Easter Service

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Have you ever felt that God remains silent? Why doesn’t He speak to us loud and clear? Why doesn’t He step in and do something to fix our problems and the issues of the world?

Do you feel like you get silence from God?

To answer this question and hopefully a few others, we’d love you to join us for Easter. We will reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross and His hope filled resurrection and how we can hear God speak loud and clear.

Easter Sunday – 10am – 4 Moncrieff St, Mount Victoria

New venue & new time

While we are still very much working out what we are doing each week, things have begun to settle down in our new venue. Now we’re feeling confident enough to invite those who are interesting in finding out more about Jesus or in being part of the church plant to come along. If that’s you, we’d love to welcome you along to one of our Sunday morning church serivces.

We meet at 10am every Sunday morning at 4 Moncrieff St, Mount Victoria.

We meet in the lovely pink (inside & out) Tararua Tramping Club. Parking is limited so feel free to park your car around the corner in Brendan Foot Metro in Elizabeth St if you can’t find a spot on the street.

Why not drop us a line to let us know that you’re coming for a visit? You can do that here.

Moving Out

Last week our church moved out of home. Well, out of our home and into a community hall closer to the city. We’ve also shifted times to the morning which seems to work much better for the families even if it does mean a smaller Sunday sleep in for those without kids.

God, in his kindness, has grown our church to the point where we can no longer meet comfortable in our living room. We were also starting to realise the toll it was taking on us as a family to have 30 people in our house for a meal each Sunday. We loved it but felt if maxed us out when it came to hospitality thus we weren’t able to do as much during the week.

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Our first week in our new digs went really well. God has blessed out church with a great number of servants who are willing to turn up and work hard. We even had one bloke come for setup on his first week at church!

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The new *pink* hall is perfect for us to meet in for the next few months as we work towards a public launch. It doesn’t feel too empty with 25 people but it has room for us to grow to over 50. We have plenty of on site storage and the right rooms for kids church and even a crèche when we need it.

For those who pray, will you join us in:

  • praising God for our church and their willingness to serve so others might know Jesus.
  • giving thanks to God for this move and his provision for our church.
  • praying that we might connect with students coming to Wellington for Uni over the next few months.
  • asking that our community groups will launch well this week.

Building momentum

It has been exciting to see God work as He gathers his people for this new church. Not a week has gone by where we haven’t had a new person, a visitor or an enquirer looking to find out what we are doing and how they can be a part of it. It has also been exciting to have the chance to meet with a few people who are investigating Christianity.

So far at church we have had one wedding, one member in hospital for a week, one week without music, three guest preachers and many meals & coffees together. The community groups continue to grow, especially the women’s group that meets on Wednesday morning.

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In December we will be farewelling some of our friends who came from Australia to help us get off the ground. They have served us in many ways by teaching Sunday School, organising music, being part of community groups and just generally being enthusiastic and getting involved. They will both leave big shoes to fill and we’d love to have another wave of servants come along in their place. Next year we will be joined by a family from the UK and a newly married couple from Christchurch. It will be great to have more hands on deck as we gear up towards our public launch.

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It has become apparent that our living room is not going to be able to contain us for much longer. Soon we will have to move into another part of the house as we continue to grow.

At the moment we are working towards launching around March 2015. By that time we hope to have 35-40 people regularly turning up each Sunday. The shift from house church to a public meeting will dramatically increase the amount of work that will go into each Sunday service but it will enable us to grow as we throw open the doors and welcome the city.

There are a few key things that need to be worked out before we can launch in March. We need to finalise a time, find a venue to meet, purchase AV equipment, marketing, update the website, develop welcoming and follow-up structures and the list goes on.

It would be great if you could be praying for our church as we look to transition. Pray God will provide all our needs as he has done in the past.

If you are interested in checking out what is going on, please contact us here.

Building a House and Planting a Church – Plans & Felxibility

From where I sit in my study I over look a construction site. Each day I watch three blokes work in the wind, rain and cold building a house for one of our neighbours. In the three weeks we have been here, it doesn’t look like much has happened because houses take time to build, especially if you are going to do it properly. As I watch this house begin to take shape, I feel like we are undertaking a similar project in church planting (although mostly but not entirely from the comfort and warmth of the indoors). I plan to share a few of the similarities I have observed so far over a few posts, not because I am an expert or thing that I have anything to teach anyone about church planting, but to give those who are interested a glimpse into what church planting in Wellington looks like for us.

[Of course God is sovereign over this who process and he is the master builder of the church with Christ as the chief cornerstone, but these are some reflection of what it looks like and feels like on the ground going through the process.]

House Building

Firstly, you need to have a plan but you need to be flexible.

As the builders do their work, they are following a plan. The builders don’t simply turn up to an empty site and just start building as they please. They don’t make it up as they go with little idea of what the end result will be. Months and even years before any hole is dug or foundation is laid, architects, engineers, surveyors and government officials have all had a say in what they are building and how they are doing it. From the beginning of work, everything is planned out, they know what it is they are building. The materials are selected, the placement of the house is decided, the tests are done to make sure it won’t fall over and that it meets all the required regulations. Without this plan, the construction will be a mess and the final product will be a disaster.

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Have a plan

And we feel like it is the same with church planting. We have moved from a job in an established church that had a plan and a vision with multiple services running, various ministries established, a staff team to work with, small groups with leaders, a strategy for reaching the local area and all of the various structures that make it all happen. Now it is just us, a small band of merry men & women, a Bible and a big city to reach. We need a plan. We need to know what we are doing and how we are going to do it. We need to have a picture of what this church will look like in the future and we need to work out the steps that will take us there.

At the moment we are faced with almost endless possibilities, most of which are excellent in their own right. We could start a social welfare ministry, we could begin a student outreach, we could start an aged care ministry, we could plan a massive outreach event, we could target a particular subsection of the community, we could do anything really. But it is only if we have a plan, then we can decide what to do now and what to leave until later when the time is right. And the plan didn’t simply fall out of our heads but was the result of many months of prayer and consultation with those who know us, know church planting, know New Zealand and know Wellington.

Having a plan will also help us be disciplined and follow things through especially when they are hard and might not bear immediate fruit. Even in the short time we have been here we have gone through the ups and downs of starting something, wondering if it is working, despairing that it is not what we expected, trusting in the plans we had made under God, prayed a lot (!), followed it through and come out the other side pretty much exactly where we hope we would be. Without the plan, we may have changed course and ended up somewhere different altogether.

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Be flexible

Plans are great, and as the boys build their house across the street, they follow the plan. But it is inevitable that things change and this requires them to be flexible. A supplier might run out of particular materials, something is overlooked in the design, the owner wants a bigger bath or wants the house to be painted a different colour, any number of these can upset the plan as the project runs its course. When things change or don’t work out, they need to be flexible and find a solution to keep things on track.

We arrived in Wellington on 19th May and immediately the plan had to change as our long-term accommodation (and location for our church meeting) was delayed. This changed what we could do with our launch team, it changed how we could do ministry, it changed how we would work without an office, it changed what family life looked like as we squashed into a 2 bedroom apartment. We needed to adjust our expectations and be flexible. And it turned out that in God’s kindness, it gave others opportunities to host church, to show hospitality and for us to all get to know each other in a way that would have been different had we been meeting in our place from day one.

There have been other detours and distractions (and there will be many more) but we continue on with the plan to plant a church that loves Jesus and loves Wellington.

Next: Setting a good foundation and building with the right materials.

More Sermons

Here are some more sample sermons (from our previous church) for those who want to get a feel for things at Wellington Evangelical.

Ephesians 1:1-14 – Delighting in God’s Big Plan (right click to download)

Ephesians 4:1-16 – Spiritual Gifts (right click to download)

Ephesians 4:17-5:21 – Walk in Purity (right click to download)

Topical – Work (right click to download)

1 Kings 21 – Elijah & Naboth’s Vineyard (right click to download)

Arrived but just getting started

After 18+ months of planning and praying, we have finally arrived in Wellington to begin planting a new church that loves Jesus and loves Wellington. The trip across was pretty full on with 3 kids and over 20 items of checked in luggage. It took us a few days to recover and settle in but life in Wellington is starting to begin to feel a bit more normal.

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There have been delays with us moving into our long term accommodation which is frustrating but was not unexpected. It has given us the opportunity to stay downtown and be a bit touristy in our new home town. Apart from our checked in luggage we brought with us a keen bean from St Luke’s Miranda (Jess) who is here for 9 months to help us get things off the ground.

Beehive

We have already begun meeting up with the launch team. Our first meeting was on Sunday night was pretty low key with a meal and a short devotion on Ephesians 1:1-14. It was really great to catch up with the team again and to begin (in a very small way) the ministry we came here to do. It was also great for the team to meet the rest of our family and for them to become part of this new church.

Please pray that we might begin by building on a solid foundation (Jesus and His Word) and that we might grow in unity and in number.