We are excited to announce that we are moving to New Orleans in late July to work with a new church plant. We are beyond excited as this has been something on our minds for the past four years and God has graciously opened a door for us.
In May of 2017, I (Mike) went to New Orleans for a work conference, and instantly I knew I wanted to be part of church planting and ministry there. As much as Mike loved the city it was clear at that time that ministry in New Orleans was not in the cards however the desire did not diminish but grew. Four years later we took another family vacation to the city. It was not with the plan to see about moving, although that was partially there, mainly it was just a getaway. This time the outcome was different. God opened a door for ministry with new friendships and a fresh passion to serve the city.
New Orleans is not just a city or an area but a way of life. Church cannot just be a Sunday gathering but a way of life that integrates the Gospel into the everyday. Our prayer and desire are to bring the Gospel into everyday living and let the joy, passion, and love of Christ overwhelm people. New Orleans is a NAMB Send city which helps show just how important and strategic it is to reach this great city.
What will we be doing? The church we are working with, Family Church, is (re)launching this Fall and Mike will be working as the Associate Pastor focusing on small groups, administration, organization, and multiplication. This will be a one-year position while we learn about the city, the people, and how to best integrate ourselves and the Gospel into New Orleans. After that, we will go out and plant a new church that plants churches in a rapid and healthy way to reach our city. The church being a new church that is re-launching is able to provide a modest salary, but we need to raise an additional $3000 a month. We are praying, seeking, and believing for 30 families who can support us at $100 a month to reach New Orleans. We have one family who has decided to join us in financial support and a few more who are looking at what they can do. We are very excited and grateful for all the love, prayers, and support.
Mike, Julie, and Gracie.