- What We Do
The nature of church planting in the United States and Canada has changed rapidly over the past decade.
Previously, a single church often could handle the broad responsibilities that come with sending out a church plant. Additionally, the church plant mostly would resemble the parent church in model, target demographic, and mission.
Church planting is like hiking up a mountain. Getting people to talk about the beauty of outreach and mission is easy ... but when we finally see how long the path to change is, and how many stairs we'll have to climb to reach our mission, some of us decide we are only willing to go so far before turning back. We pray that all of us in the Christian Reformed Church will be open to tackle whatever mountain God wants us to climb.
“The Indo-Pak community is scattered in Southern California,” said Eric Sarwar, pastor of Artesia City Church, a church plant supported in part by Resonate Global Mission.
That makes it difficult for believers to gather in one space to worship together. As a result, many believers don’t have the opportunity to worship God in ways that express their heart—and those seeking faith don’t have the opportunity to hear the Word of God in a language that speaks to their heart.
With Sarwar’s leadership, Artesia City Church is changing that.
Houston, Texas, is packed with hospitals. So it’s little surprise that out of the nearly 50 people who attend Filipino-American Christian Reformed Church, 32 are medical professionals.
But Houston’s hospitals are not just a job opportunity for believers of the Resonate Global Mission church plant—the hospitals are also an outreach opportunity.
The Bridge, a church plant in Fergus, Ontario, supported in part by Resonate Global Mission, is passionate about engaging with the community. When the members learned about a recent need, they stepped in.
As Pastor John Vanderstoep sought to partner with other churches in the community, he learned of three in the area that each hosted a community meal on Friday nights. They were looking for another church to fill the other Friday spot each month.