I want to start a series of ongoing posts introducing our Redemption family to other church families in the A29 network. I want us to realize more and more what we are a part of and what God is doing in other churches around the country, so we can pray with them and for them because we are all on this mission together.
I wanted to begin with introducing you to Brent Rood and Seed Church. Brent was one of the three Acts 29 planters that did Tami and I's assessment and he is now serving Redemption by providing coaching to me. Say, "Hello" to Seed Church...
City: Lynnwood, WA
Lead Planter: Brent Rood
What is the story of Seed Church?
"About 8 years ago a group of 5 families were meeting in a home in Greenville, SC to pray and prepare for moving to Seattle and starting a church. Five years ago in April, after moving out to Seattle, and spending a year and a half getting adjusted we had our first service in a coffee shop. Since then we have moved to two locations. Our current project is merging with a dying Baptist congregation and inheriting their property and facilities."
What have been the two greatest obstacles you have faced in your plant?
1) Regularly running into specific barriers or problems that couldn’t be solved through reading a book or going to a conference. We had to prayerfully figure stuff out ourselves and experiment.
2) Those first time situations in the plant. The first time you have to install elders, or leaders. The first time you do a wedding or funeral. The first time someone in your church has cancer, has an affair, or needs to go through church discipline.
What has been the greatest step of faith you have taken in your plant?
There are so many it is hard to list just one. Each time a decision is made to step forward in a direction without adequate money, people trained, or even a clear and fully developed plan it takes faith. This happens in both small and large ways each and every month.
What one piece of counsel would you give to a young church plant?
Figure out early that prayer is truly the most important action plan of your church plant team. Learn to pray proactively so you don’t have to learn to pray reactively.
What are some ways Redemption can be praying for you, your family, and your church?
1) The merge is supposed to happen in September and we have spent the last five months meeting every morning with the other churches leadership to make this as smooth as possible. Pray for unity and that the merge will happen.
2) We are in the process of re-focusing our missional direction. It has involved analyzing what our community looks like in our new location and how specifically to engage.
Thanks, Brent, for all God is doing through you at Seed Church and for all you are doing to serve Redemption!