“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Upon arrival at All Saints, Dave+ and Chris+ began vision casting for a daughter church somewhere in the Jacksonville area. (All Saints already desiring such, hence hiring Chris+ for this purpose). After four months of vision casting, the call to form a launch team and begin meeting was issued. The first meeting was held in Swansboro on January 1st with an attendance of 13. The second meeting was held on February 5th with an attendance of 28. Those in attendance living in or around Swansboro and Jacksonville, and included two members of ADHOPE clergy, the Senior Warden of All Saints, and a Diaconal candidate.
The launch team meets regularly on the first three Sundays of each month at a local coffee shop in Swansboro for training, mission, vision, and worship. This team is forming with an Anglican model (see below), an ethos of multiplying a future church plant from this one, in order to fulfill the Great Commission and walk in step with the vision of ADHOPE.
The plant’s schedule and location will adjust over the next several months as a leadership team emerges, training and contributions increase, and the team is fully prepared for public worship.
All Saints’ leadership has a peace-filled confidence that the Lord is drawing us in the direction of Swansboro, which is approximately 25 minutes west of All Saints:
o During Fr. Lee’s first week at All Saints, the Lord led us to a coffee shop in Swansboro, which has since served as a place for off-site Bible studies and small group gatherings. For the time being, it will serve as our hub of operations in Swansboro. (Recently, the owner of the coffee shop has come to work part-time for All Saints.)
oAll Saints Newport/MHC is the closest biblical, three-stream place of worship anywhere near Swansboro. Over the past several years, All Saints has experienced an influx of transfer membership from the Swansboro area. These new members have proven to be active and fully engaged in the life of All Saints, even with a drive of approximately 30 minutes. Several have indicated a willingness to support a new work closer to home.
o We have several members, including a priest and deacon, who live in Jacksonville, which is another 20-30 minutes beyond Swansboro. These leaders are already committed to (and already actively engaged in) helping create this new work in Swansboro.
o We believe that availability of supportive All Saints’ members – whether they remain with the new work for the long haul – will serve as an encouragement in its formation.
o While Swansboro is a small town of 3,800, it is adjacent to Hubert (population of 16,000) and not far from Jacksonville (73,000).