Red Deer, Alberta
Note: the following Church Planting Update was going to first be given as a Family Chat in our services on March 15. Due to the cancellation of services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to give that update in person, but wanted to get this information to you, rather than wait until services are back.
Red Deer, Alberta
Note: Our Financial Statements for the past five years are available at our Welcome Desk, to anyone who wants a copy. You can also pick up a copy of the summarized budget for the current year.
We are very thankful to God for the work He continues to do at RBC St. Thomas. As of year-end, the new name was officially changed, small groups are starting up, Kids Ministry is hitting its stride, worship services are a blessing to all with a rich time in worship and the Word, they have a fully vetted and installed elders team leading the church, and the staff is healthy (although very busy). God continues to draw people as attendance increases regularly and the people are engaged and worshipping, walking, and working for God. Continue to pray for sustained growth, finances, working toward financial independence, and the startup of other ministries in 2020 (youth, men’s, and women’s).
A difficult, but necessary decision was made in January to shut down the operation of Vertical Church in Melbourne Australia. This decision was recommended by the planting pastor, Adrian, and his core group, in agreement with Norm, as the overseeing elder, and our RBC London elder team. Adrian and his core group have faithfully served God and given their all to launch this new church, but there were a number of factors that worked together to bring us to this hard decision, due to the lack of a reasonable belief that this church could get to a sustainable size. These factors included the very secular and hard soil of Melbourne Australia, the lack of additional cohort churches to partner with us in GCC, the necessity for several moves of location for this young and fragile church (finding viable rental space for a church is very difficult in a city like Melbourne) and each of these moves, although at times brought new people, also caused committed people to drop out due to travel distances. We thank God for the fruit that was produced by God in the nearly two years this church did gospel ministry as lives were touched and God was glorified. Please pray for pastor Adrian as he begins the process of looking for new full-time employment and pray for his core group as they all process this loss and change.