In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Simply put, we desire to be hard workers in God’s harvest field. That means living our lives on God’s mission. As God brings the harvest of new disciples, new churches are needed.
Our Church Planting Ministry seeks to establish new churches who themselves have a vision from the beginning to plant new churches. It’s how the story of Jesus spread in the first century and the same is true today for our city, nation, and world. We are currently working to establish new churches in Ecuador, Calgary, and right here in DFW. We are also exploring new possibilities across the country and even overseas.
Downtown Calgary, Alberta
In partnership with other churches in the United States and Canada, we are supporting a team of young people who are living their lives on mission in a section of downtown Calgary called East Village. East Village is in major transition from being a forgotten part of the city to being the center of commerce and culture for the whole city. Our team will be some of the very first new residents in East Village. They will simply live life and build community with each other inviting others along the way. Their mission is to multiply disciples, multiply leaders, multiply groups, and trust God to make decisions about “a church” along the way.
We will be sending teams there throughout the year as well to simply serve people. Our objective is to put trust in the bank account of our full time team so that their message of the gospel will fall on open hearts.
To receive a monthly newsletter about this church planting effort, please email Blanca Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are establishing partnerships with local churches and leaders in Quito for the purpose of planting new churches together in the area. Our first project together will be in Las Marias, a small community in a suburb of Quito called Tumbaco. Our church has been sending teams to Las Marias since 2010, leading Bible clubs for kids, ministering to the adults, and just serving the people in a variety of ways. God has blessed this ministry and it has certainly helped many of our people discover their own missionary identity as they have served sacrificially there. We are taking some key steps toward establishing a community of faith in this neighborhood.
Our primary investment in Ecuador is people. We desire to send as many people to Ecuador to serve alongside local Christian leaders in gospel-centered ministry. In order to make it easy to send people, we have rented a large apartment in the Tumbaco suburb of Quito. This apartment is equipped with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths and sleeps up to 22 people. It is available to First Grapevine families and teams year round. Although, this apartment is a tremendous help for our ministry there, its primary purpose is to help our people grow in their understanding of the missionary God has called them to be.
Iglesia Bautista La Vid – Grapevine
La Vid is a Spanish language church that has roots in Grapevine. They were planted in 2009 out of FBC Colleyville and are now located in Hurst but have a vision to plant a campus in Grapevine. We have formed a partnership with La Vid to see this vision become a reality. Beginning in April of 2017, we have begun to host Spanish bible studies on Tuesday mornings and Sunday mornings on our campus at Just Off Main (southwest corner of our property). We are excited to see God move in reaching, growing, and expanding La Vid in the Spanish speaking community of Grapevine. Whether you would like to join or serve at La Vid, there are various ways to be a part of this vision. You don’t have to know Spanish to be able to serve.
To learn more about La Vid visit www.iblavid.com or contact Pastor Philip Levant at email@example.com.