Sunday at Snow Hill

A Special Guest – Allan Karr

 

More than ten years ago we responded to a request to help plant a church in Douglass County, Colorado. Allan Karr contacted me and asked if we would consider helping financially with the dream of a new church.

We took the matter under prayerful consideration and agree to a three year commitment to help start Castle Valley Community Church. Allan was recently profiled by Oklahoma Baptist University where we met as Freshmen. Here is a clip from that profile, 

"I got a call from Golden Gate Seminary about joining The Nehemiah Project," he said. "The North American Mission Board and Golden Gate have a partnership with the project, and they both asked me to join."


At the time, Karr did not feel led to leave Colorado, so the seminary offered for him to stay in the area. Karr signed on to become a professor of church planting for the seminary and he also was designated as a national missionary by the North American Mission Board, serving as a director for The Nehemiah Project, helping to better equip church planters.


Karr quickly found that he received more than just a teaching position. He also had the opportunity to work with a multitude of diverse cultures, backgrounds and languages.


"I really get to be like a foreign missionary," he said. "Ninety percent of my time I spend with international people, especially with my students. It is very diverse, which I like. It's my passion."

 


Karr's work with his students further motivated him to continue church planting in his own community, and to integrate different models of churches his students and his family had encountered around the world.


"We wanted to experiment with a church of a different model," he said. "We wanted to figure out a way that we could save money and use people who had other full time careers, but also wanted to be involved in the ministry."


Karr and his family then began the Ethne Church Network, a collection of churches which share the vision to reach all people groups. The network churches, primarily meeting in homes, began to multiply. Some were started by Karr's former students.

 

Now made up of about 17 churches, with almost 800 people involved, the network has grown to include churches designed for specific people groups in the area. The churches aim to transform the communities around them.


"The church has grown to be what the name is, a church for all people groups," he said.


 Sometimes folks hear the "Pastor" will not be preaching and believe that is a day to take off. Let me encourage you to set that conventional habit aside and share in our worship gathering on Sunday as we host Allan in our time together.

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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