HeBrews 10:24 – A New Way to Start a Church

Fourteen months ago, God planted a seed in the heart of Chuck Knudson to go and live on mission in San Antonio. Today, after months of prayer, study, planning, and practicing, Chuck and his wife Azeneth are very close to fully living into this calling. One important question that every church planter has to answer is, “How are we going to engage our new neighbors? What will be our strategy to meet and connect people to a life-giving relationship of following Jesus?”
In their first few months of practicing evangelism in their current community of New Braunfels, the Knudsons discovered that while it is difficult for someone to accept an invitation to church, it is easy to accept an invitation into your home or a restaurant. And with this, God began to reveal to the Knudsons a unique approach to starting a church: coffee – more specifically, a local coffee shop featuring fresh-roasted coffee.
Chuck and Azeneth began envisioning a community coffee shop as a place to meet and engage new people in a casual and non-threatening environment while simultaneously generating the revenue needed to support their ongoing ministry efforts. They envisioned small groups, bible studies, discipleship classes, and recovery ministries meeting casually in this coffee shop. And they envisioned multiplying their impact by raising up new disciples of Jesus who could go live on mission and open coffee shop ministries in other neighborhoods across the city. And with that inspiration, HeBrews 10:24 Community Church was born “to stir up one another to love and good works!”
To help the Knudsons take the next step towards the coffee shop ministry that God has placed on their hearts, we are seeking to raise an initial $15,000 to cover the costs of starting the church-owned coffee roasting business. HeBrews 10:24 is looking to begin commercially roasting and marketing fresh-roasted coffee beans in the next six weeks, so your timely contribution is encouraged!
It is important to note that HeBrews 10:24 has a volunteer board that is working with Chuck and Azeneth as they launch this new ministry and they have also agreed to be accountable to the LCMC Texas District and weekly receive coaching from me. Even though this church planting strategy may sound unusual, you can rest assured that it is indeed a worthy investment in the Kingdom of God.
Would you please consider giving a generous contribution towards the HeBrews 10:24 vision for mission in San Antonio? All contributions are 100% tax deductible. You can make online contributions through our website at www.lcmctexas.org/give/. You can also send a check by mail to LCMC Texas District, 821 County Road 148, Georgetown, TX 78626. Please notate that the contribution is for San Antonio Mission. Thank you for your generous support and please pray for the Knudsons and for HeBrews 10:24!
Pastor Bryce Formwalt is the Director of Mission Growth for the LCMC Texas District. Residing in Georgetown, Pastor Bryce is available to coach congregations on mission. Feel free to contact him with any questions or comments: 512-942-7776 or bryce@lcmctexas.org.
© 2017 Bryce J. Formwalt, All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.
October 2017

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