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Peter Helm & Church Planting

December 27, 2013

Church Planting

Our mission as a church is to glorify God by making disciples who love God, love others and serve the world. For the last several years it has been on the heart of many in our church community to start a new church out of Calvary Baptist. This dream has been discussed for years without having come to fruition. Yet, we did not lose hope; we kept waiting, praying, seeking and trusting that God would bring about the fulfillment of this vision in His perfect timing.

One of the church planting puzzle pieces we were waiting for involved a church planting couple to lead this venture. To our great joy and excitement, God has called our very own Peter and Amanda Helm to lead a core group of people in starting a new church. Peter and Amanda went through an extensive vetting process that included multiple interviews with the elder’s, a special assessment team from our denomination with decades of church planting experience, and an interview with our denominations church planting board. It was a brutal but thorough process for Peter and Amanda. The end result was very encouraging. Peter and Amanda Helm have been accepted as a BCBC church planting couple. This is great news! The question remains, however, what does this mean for Calvary? The rest of this letter will attempt to answer that question.

Peter’s Job Description 

On January 1, 2014 Peter Helm will come onto Calvary’s staff as our church planter. His salary will not impact our budget this year as we are receiving support from the BCBC and the BGC and our top up funds for his salary have already been raised. In the interest of full disclosure, here is his job description for the year:

  1. The Church Planter will be involved in teaching and preaching on Sunday mornings (approx. once a month) and other various mid-week meetings when appropriate (i.e. youth group, small groups, etc.).
  2. The Church Planter will research and write position papers on various controversial issues as assigned by Lead Pastor/Elders board (i.e. Ecclesiology, Divorce and Remarriage, Church Discipline, Homosexuality and various ethical issues, etc.).
  3. The Church Planter will attend monthly BCBC church planting meetings.
  4. The Church Planter will job shadow another church planter on four different Sundays throughout the year.
  5. The Church Planter will start to build a core team, continue to develop vision, scope out the area for the potential plant, and formulate by-laws and a church constitution.
  6. Peter will also be taking a few courses at ACTS Seminary.
  7. The Church Planter will attend a church planting boot camp in the New Year with wife and/or Core team.

As you can see, Peter and Amanda will have an exciting and busy year. As the lead pastor of Calvary Baptist, I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch and participate in what God is going to do throughout this year. Church planting will push all of us to be involved in outreach, prayer and sacrificial giving; all of which are a part of significant spiritual growth in our lives (for more information answering the question ‘Why Church Plant?’ see this year’s Missional Manifesto).

What About You?

The above job description is what we are asking of Peter, and you may be wondering what we are asking of you:

  1. Please pray for your church. I was inspired recently while teaching on Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. There he prayed, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Why not consider making this prayer your own for our church?
  2. Pray about whether or not you would be on the core-team of the church plant. Count the cost. The level of commitment is high and the amount of sacrifice will be significant. This is not for those who simply want something new; being on the core-team will require much of you, but the sacrifice is worth it.
  3. Be on mission where you live. How are you stewarding the influence that God has given you in your network of relationships? How can you take more risks in sharing your faith and loving others in Jesus’ name?
  4. Be prepared to give sacrificially. This doesn’t always mean giving more. It can mean spending less on other items and diverting those funds to build the church. For example, make a list of items that you can sell this year on Craig’s list, or E-Bay, and donate all of those funds to the church plant. Though Peter’s salary is covered we will need to raise funds for equipment, website etc.

I hope you are excited. The reason the church exists is to glorify God and make disciples of all nations. This is our mission at Calvary and our mission must multiply. There is no greater joy than seeing lives transformed by the gospel.

Let me allow you in on a secret. Our vision is bigger than planting a church. In fact, you could say that we are not planting a church. We are planning to start a movement! Once Peter’s church reaches around 100, we plan to join forces with his congregation and plant another church in Pitt Meadows, which will in turn plant another church. We are also hoping that the entire BCBC grabs a hold of this vision and takes it to heart.

Conclusion

In closing, when I candidated for this position over three years ago, I was asked what I would want my legacy to be after five years of being the lead pastor at Calvary Baptist. I replied, ‘that Calvary would have planted a church.’ If you asked me now what I would want my legacy to be after 10 years, I would reply, ‘that we have been involved in planting at least four churches.’ And as the decades go by that number will increase exponentially.

God has invited us to be involved in a story that is bigger than anything we could hope for or imagine. To be involved in building His kingdom is a great honor and privilege. Join us this year in seeking God to do greater things than we could ever have imagined at Calvary and through this church plant.

Sincerely,

Chris Price

Lead Pastor

Calvary Baptist Church