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Meet a Church Planter: Jerry Funston in Ohio
Meet Jerry and Megan Funston! They planted The Journey Fellowship in Sunbury, Ohio, last spring, out of the ashes of another church. We are excited to have them join our Network and hope you will be in prayer for them and their new church.
Acts 29: Briefly describe your story of your call to plant a church.
The Journey is actually a replant. Shortly after arriving at a 3 year old church plant as the second staff person, the lead/planting pastor failed morally, devastating the church.
After praying for a period of time with my wife we felt called to take the failed church plant and start over in a new and healthy way.
Acts 29: What were the biggest challenges you faced in planting your church (and/or currently facing)?
Replanting is hard, in many ways the stink of failure has to be aired out and eradicated. Helping people see that the Gospel is the key as opposed to the latest fad or marketing technique. We have also faced a real need to effectively separate from the broken, failed church, this is an ongoing challenge.
To hear more about church replanting or revitalization, check out this interview with Acts 29 Church Planter, Jason Martin, as well as this interview with Acts 29 Church Planter, Matt Adair.