By God’s grace we seek to plant a baptist congregation called Gospel Grace Church, in downtown Salt Lake City. We hold to the historic baptist distinctives, and if you are interested in what we believe, check out our statement of faith. We’ll have more info at http://gospelgracechurch.com very soon.
We have tried to provide succinct answers to several of the common questions we are being asked. However, we realize that some of these topics require extended treatment. We intend to present thorough statements concerning philosophy of ministry, church polity, and ministry strategy in the weeks to come. Stay tuned. Have any more questions? Please, contact us!
Our goal is that the Albrights, Countermans and Kopps will relocate to Utah by early fall 2012. The Galkins and their evangelistic team will join us in the city for those first 2 months. Our initial steps will be pursuing evangelistic Bible studies in multiple locations (most likely centered in the pastoral team’s homes) and assembling on Sundays for corporate worship. The incorporation of Gospel Grace Church is already under way, and we look forward to our first Sunday together on August 19th.
Gospel Grace Church will be led by the Pastoral team with Pastor Lukus as the lead pastor. Each member is finding great satisfaction in submitting their gifts to the mission of the team as a whole. Lukus is plotting timelines and setting direction, Jonathan is doing a great job assembling and training our core team, Jon is designing, coding, and organizing, and Will has been networking with pastors and keeping our philosophy and practice tightly knit. We are thankful for the unity, synergy and momentum that God is building as we submit to each other.
We hope the personality and flavor of our church will flow out of our core values and who God has prepared us to be. Gospel Grace Church will center on the passionate proclamation of truth through expositional preaching and teaching, genuine congregational worship offered in fresh and conservative ways, intentional relational evangelism, gospel-centered discipleship, loving community relationships, and purposed multiplication.
Well, we love the gospel, and we all need grace! We think Gospel Grace communicates to the religious and irreligious in Utah that there is a liberating power available in the good news of Jesus. We love to think of men and women in despair over the bondage and questions of false religion finding hope in the gospel of grace! We long to see men and women whose eyes are blinded by the dissatisfying idols of their city given sight to take in the fountain of grace that is offered in Jesus Christ.
Well, that depends on what you mean by being a part of this. There are many ways you can get involved, and we praise God that by partnering together, He allows us to share in the rewards of the work! God is putting together a team!
- Families and individuals are already committed to transferring jobs and relocating to the valley with us. We praise God for their radical sacrifices for the gospel into the unknowns with our team. Do you sense that God might desire that kind of a move for you or your family? We’d love to pray with you. Click here to fill in your contact information. We’ll be in touch.
- Perhaps God is burdening you to sacrifice to share in the financial weight of this endeavor. Could you give to enable gospel work directly in Salt Lake City? Your giving to startup costs or monthly commitment would be a huge blessing!
- Do you think your church would be interested in supporting a team member? Please contact us here, or and contact info along to your pastor or missions directory.
We don't think it is the only way to plant a church, but we do believe it is the path God has laid for us! As we look to Scripture, we find biblical precedence for team ministry. Jesus sent out his disciples two by two to prepare the way for his ministry, and when the NT church sent out it’s church planters, they chose equipped teams--Paul, Barnabus, John Mark, Silas, Luke and Timothy, etc. We believe God has brought us together, and we are excited to use our complementary gifts in Salt Lake City.
Each of our home churches (BBC, WFBC and ORBC) are sending us out as church planting missionaries. Our home churches will initially serve as clearing houses for our funds and provide accountability as well as much needed wisdom. We look forward to taking what God has done in us through our home churches and sharing it with the people of Utath.