Promises Propel Us to Plant
We plant churches because Jesus promises "...I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus and writer of much of the New Testament, underscores this promise as he says, "To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known..." (Ephesians 3:8-10). God's means for making himself known to those who do not know Jesus is through the planting of churches.
We desire to see the 1 million+ people in the RDU area who do not love Jesus Christ hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus, while we also desire to plant primarily urban churches all across the United States. The city centers are means of cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity. It is in the urban cities of America where universities train the next generation of leaders, where the poor and the rich live and work in close proximity with each other, and usually where the greatest diversity of region resides. Therefore we desire to plant churches of common theology, vision, and values in unique and contextual ways so that more people will be exposed to the gospel of Jesus. We train up leaders from within our church body as well as partner with other churches with common desires to build the kingdom of God not a TCC kingdom.
Believing that God works in ways faithful to his word through many different churches that make up his body, we have chosen to partner with several groups of churches for national church planting. We like to talk about partnerships like flying flags on the pole. The flags of partnership that we fly, right after the Jesus flag are as follows:
Treasuring Christ Together Church Planting Network (TCT)
Acts 29 Church Planting Network
Southern Baptists (specifically through the North American Mission Board and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Our current church planting resident is Craig Priestley. Our plan is a collection of material from the TCT network and a Southern Baptist partner Jeff Doyle at North Wake Church. Click below to see what kind of things the residency will involve.
Refuge City Church
Refuge City Church is a group of people who have decided to commit their lives to advancement of the Gospel in downtown Dayton, OH. We believe we can help Dayton and the world through our three core values: The Glory of God, The City of God, and The Mission of God.
Our most recent church planting resident, Craig Priestley, is gathering a core team and meeting neighbors to plant Regeneration Church in Humboldt Park, Chicago around the vision of "demonstrating the glory of God in our neighborhood, our city, and our world by spreading the joy of gospel transformation, which brings the renewal of our families, the restoration of our community, and the reconciliation of our cultures."