God's Been Dumb Gracious to Us: Eric Mason on Epiphany Fellowship
Eric Mason recently became a part of the Acts 29 Network's Board of Directors. He planted Epiphany Fellowship Philadelphia, PA, about three years ago and has shepherded the young, urban, arts & tech savvy church through a lot of growth. Scott Thomas had the chance to sit down with Eric before he went to speak at the Houston Boot Camp last week, and get an update from him.
Eric says that God's been "dumb gracious," to Epiphany Fellowship as they've grown. He notes how young Epiphany is and says there's a lot of patience needed but that he's thankful that he has an exuberant and passionate young crowd that he has to pull back in wisdom rather than push to motivate. Epiphany will be adding three additional elders soon, too, and they are already helping Eric shoulder the load.
Also, in the clip below, Scott asks Eric about what has been the biggest challenges in planting. Eric shares about the loneliness that accompanies planting.
(Guess who else just recently talked about loneliness? Mark Driscoll wrote a two part series, Leadership is Lonely, on the Resurgence.)
God's also been dumb gracious to Epiphany in their finances. Their church is at 50% of the funding that it needs after three years (most Philly churches take 8 years to get to 50%). In their multi-ethnic, rapidly changing neighborhood (three blocks from Temple University), finances are a consistent struggle. Eric says most indigenous residents (and most of the Epiphany Fellowship people) are forced to rent as the land is bought up, rebuilt, and too expensive to purchase. As Epiphany is working to become financially independent, they are also loving their city by working with the community to make home-ownership more economically viable for the locals.
We are thrilled to have Dr. Eric Mason as a part of our Network. His ministry in Philadelphia and to church planters across the country is a great encouragement. Please be praying for Eric and Epiphany Fellowship - for wisdom among the leaders and people, for maturity, and for the remainder of the funds they need to be stable and thriving.