Stonegate Church | Midlothian, TX
- Rodney Hobbs
- Feb 8, 2010
- Series: Church Profiles
- Categories: Church Planting Articles
Briefly describe your story of your call to plant a church
I started in ministry at a church that really valued church planting. It was the air we were breathing as I walked into the doors. After 1 failed attempt, the air was flavored with a real distaste for church planting. However, that initial air was enough to give it life in me.
Toward the end of our time at Walnut Ridge, God began to grow in Laura and I a God-given discontent. We began wrestling through pastoring an existing church, replanting, or jumping into the dark with a church plant. We felt that God gave us enough clarity and confirmation to push the chips in for planting! So, here we go.
What were the biggest challenges you faced in planting your church (and/or currently facing)?
Some of the biggest challenges we face are: elder development, the time to build out the systems to support a church (follow up systems, deacons packets, elder packets, policies for various things, etc), and the facility issue, and building avenues for people to grow in depth.
How did you become involved with Acts 29? What have been the biggest benefits of being in the network?
How - the village church was my first exposure. The benefits - I am so thankful to have a crew of people that I am theologically and philosophically aligned with. In addition to that, it has been a great place for training and resourcing.
What advice do you have for men who are wrestling with the decision to plant?
Try to talk yourself out of it before you make the move in. If you can (talk yourself out of it), it probably meant you weren't called to it (and you just saved yourself a ton of pain). If you can't talk yourself out of it, be courageous and jump. You'll find yourself in the most God dependent waters of your life.
How do you pastor your family?
My wife and I meet weekly for discipleship (we go through a variety of different resources). Our kids are young and we are still working out the family worship piece of that. Under that - on a pastor level - a big piece of the pastoring come through conversation, shepherding God's gifts to me on a daily basis.
Outside of the Bible, what is the most helpful book you have read for church planting?
Either Keller's manual or Logans Toolkit.
How can we pray for you?
3 things - humble hearts, holy lives, and great time management.
Mission, Vision, Values of Church
To extend the glory of God through lives changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
How did you build up your core? What advice would you give to guys in the core-stage?
Our core came from two primary sources. We were sent with about 30 people from Walnut Ridge. That has been a great marriage thus far because they had all worked with me in the student ministry prior to us planting. So there were a few surprises on the philosophical bents. The other source of people came from those who had moved from our community to Midlothian (the place we planted). We picked up 4-5 additional families that way.
What are some examples of God's grace that you have seen in your life and/or the life of your church?
PERSONALLY - i am so thankful that God has grown me in the gospel. He has given me (with the prodding of some A29 guys) to run deeper into the gospel. Through that - the desire to fight sin, to live holy, to grow in the disciplines have become greater.
CHURCH - I have been so encouraged by the grace of God working for our church by protecting our unity, growing people's gospel awareness, growing a love for the Scriptures, bringing us some elder quality type men, and adding to our width.
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