Monday, June 01, 2009

God's Calling

Tonight at the congregational meeting, those of you in attendance heard that Carrie and I are accepting what we believe to be the call of God to plant a church in a little over a year (June 2010) with the Acts 29 network.

This calling stems from a growing heart to be part of, not only planting a church, but of planting a missional church that is committed to spreading the Gospel through the ongoing process of planting new churches. This vision for being part of a “movement of the Gospel” stems from a growing conviction from God and His Word and a growing love for His church. This growth has lead Carrie and I to pray and deeply ponder how it is God would uniquely use us in His mission to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

I am presently in the process of undergoing assessment with the Acts 29 network, which is a network of churches with the goal of planting 1000 churches, both locally and globally, in the next 10 years. We are presently setting our sites on Madison, Wisconsin as an optimum church plant location.

This next year will be a busy one as I work to...

  • Develop transition plans with those of you serving in the Worship and Arts ministry
  • Help Jeff and the elders in the search for a new Pastor of Worship and Music
  • Serve as a member of the building committee as we undergo a master planning process for our future facility relocation

Please be praying as we work with the elders in upcoming months to confirm the various details of this planting vision. We are thankful to be part of a church that not only shares our vision for Gospel expansion, but has also patiently loved us as we have grown through the various successes and failures that often come with ministry. In the last 10+ years of ministry God has used you all to form and shape us in ways that leave us humbled and immensely grateful.


James said...

Whoa . . .

Anonymous said...

What an exciting adventure! I can't wait to see what God has in store for you!

Andrew and Makenna said...

What a great ministry you have provided us! We are so grateful and will be praying for your new adventures.

The first time I came to Parkview, it was your welcoming face and evident joy that brought me back through the doors the following week, so thank you Scott!

Let us know if we can be of any help in next year and the future.


julieH said...

Wow, that is awesome! I can't wait to see the fruit of your new endeavor... You guys are going to do great things. :-)

Rachel said...

Yeah, I just talked to God and He told me that you need to head over to Indianola to start your church :)

That is very exciting news!

Scott Sterner said...

Hey All. We are very sad at the thought of leaving this place and these people that we love so much, but we are also trusting that this step of faith is God's best for us.

In the mean time we are looking forward to having a fun year with our friends in Iowa City.

Rachel. God actually told me that Kedron needs to apply for jobs at UW Madison. :)

Rachel said...

(this is me chuckling at your comment Scott :)