Church Plant Announcement
As elders, it is with great excitement that we share God’s clear direction and answered prayers with you today. Over the past year, God has clearly directed our team that now is the time to plant a church. During this process, we as Elders have also confidently identified Bryan Raught to serve as Lead Elder/Pastor of our new plant.
Although many details are still being worked out, we are committed to starting this amazing journey forward as a church. The Boyertown and surrounding area will be the target location for our plant. Although we are not committed to a specific timeline, it is our desire to pursue this process with fervency over the months ahead. On this journey, we will diligently ask God to lead us through each mile-marker along the way (prayer guide below). During this process, the current Elder team of UPCC will be overseeing the leadership for the new plant. It is our desire that our new church plant become a fully-functioning autonomous church; however, just like a new born baby, we want to delicately care for its needs as it matures. Although the plant will inevitably take on its own identity, we are excited for the opportunity to replicate the model and culture of ministry we have sought to establish here at UPCC. As already reflected in our budget for this year, we are also committed financially to supporting this new endeavor until it is no longer necessary.
Why now? Why a church plant at all? These are often questions that accompany a decision like this. As Elders, there are two primary reasons we believe the time to plant is now. First, church planting is very biblical. We are excited for the amazing opportunity we have to follow the New Testament example of churches reproducing themselves for the sake of the Gospel. We know that this journey together will stretch every member of UPCC, but we step out in faithful obedience because God has promised to build His church!
Our second reason for planting is philosophical. Our philosophy from the beginning has been built on developing a relational model for the purpose of discipleship. Our desire is that we maintain a smaller church model where our true passions can be best lived out in community. As God continues to grow our ministry here at UPCC now and in the future, our vision is to plant other churches, who plant other churches who are passionate about evangelism and discipleship.
As we begin this journey, we will be sharing more in the weeks and months ahead and will also be hosting informational meetings to give details. Also, please feel free to reach out to any of our Elders as you have questions. We must stay vigilant and unified; Satan does not take lightly the advancement of Christ’s church. Most importantly, we must be fervent in prayer as we all evaluate our individual roles in the amazing mission God has us on together. To God be the Glory, great things He has done and will do!
By faith and with great anticipation,
UPCC Elder Team
JOIN US IN PRAYER
“Mile-Markers” on Our Journey
God we pray that you . . .
1. give clear direction for future staffing at UPCC.
2. raise up 50 people who are clearly called to go to our new plant.
3. raise up new leadership for our Boyertown plant and new Elders and Deacons at UPCC.
4. direct us to the perfect church location in the Boyertown region.
5. will continue to provide financially for our ministry in this endeavor.