Stories from around the network...
God thinks food is a good thing. So does Ronnie Martin. Each week, after Sunday services, Ronnie invites those present to a feast, something he’s been doing since the day he planted Substance Church. According to Ronnie, the Sunday feast at Substance isn’t anything extravagant, but it does represent something bigger than itself. It serves as a window into a new world, a new kingdom. The meal is a tangible occasion for welcoming one another in hospitality, extending generous grace, and fostering true community.
This intrigued me, so I asked Ronnie to explain a bit about why he’s woven this practice into the rhythm of Substance. This is that conversation.
We have a new padlock on the gate to our church building in downtown Birmingham. The old one was somehow misplaced, and that, in large part, was what led to our 24’ trailer getting stolen just two days before we were set to launch services in our new facility. That may not seem like such a big deal (that’s what insurance is for, right?), but the problem was that all of our sound and kids equipment had yet to be moved into the building from said trailer, meaning that we had less than 48 hours to come up with a lot of stuff or launch Sunday was a no-go!
As part of our mission to help pastors plant churches that last, we've asked Jeremiah Taylor, the lead pastor of Redemption Church Miami, to share his reflections on the video below. This video was filmed two years ago, after he and his wife Lauren moved to Miami to plant a gospel-centered church in the community of Little Haiti. They knew practically no one upon arriving, but since that time, God has brought many people into their path who also want to see a church planted in the inner-city!
In this Sojourn Story, Brandon Shields, Lead Pastor of Soma Indy, shares a bit about the start of Soma Church, what drew him to a partnership with Sojourn Network, and how they are seeking to be a faithful, gospel presence in Indianapolis.
We love sharing encouraging stories and updates from around our network. Here's a recent one from Everett, Washington!
This past Sunday in Birmingham, Alabama one of our network churches (Immanuel Church) was set to move into their new gathering space. Opening the doors to a new gathering space is always an exciting time for a church; unfortunately for Immanuel, when they showed up to the space the day before the launch they discovered something different.