Our latest Quarterly Snapshot (Issue 15), includes updates from church planters working in the New York City region, Hong Kong and Lagos. Please join us in praying for these leaders, their congregations and their cities in the following ways:
One of the changes I’ve made is transitioning Doug Thorson to a Senior Director, Partner Engagement role on our Advancement Team, and I’ve asked him in the interim to lead our Marketing & Communications Team. Doug is the ultimate team player and has worked with great humility in transitioning into this new position. He has been essential in the onboarding of our new Vice President of Advancement, Clay Cook.
On October 4, approximately 16 church planters and four global trainers will be arriving in New York City for this year's International Intensive. The exact attendees are still being confirmed, but it looks like they'll be coming from 12 different countries. They'll stay here for 2.5 weeks and receive training that is specifically designed to train the participants in the skills needed for planting and sustaining urban churches. They'll build relationships with the other planters and global trainers, and these relationships will prove to be lifelines for them in the hard and often lonely journey of a church planter.
Here's how you can pray for the upcoming International Intensive:
- Pray for the 16 church planters and 4 trainers from 12 different countries who are attending the 2.5 week City to City International Intensive.
- Pray for their time in the training sessions and for fruitful conversations and discussion for each day’s training.
- Pray for the speakers, organizers and others who make the International Intensive possible.
It can get a bit overwhelming. Louis says, “When we get discouraged, we sense God asking, ‘Will you trust me? I’ve promised to build my church. You’re doing your part. Will you trust me to do the rest?’ And then I remind myself that this is not me building the church. It’s God. Church planting is really hard, but we have 100% confidence that we are doing the right thing.”