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Meet a Church Planter | Todd Perkins
Call to Plant
I grew up in a traditional church. As I followed Jesus, the idea of missions became more and more my focus. This led me to the concept and world of church planting. As I investigated what this looked like, I felt a calling to pursue this. I pursued training with Mars HIll Church in Seattle, and God graciously provided a years worth of intensive development there. After that time, and through some coaching, we moved to the Raleigh area in partnership with Vintage21 Church. As I invested in some seminary classes near by, I worked along side with them and eventually was led to help develop a brand new campus in Durham. Beginning with a small core, we've labored to help others Know, Live, & Build the gospel in this city, and we're seeing more and more come to follow Jesus.
Involvement in Acts 29
I was recommended to check out Acts29 as I investigated the possibility of becoming a church planter. Jeremy Carr in Augusta GA (my home town) suggested I attend a Boot Camp in Chicago. I did, and I signed up for an assessment. My team (3 planters) nailed me - I could have planted, but I was not ready. They gave me some tangible options, and I had to humbly listen to them. That led me to a year long pastor's training at Mars Hill, followed by employment at Vintage21 in Raleigh NC. I've been progressively pursuing and moving towards Acts29 membership ever since.
Before I left home, before I started my church planting journey, I made a list of 10 (ridiculous) things that needed to happen to move me on. This included selling our house, raising over $16,000, finding work, a place to live, all without burning out my family life. Looking at the list when I made it made me laugh out loud. How could these things come to pass? One by one God miraculously has answered those needs and is consistently revealing amazing blessings. This year alone has been an amazing season of growth. Its out of my hands. I'm glad Jesus is our senior pastor!
The harvest is plentiful. We need laborers. If things continue, the next two years will be a series of pretty big transitions. I need humility, wisdom, & discernment.
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