Church Planting for Dummies

by Rick Burke If you were a missionary heading into an unreached people group, how would you plant a new church? Would you rent a building, purchase sound equipment, get a guitar, make some signs, put an ad in the local newspaper, purchase some advertising on billboards around town, and run radio ads? Would you pray and then plan a launch date, write a sermon and plan some music with high expectations for people to come? If you did, my guess would be that

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First Free’s Serve St. Louis, Tweaked

by Laura Calys Serving to have impact in people’s lives is one of the desired outcomes of Serve St. Louis. The question I ask myself when planning for this event (and others) is, “Should the impact to be in our lives, or the lives of those we serve?” My answer is both. We have participated in Serve St. Louis for the past several years, and I have seen a trend at First Free and other churches. As the number of people participating from

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Stories from the Field – Dan & Jamie Hartke

Dan and Jamie serve at Camp Forest Springs in Westboro, Wisconsin, where he is the Youth Specialist. His newsletter recounted this good story. In the last weeks, they have had 67 campers pray to receive Christ in the sessions or with their counselors! Dan writes, “I feel it is very appropriate to write to you in the midst of our youth camps (3 down and 3 to go!), to celebrate what God is doing and THANK YOU for partnering with us in this work! Without your

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Points of Interest

August Mission Community Lunch on Sunday, August 7th. This lunch will take place directly after second service in the Activity Center. Ryan and Shannon Potter will share what God has done in their lives the past two years. After one year in France for language learning and then one year in the Congo, they have amassed so many new life experiences to share. We will also feature two summer mission teams from Ironton, MO and Dresden, Germany. Both have stories of God at work

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Prayer for Missions and Missionaries

1. God is on the move in the lives of those served by our short term teams! Please pray that as the seeds of faith are planted, many will sprout will grow into strong followers of Jesus. 2. Please pray that the Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) and Mustard Seed Group (MSG) would welcome strangers to their ministries as they share the gospel and their lives with the Chinese community in St. Louis. 3. Many of our missionaries live in remote and difficult places. Please

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