Chelsea Village Baptist Church | Chelsea, AL
- Scott Slayton
- Feb 4, 2013
- Series: Church Profiles
- Categories: Church Planting Articles, Latest News
Briefly describe your story of your call to plant a church
God called me to preach and pastor the day that I came to Christ. My call to plant came as I was pastoring an established church in a rural area and began to see the enormous need for new churches in the Birmingham metro area. After much prayer and seeking God, he led us to a couple who had a heart for the same area that we did. It was unmistakable that God was calling us to work together and he provided us with a great sponsoring church to fund and guide our plant.
How did you build up your core? What advice would you give to guys in the core-stage?
We started with one other couple and our Core was built completely through personal relationships and friendships.
It will take time for you to get to know people and for them to get to know you. There will be people that you think will be leaders who won't stick and people will stick that you thought wouldn't be interested.
What were the biggest challenges you faced in planting your church (and/or currently facing)?
Developing new leaders and encouraging people to be engaged in mission.
How did you become involved with Acts 29? What have been the biggest benefits of being in the network?
Through friends who were in the network. I have been blessed by the brotherhood and encouragment that exists in the network.
What advice do you have for men who are wrestling with the decision to plant?
Pray a lot.
Know going in that this is going to be very hard.
Pastor your family first.
What’s the most important thing you’d want to share with a new church planter?
Pray a lot.
Pastor your family first.
Be on mission in your own neighborhood.
Do not neglect spending time with people.
How do you pastor your family in the midst of starting a church?
First I try to give every person in my family undivided attention every day. This means that I put up the phone and the laptop and make myself completely available to them once I get home. We try to have devotion together after dinner and then play games or read through a book together.
We also try to involve our children in as much of the ministry as we are able to. They have helped with setup, participated in mission projects, helped us get ready to host Community Group, and been with us at the lunch table while we were doing new member interviews.
Outside of the Bible, what is the most helpful book you have read for church planting?
Confessions of a Reformission Rev
Church Profile: Chelsea Village Baptist Church
Launch Date: January 2010
Location: Chelsea, AL
Mission, Vision, Values of Church
Mission: We exist to transform lives for the glory of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Vision: To raise up a body of believers who engage their friends and neighbors with the Gospel so that lives are transformed in Birmingham and beyond.
What are some examples of God's grace that you have seen in your life and/or the life of your church?
By God's grace, we baptized 11 people in 2012.
God provided us with a permanent meeting space in October 2012.
God has faithfully provided for our family and our plant from day one.
How can we pray for you?
Pray that I would continue to faithfully follow Jesus and that I would be transformed into his image.
Pray that i would continue to lead my wife and daughters well. Also pray for us as we await the arrival of our third daughter in April.
Pray that our church would continue to love our neighbors and engage them with the Gospel.
November 14, 2013
Event: 2013 Raleigh Boot Camp
Author: Ray Ortlund, Jr.