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Dan Nichols: Helping to Build the Church
Where many of us might see a need, Dan Nichols sees an opportunity.
Recently appointed as a North American church-planter with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Dan is seizing an opportunity to make a powerful impact for Christ in the city of Wilkes-Barre, PA.
A Pastoral Ministries major at BBC, Dan is a 2010 graduate and is currently working on his Master of Arts degree. Before focusing on the church-planting effort, Dan served as a BBC Admissions Counselor.
I'm a pre-field church-planter. I'm spending most of my time building a foundation of prayer, teammates, and finances. Partnering with ABWE has proven to be extremely valuable. The leadership and experience they bring is significant. Hopefully our church-planting movement will be able to help ABWE's North America church-planting scene. We're also examining a partnership with Project Jerusalem at Baptist Bible Seminary.
The church is people, and planting churches means you spiritually invest in people by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are attempting to establish "communities of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and obey Scripture by organizing under qualified leadership, gathering regularly for preaching and worship, observing the biblical ordinances of baptism and communion... and scattering to fulfill the greatest commandments and Great Commission as missionaries to the world for God's glory and their joy." That's the technical answer.
Church planting means praying like you've never prayed before, getting mentored by pastors and spiritual leaders, building relationships, networking, and then praying even more than you were praying before.
Dennis D'Augostine, the lead pastor at Steamtown Church in Scranton, asked me to lead a house church. Apparently, he had done a little homework on me before. That was my first entry-point into the Scranton church. We are partnering with Steamtown in a "one church-multiple plants" model, something we've kind of created based on the need and the leadership God's put in place.
Scranton has seen a revival of church-planting, which is awesome! We want the same thing for Wilkes-Barre. Just have a conversation with any Christian from that area. Every single person will say the same thing: Tons of spiritual darkness. The entire northeast corner of America is that way, and the gospel needs to flood the cities.
We want to restore the city of Wilkes-Barre by communicating the good news of Jesus with our lives. We want to give every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to hear and see the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also want to establish several local churches that I described above.
We are in the pre-conception phase. We're praying, raising money, building a team, making plans, being mentored, and going to the city. I've preached at the Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission in Wilkes-Barre several times. There's so much going on, but it's exhilarating.
The pre-conception phase is fun; it's like the honeymoon stage of marriage. Teammates are joining; prayer is constant; networks are connecting. Once that's over, we'll be in for some hard times. But our God is a big God.
I know God wants me to give my life to two things specifically: publicly communicating the gospel and leadership development. Those are concrete, and I will do those two things until I die.
People can pray, partner, finance, and network. Honestly, the best thing people can do at this point is send out our promo video to as many people as they can. I'm also trying to raise financial support.
Watch the video here.
Learn more about steps for funding the vision here.
Learn more about the Pastoral Ministries program at BBC here.
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Posted on: 9/6/2011 1:39:25 PM
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