Why New Churches Are Needed • 90% of the people are unchurched. • Only 4% affiliated with an evangelical church. • Only one Southern Baptist Church for every 36,000 persons. • Nearly 181,000 people live within a ten-mile radius at the intersection of I-5 and Pierce/Thurston Counties. • Growing Responsiveness to the Gospel.
‘JAM’ Meets Here Nursery Area
High Pointe’s Stats • Average 600 average weekly attendance • Over 70% previously unchurched • 80 Baptisms first year- led the Puget Sound Baptist Association • 45% of people participate in small groups
High Pointe’s Stats • Approximate annual budget $300,000 • Average Giving: $10 per person per week • 2001 Easter Attendance: OVER 1000! • 101, 201, and 301 classes are in place and active
Met at UPS (Bible Belt) • Common Experience • Both Ministers • Both Military • Both Experienced Christ Serving in Washington in 1988. The Fullers • Common Vision • The Unchurched • Transformed Lives • Complimentary Gifts The Whitakers
Why Lacey/Dupont is Strategic • Under-churched and un-reached community • International Traffic Center • Large Military Presence • Nisqually Indian Reservation • Government Leaders and Employees • Significant Current and Potential Growth
Embracing The Sound • Lacey/Dupont area is growing economically. • Home Depot and Target Distribution Centers. • Intel R&D Facility and State Farm Regional Headquarters • 16 Screen Galaxy Movie Theater. • Two Wal-Mart stores and one Target Store.
Embracing The Sound • Lacey/Dupont area is growing residentially. • Ten thousand resident planned community with new schools currently under construction in Dupont. • Three planned communities with a total of 2,726 housing units will start construction in the next year.
Embracing The Sound 3,000 Acre Development Under Construction
Vision For a New Church I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10).
Vision For a New Church Our Mission SoundLife Church exists to help people find new life in Christ, grow in His likeness, and go out in His service.
Vision For a New Church • Ministry Style • Team Based Ministry • Leadership and Ministry Structure Focused on the Six Biblical Purposes. • Equipped and Empowered Network of Lay People.
Vision For a New Church • Three Year Picture • Biblically Solid, Healthy, Growing Church • Collection of Reproducing Cell Groups • Regional and International Impact • Holistic Ministry
Vision For a New Church • Three Year Picture • Life Bridge Classes (101, 201, 301, and 401) • One-on-One Christian Mentorship • Significant Ministry to Military Families • Plant a Daughter Church in the South Sound Region
Timeline • The Conception Stage (August 2001- May 2002) • The Pre-launch Stage (June 2002 – Dec 2002) • The Birth Stage (Jan 2003 – March 2003) • The Growth To Maturity Stage (April 2003 – The Second Coming of Christ) "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that (James 4:15)."
Vision For a New Church • The Conception Stage (August 2001- May 2002) • Prayer • Determine Biblical, Theological, and Spiritual Foundations • Prepare Strategic Plan • Establish Web Presence • Publish Monthly Prayer Letter • Discover Prayer and Financial Partners • Move Ministry Team to Washington State
The Pre-launch Stage (June 2002- Dec 2002) SoundLife Gathering Place • On Loan from PSBA. • Dallas Baptist Association Providing Labor for Remodeling. • Embracing Seattle Funding Material Costs. Adjacent Classroom/Office Space
Partnership “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (Romans 10:13-15a)
SoundLife Church Partners “Friends For Life” • Prayer Partners • In-person Partners • Short-term Missionaries • Pioneer Families • Financial Partners • Churches and Organizations • Individuals
SoundLife Church Partners Current Partner Organizations • North American Mission Board • Northwest Baptist Convention • Puget Sound Baptist Association • Churches
SoundLife Church Partners “Friends For Life” • Our Commitment to You: • Prayer • Monthly Prayer/Update Letter • Diligence
SoundLife Church Partners “Friends For Life” • We must find a team of partners who will give monthly to support our church planting efforts: • Will you consider a partnership of $100, $150, or $200 per month? • Prayer Partnership?
Questions? I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly (Jn 10:10).