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Students Urged to Start Something New

by Office of Marketing | April 28, 2014
Church Ministry Network
Church planting leaders with the Church Multiplication Network (CMN) convened on VFCC's campus from March 25–27, 2014. For three days, these seasoned leaders shared their insights and experiences with students, hoping to guide them to find their own place on a church planting team.

The CMN was created to equip, fund and network Assemblies of God (AG) church planters. Every year, the organization hosts events on the campuses of AG colleges and universities (referred to as START events), encouraging students to get involved with new congregations, so they can help make a tangible impact in their communities with the Gospel. Last month, VFCC students learned about ministry possibilities, as church planting experts from around the country came to offer their perspective. During chapel services, breakout sessions and luncheons, students received information and heard stories of what church planting truly entails.
 
Speaker Leonard Sweet, prolific author and professor of evangelism at Drew University, began the week with a sermon that focused on the importance of Gospel transmission in a postmodern culture. The following day featured Jeff Leake, pastor of Allison Park Church (Allison Park, Pa.) and founder of Reach Northeast, who shared real accounts of ministry to give students an accurate depiction of church planting. Earl Creps, lead pastor of 360 Church (Berkeley, Calif.), then discussed the challenging development of a calling. Pastor Adelita Garza of Puente de Vida (Santa Paula, Calif.) closed the START event with a chapel service and a breakout session, teaching on the nature of faithful response to one’s calling.
 
By the end of the week, dozens of students had responded to altar calls with interest in church planting ministries — either as pastoral leaders or bivocational team members. Please be in prayer for those pursuing this path while studying at VFCC.