A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post with a big update about our church plant. If you missed it, you can read it by clicking here. As I mentioned in that post, we are moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana this summer to plant a new church with Pine Hills Church. The tentative launch date for the new church plant is Sunday, November 13. Between now and then, there is a lot of work to do!
The first step for us is developing a TAP (Target Analysis Process) Team.
My church planting coach, Jay Nickless, always says there are three things you have to get right in order to successfully plant a church. The right planter, the right plan, and the right place. The purpose of the TAP team is to help identify the right place. This team will be considering, researching, and exploring different communities in and around the greater Fort Wayne area to plant a new church.
Before I go any further, let me preface this by saying that the entire process will be extremely prayerful and led by the Holy Spirit. The truth is that God already knows exactly where this church plant is going to be located. Our job is to ask the right questions, listen, and discern where he is leading us.
With that said, there are three main things we are looking for as a TAP team.
As we consider these communities, we want to explore how saturated they are with churches and church plants. The goal is to find an area that is not overly saturated, where there is a need for a new church in the community. There are lots of questions to ask and lots of research to be done in order to answer this question of saturation.
Another big consideration is how receptive the communities are to a new church plant. Sticking with the "planting" metaphor, the best place to plant is where the soil is fertile. Some communities may have soil that still needs plowed before it can be planted. It may not yet be ready for a new church plant. So we are looking for a community that is receptive, where the soil is ready to be planted.
The last consideration is how compatible the communities are to the planter and the planting team. The community can be ripe, but still not be a good match for that planter or group of people. In that case, it may mean that God is leading someone else who is more compatible to plant a new church there. Our goal is to find a place where we will be able to have the greatest kingdom impact based off of how God has gifted us and wired us.
Here's where you come in to the picture...
1. Join our TAP team.
We can't do this alone. I believe that God is stirring in the hearts of some people right now to come join our TAP team. If you live in the Fort Wayne area and you have any interest in being a part of this short term team (6-8 weeks), I want to invite you to an informational meeting this Sunday, May 15 at 9am at Pine Hills Church. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the blog below and I'll get back to you ASAP.
2. Pray for our TAP team.
As I mentioned before, this whole process needs to be covered in prayer. I know that a lot of people reading this don't live in the Fort Wayne area. But that can't keep you from praying for us. I'd ask you to specifically pray for discernment for our church plant location over the next couple of months.
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