“Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.”
- Tim Keller -
Why Whatcom County—
85% of Whatcom County residents don’t regularly attend a church
Bellingham and Whatcom County are north of Seattle and only minutes away from the Canadian border. City streets are filled with coffee shops and bicycles, berry farms dot the country side and the horizon is filled out with glaciated peaks and forested islands. Many people consider this place paradise and it’s not hard to find heaven in the many faces and corners of the community.
We believe the fundamental need of our community is spiritual: disconnect from our Maker. And the lasting cure for our community is the Gospel. Through Jesus, God is reclaiming what was lost and renewing people to represent his love in their vocations and relationships. Our vision is that this church plant would be for the good of our community. Thriving churches make for thriving cities. We want another church in Bellingham because we want to see the city flourish in a way that brings deep, lasting transformation.
Why Church Plant—
The gospel is not just the illustration of an idea. It is the story of actions by which the human situation is irreversibly changed.
Church planting is the ultimate expression of the church’s mission. The Gospel of Matthew ends with a command to baptize and teach. This finds its most acute expression in the formation of new worshiping communities. The early church spread primarily through church planting. And the church continues to grow today through church planting.
But the rationale for church planting is deeper than a few select passages from the New Testament. It’s about The Story that intersects with our stories. It’s about a good world that was lost and is now being recreated. And it’s about a new future world when heaven and earth become one. The church is where this past and future intersect. Church plants tell this Story. They live the Story. And they share this Story.