As our tenth-anniversary approaches, this month I am going to share with you some of our history as we were getting started and up and running as a church.
In 2009 God called me to begin the process of planting this church. Part of that process was to go back to school, so I enrolled at Northwestern Bible College (now University of Northwestern, St. Paul) in the biblical studies/theology program, and at the same time began putting together small groups. Becky and I ran and developed small groups from the fall of 2009 until we launched weekly public services.
In January of 2012, we began having launch team meetings once a month to build a team for the sole purpose of launching this church. We had the first meeting in our home with 32 people in attendance. It was apparent that our space was too small, so the rest of the monthly launch team meetings were held at the Eureka Town Hall.
In the summer of 2012, we rented the Eureka Town Hall for four Sundays. One Sunday in May, June, July, and August respectively. Between those Sundays, we also had a few services at my home in the yard. It became apparent as fall approached that the town hall was not going to fit our needs, so in August we began to search for another place to meet.
As you surely know, it takes stuff and money to make a church work, and we had very little of both, but God provided. A church associated with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches from Ohio contacted me and offered to give us a trailer full of equipment. And, they also had it painted with our logo on the side. So we went from having virtually nothing to having a church in a box so to speak. Everything that we needed to have a public service and more was in that trailer, with the exception of a sound system. The church in a box did not come with a sound system, but God was not finished yet. Sometime before our preview services began (I can’t remember exactly when), God provided us with a sound system. The River Church in Farmington was closing its doors, and we were called to go pick up the equipment that was left behind, including a sound system! Once again God provided exactly what we needed when we needed it.
There were of course a lot of attacks and setbacks as the date approached for our public launch, but by the grace of God, we prevailed. God has provided and protected this church from its inception. He is indeed a great God! More to come next month.
Forever In His Grip,