Last week the Church Planting Teams of the CRC and RCA came together for two days of "meetings". Some of you may be aware that the CRC and RCA are working together to catalyze mission in North America. About two years ago the Church Multiplication Initiative was started. In the last 24 months there have been 10 regional areas (called Kingdom Enterprise Zones) that have been established to build sustainable church multiplication systems and to begin new churches. We never imagined that this would be the reality back in February 2010.
It is out of the multiplication effort that our "meetings" last week were birthed. We have discovered that we can do more together and that we are better together.
As you have noticed every time the word "meetings" comes up there are quotation marks. The reason is these "meetings" were not what some (certainly no one reading the blog, of course) would think of when two denominational teams get together. There was excitement, dreaming, casting vision, looking to ways to deepen joint church multiplication, and the beginning of a wonderful picture of our future together. In short, there was powerful, Spirit-charged momentum.
In the coming weeks we will share those dreams and visions with you in more detail, for now celebrate with us and pray for the momentum. It is an exciting time to be part of the joint work of CPDLT and the RCA's Church Multiplication Team.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb 12:1–2 ESV)