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'He turns the desert into pools of water' Psalm 107:35


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Spiritual Journey

“You can pray for me but not with me.” That was the response of a young woman to my request to pray about the upcoming court date she had just finished telling me about. She went on to explain that she had been raised Catholic, baptized in a Baptist church, and her current boyfriend was teaching her about Wicca. “I believe there is a god, I just don’t know which one it is. Maybe Buddhism is right. Why try? I might get it wrong.”

Another man I met said he has no interest in church. He was raised Mormon and resented being forced to go to church as a child. So now he doesn’t.

What I have found in talking to people about faith is that most individuals believe in a spiritual aspect of life. But like the two people mentioned above, there are usually barriers that keep these seekers from Jesus. Tim Keller calls these barriers Defeater Beliefs. He has a helpful article on the subject here:

http://www.case.edu.au/images/uploads/03_pdfs/keller-deconstructing-defeater.pdf

It is our job as believers to help identify and respond to these barriers. Obviously, we cannot see people’s hearts. What we can do is pray for discernment and learn to be better listeners. In most cases, a person willing to have a spiritual conversation is also willing to tell you where they are, or at least think they are. In some instances, I use the back of my business card to provide the person with a framework for thinking of next steps.

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Where are you on your spiritual journey? Where do you want to be? How can I help you get there? Asking these or other simple questions is a great way to practice listening and gathering information to help you respond as well as possible. Listening well builds trust and opens the door for me to then share about my own spiritual journey and talk about Jesus.

If you read the article by Tim Keller, where do you think the two individuals I spoke to said they were on their spiritual journey? What are the defeater beliefs that are standing between them and Jesus?

Where are you on your spiritual journey? What is your next step?


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Community Mapping

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One of our first tasks as church planters in a new city is to become experts on our community. In a metro this size, that can be overwhelming. We currently live in the Southeast Metro in Mesa, AZ. Mesa is home to over 450,000 people. That is roughly the size of Atlanta, GA! One of the methods we are using to become familiar with our surroundings is called community mapping.

Community mapping helps us to chart the reality that is our mission field. What is life like for our neighbors? We find out by observation and asking lots of questions. What are the housing conditions? Where do people spend their money? Where do people gather and spend their free time? Who are the local heroes? What churches are already in the area and how are they serving the community? What are the local issues that keep people awake at night? Where are the points of light or darkness?

You can use your map to keep track of all kinds of valuable information. Where are people most open to spiritual conversations? Where are they most resistant? Where are the physical or social barriers?

When creating your map, it is important to work within a two mile radius from where you live or where your church meets. Most people who are new to faith will not travel more than two miles to get to church.

You can learn more about community mapping from Stan Granberg at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=46wPk0VeFSw

How well do you know your community?

Michael

Luke 10:2


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Welcome to Arizona!

One of the phrases we have picked up on while working with Kairos Church Planting has been “No one plants alone.” This framed note from the church staff at the Southwest Church of Christ is a great reminder of that ideal. The prayerful support of so many friends is invaluable as we continue to explore and get acclimated to our new environment. We can do nothing worthwhile apart from God and the blessing of godly people. We have been surrounded by people who believe in what God will do through this new community of faith. From friends at Northside in Blytheville, the church in Senath that was the first congregation to partner with us, and so many other friends and family members who have come alongside of us to direct our focus to God… We are not planting alone!

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We thank God for those who are pursuing God alongside us, both near and far. We are especially grateful for Jonathan and Meghan Teel (and their sons Asher and Ezra!), Cliff and Chastity Henry, and Thomas Hamlet for their partnership in starting a new church for new people! God is doing great things and we are along for the ride.

God bless,

Michael

Contact us to find out how you can help! mjchaffin13@hotmail.com * 870-476-5289

Why Plant?

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World Population Whenever we are talking with people we think would be good team members or financial supporters, one of the most important things we can communicate to them is the urgency we feel to spread the gospel to areas that are largely unchurched. We show them the graph above, which illustrates the massive population growth over the past century. We live in an unprecedented time — from 1950-2050, the world’s population is projected to grow larger than it has been in the previous centuries combined. That is why we are so excited about the idea of planting in Phoenix. It is the 6th-largest city in America, and one that is growing rapidly. It is also one that is consistently in the top ten unchurched cities lists. With 4.6 million people living in the expanding Phoenix metro area, we feel like this is a prime time and location to plant a church. We want to launch a godly community that models the power of the gospel to bring salvation, new creation, and life transformation. We appreciate everyone who has taken the time to visit our blog, and we ask for your prayers and any other support you are willing to give. If you would like to contact us, please fill out the form below.