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PARTNERS IN                            wonderful times of worship,
PLANTING                               teaching, and fellowship.
                                       We each were welcome to
On Friday, October 28, and             share our church planting
                                       stories with each other and
Saturday, October 29, Mission USA      our ideas with the group
                                       concerning outreach,
hosted the first Partners in Planting  guest retention, and follow
                                       up plans. Our Saturday
retreat at the General Headquarters    morning time began
                                       with a great time of Holy
in Griffin, Georgia. The event was     Communion. Last but not
                                       least, our event concluded
for current church planters, those     with a catered luncheon
                                       from Chick-fil-a.
with hearts interested in planting,
                                           Statistics show that a
and those who believe in us and        new church can reach more
                                       new converts in the first
support church planting for our        few years than those which
                                       have been established for
nation. District and General level     many years. The future of
                                       our denomination is strongly
leaders from our organization were     tied to our ability to plant
                                       new congregations that thrive. The
present to prayerfully encourage us.   harvest is ripe and we need faithful
                                       laborers to answer the call. Jesus
                     We were           teaches us in Matthew 9 that the
                                       first thing we need to do is pray to
                     blessed to        the Lord that laborers will be sent
                                       into His harvest. We know that God
                     have Bishop       is faithful to provide for the needs
                                       of the Great Commission, but many
                     Randy Carter,     more must be faithful to answer the
                                       call.
                     newly elected
                                           My wife, Lynn, and I received
                     General           encouragement for the mission, and    fees. Sponsors included district
                                       we will be staying the course. We     presbyteries, local churches, and
                     Superintendent    are grateful for all of the sponsors  individuals: the North Alabama
                                       that made this event possible by      District CHC (Evangelism and Home
                     of the            providing for the expenses. This      Mission Department), the Florida
                                       made it possible for us to have       District CHC Presbytery (Hodges,
                     Pentecostal       the event without registration        Lyons, Griffis, Surrency, and Dugger),
                                                                             the Central Georgia District CHC
                     Free Will                                               District Presbytery (Smith, Jones,
                                                                             Sansbury, Boroff, and Lumley),
Bishop Randy Carter  Baptist                                                 the North Georgia District CHC
                     (headquartered                                          Presbytery (Spence, Martin, Graham,
                                                                             Reynolds, and Poole), Christ Chapel
in Dunn, North Carolina) as our                                              (Zebulon, Georgia) and Pastor Billy
                                                                             Smith, Christian Heritage Church
speaker. Reverend Carter is a                                                (Graniteville, South Carolina) and
                                                                             Pastor Stephen Phillips, Family
certified instructor with Dynamic                                            Worship Center (Griffin, Georgia) and
                                                                             Pastor Jonathan English, Jubilee
Church Planting International. He                                            Christian Fellowship (Montgomery,
                                                                             Alabama) and Pastor Mark Pate,
and his wife are seasoned church                                             Woodstock Park CHC (Jacksonville,
                                                                             Florida) and Pastor George Dugger,
planters. We sat and listened to                                             Rhema Worship Center (Odenville,
                                                                             Alabama) and Pastor Woody Salter,
the personal stories of his church                                           Rev. and Mrs. Justin Griffis, and Rev.
                                                                             and Mrs. William Strickland.
plants. Many of us could identify
                                                                                 I encourage each member,
with his experiences. We laughed                                             pastor, and congregation of the
                                                                             Congregational Holiness Church to
and even cried as he shared with us                                          hear the call and help us do our part
                                                                             toward Great Commission fulfillment.
his successes and failures. It was                                           It’s as simple as being faithful to pray
                                                                             and becoming a monthly contributor
refreshing to hear from someone                                              to Mission USA.

who knows our hearts. We enjoyed                                                                                 ­—Mark Pate

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