Brian, Steve, and I hanging out with Ed Stetzer!  (Click for more pics from the past few weeks)

Brian, Steve, and I hanging out with Ed Stetzer!
(Click for more pics from the past few weeks)

A lot has happened in the last 3 weeks! Don’t worry, I’m not going to walk through all of the gory details here, but we have been really busy! Brian, Steve, and I more or less finished our database of virtually every church and religious group in the Nashville area (about 1,400) – and counting. This past week we began interviewing different staff members from the churches in the database as well as some of the Brentwood staff members. Each month, we will each have around 20 interviews with pastors and staff from a wide variety of churches, denominations, and religions. We are already learning a ton from just the first week of interviews!

Last week we also went to the Sending Church Conference here in Nashville where we had the chance to meet and learn from some really high caliber people – like Ed Stetzer. The focus of the conference was all about what it looks like to be a church that continually sends people out to plant new churches and go to the mission field. One of the great truths we discovered was that if we aren’t a SENDING church, we are a DESCENDING church!

Over the past couple of weeks we have also been working through the process of discovering and articulating the vision that God has for the church He is calling us to plant. I’m really excited about what God is showing us and I can’t wait to share it with you soon! This coming week we will be working through our ministry values as well as our statement of belief and then we’ll be heading to a conference in Kansas City on Wednesday.

We have a couple videos that we’d love for you to check out! The first one was made by Brentwood and shown in the worship services. In each service we were introduced to the congregation and had people come up and pray for us. Check out the video here.

The second video is just a personal video that Dawn, Bailey and I made in our living room to share with you some things that we are excited about as well as some things we ‘d love for you to pray for us about. Check out our personal video here.

We can’t thank you enough for all of your prayers, support, encouragement, and financial partnership! You are such a wonderful blessing to us and we praise God for you! Please continue to pray for Dawn’s new job (as a nanny for a couple from India), our residency interviews, and the trip this week to the conference in Kansas City. Check back in about 2 weeks for our next post…

We love and appreciate you!! 
Dawn, Todd & Bailey!

 

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