For the past 20 years, I’ve sought to help people discover what it means to live for Jesus. The mission of Jesus has allowed me the privilege of connecting with many great people in many great places, and we want to let you know what’s next for the Lawrence family.
In God’s grace, we are planting a new church in the great state of Oklahoma! While details are still to be determined, we will locate in the Edmond / Oklahoma City area. Having grown up in Edmond, this is a return to a place I love dearly. With family and friends in the area, Nan and our kids are very excited about the move. We can’t wait to be there!
Oklahoma City is a great city with thriving churches. We are humbled to join that movement of God, doing what we can to help many people in the area experience life and hope in Christ.
Every life tells a story, and each of us need to encounter God in a way that rescues our story, restores our soul, and relaunches us to live for Jesus. I believe many people long for a authentic connection with Jesus and the life he dreams for us. We can’t wait to see who God brings to our community to walk with us in this journey.
We hope that many of you will jump in with us to help make this dream a reality. Like any start-up venture, we need to raise a significant amount of money in the initial stages of our launch. Would you be willing to partner with us?
I’ve included a description of ways you can help below, as well as links to our partner organizations who oversee our ministry and finances. We would love to meet with you to tell you more about the vision God is calling us to accomplish.
If you subscribe to my blog, I’ll send you updates so that you can stay engaged with our journey.
We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us all,
Jeff, Nan, Mike, Luke, Jake and Kate
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4 WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Please pray: (1) our house to sell in Chapel Hill, NC, (2) a smooth transition for our family, (3) a fantastic ministry team to come together, (4) hundreds of financial partners who catch the vision, (5) God’s glory to be made known every step of the way.
We are trying to raise three years worth of salaries and ministry budget so that we can do the hard work of missionaries. Please consider supporting us monthly for one to three years, or supporting us with a one-time gift.
GIVING OPTIONS: Go to http://redemptionokc.com/give/
We believe that God will lead many who already live in Oklahoma to join our new movement, and we also believe that he may prompt some people to move to Oklahoma to join us as missionaries on the ground. If this is you, email me at email@example.com.
✯ SPREAD THE WORD
Do you know anyone who would be interested in our work? We would like to make as many connections as possible with pastors, Christians and non-Christians, so please let us know if you think of someone who would enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal with us. Also, please share this news with your friends and followers via Facebook, Twitter, Email, and more.
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We are partnering with Fellowship Associates as I join their Church Planting Residency Program in August. This will provide us with great coaches and partners from fantastic churches like Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock, The Village Church, The Austin Stone Community Church, Fellowship Church of Memphis, and Fellowship Church of Denver. Fellowship Associates will also oversee our finances.
We are partnering with the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. Part of our dream is to be a church planting church. By this I mean that we are committed to helping other new churches get started in the future. Acts 29 provides church planters with training, resources and a network of gospel-centered, missional churches across denominational lines.
We believe in the vision and call God has on your lives but will miss our visits to chapel hill greatly…
Thanks, friend. Look on the bright side…you won’t have as many reminders that Clemson still hasn’t won in Chapel Hill. Or, maybe you move closer to OKC?? Appreciate the encouragement, always.
I am an hour from the Oklahoma State Line. If you ever come through Wichita Falls, let me know if you have a few minutes for a coke.
Sounds great. Let’s connect once we get settled in the area. Thanks!
Oh Jeff, this is SO wonderful! Praying for you all, and for your requests. Our God is SO big… yet so “in the details”. Blessings, Beth McKee
Thanks, Beth. Appreciate the prayers to our big God who doesn’t miss the smallest thing.
Jeff, I would love to meet with you and introduce you to some connections in the OKC area. Please let me know if/when you will be in OKC and my wife and I would love to enjoy a cup of coffee with you. PJ Mendicki referenced your friendship when pointing me to your blog.
Rob, I’d enjoy that. Would you email your contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll be in touch. Thanks for reaching out. Jeff
So excited for you….praying and hope to see you ….OK is closer to D….BLESSINGS, Dianne
Thanks, Dianne. Would love that. Let’s make it happen soon.
Jeff, Matt and I will be praying for you and your family! We’ve been a part of church plants, so it’s a ministry dear to our hearts. So excited for you! Anna Walker (for Matt, too)
Thanks, Anna. Thanks for the prayers. We look forward to all that God will do!