a church comes with a built-in temptation to want to impress other people and somehow “prove myself.” It’s also a fairly “risky” venture. This means that I have been battling both pride and fear about my identity (can I do this?), my reputation (what will people think of me?), and my security (what if we lose everything?). But God has graciously been reminding me that I am united to Christ by faith. And therefore his word to me is, “My Beloved with whom I am well-pleased. You are not what you do, and you have nothing to prove. You are not what people think or say, and you have no one to impress. You are not what you have, and you have nothing to lose.” In other words, God has used the pressures of planting a church to accelerate his sanctifying work, the process of me actually “getting” the gospel.

How have you seen God working in your family?

My wife, Laura, and I were anticipating the pressure of planting a church upon our family in all the “expected” ways: financial, emotional, relational, and spiritual. Planting a church has definitely strained us in these ways, but it has also provided unexpected and beautiful ways to deepen our trust in God together in all of them as well. It has provided opportunities for us to work together in ministry like never before, trusting and serving God, tasting our desperation for his goodness and provision. Likewise, our kids get to see God provide people and partners “in real time,” directly answering prayers they have prayed. Every morning, they pray with us at 10:02 a.m. from Luke 10:2, “Lord, the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few, please raise up co-laborers for your harvest.” When we meet a new family willing to join the mission, they see the Lord answering their prayers. When we get word that a financial partner we've been praying for has committed to partnering with us, they rejoice in God's provision. What could be more thrilling than seeing the character and ways of God for us in Christ coming to life before their eyes?

How have you seen God working in your church?

Planting a church has been a strong reminder that this is God's work! One verse that has encouraged our team is 2 Samuel 7:10, "I will designate a place for my people Israel and plant them, so that they may live there and not be disturbed again." Here, in the LORD's promise to David, ultimately fulfilled in and for Jesus Christ, we see foreshadowed the promise of Jesus himself: "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:10). Jesus has been meeting us on the frontline of his mission, what Lesslie Newbigin called, "that frontier between the kingdom of God and the usurped power of the evil one." We have been seeing Jesus show up--in the lives of people, in providential connections and provision, in a group of people start to become a family of faith. The sheer depth of our need for him to show up is a beautiful opportunity to trust him and know his presence.

Church Mission & Vision

God created us to experience fullness of life. Jesus said, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). We believe that we find life like God intended at the intersection of relationships and mission. Cross United Church is committed to helping people find life like God intended by bringing people to God and bringing people together through the cross of Jesus Christ. When we are connected to God in worship, connected to others in community, and engaged in a meaningful mission in the world, we experience joyful and abundant life.

Northeast Broward County, Florida (Lighthouse Point/Deerfield Beach) is a densely populated, ethnically and economically diverse community. Well over 65,000 people inhabit our target area (approximately 2 miles east-west by 4 miles north-south), centered at Sample Road and N. Federal Highway. The east side of Federal Highway (closer to the ocean) tends to be more Anglo and wealthier. The west side tends to be more ethnically diverse (Anglo, Haitian, Latino, African-American) and economically diverse. We long to see “both sides” of Federal highway brought to God and brought together through the cross of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to learn more about Cross United Church please visit their website at www.crossunited.org.

Valveng Presbyterian Church

We have partnered with Khen Tombing for many years helping to spread God's Kingdom in India. In early 2018 we were able to provide funds for the construction of Valveng Presbyterian Church in Manipur, India.

Construction started on February 1, 2018 and the tentative date for dedication of the building is May 27, 2018.

Khen asks that we pray the Lord will add new believers daily and that they will be able to complete the church building on time as scheduled. 

Ground breaking and inauguration of Valveng Presbyterian Church construction

Ground breaking and inauguration of Valveng Presbyterian Church construction

Laying of foundation for Valveng Presbyterian Church building construction

Valveng Presbyterian Church building construction in progress