Trusting God and Walking in Faith

My wife and I are embarking on a new journey. We have been led to plant a church in Elkins, WV. It has been weighing on my heart for quite some time, but it recently became a reality.

I am working with New Community Church in Buckhannon, WV as a Church Planter in Residence. It has been a great learning experience, discovering aspects about my leadership and understanding more about the call to plant. I am looking forward to July when I am able to go forward with the vision God has laid on my heart.

There will be much more to come and I will be sharing ways for you to get involved.

We held an informational meeting in regards to the vision and purpose of the church. We recognize the need to empower and equip people to pursue their God given potential and purpose. We want to see people come to understand their own personal calling and give them the opportunity to serve towards whatever they feel God leading them to do.

We want people to see that church is meant to be more than a Sunday experience, but a life experience. How can they be using their talents to serve God daily? How can they be utilizing their gifts for the glory of God to enhance their community, families, workplace, etc.? We hope the church we plant will provide the answer.

We are working with other churches to serve together. We don’t want to be a church doing work on our own, but a church that strives to serve as a part of the Church. We are together in ministry and purpose.

It is going to be a fun journey.

Yet, I am learning and discovering that my trust in God has to increase and my faith will be tested. As I begin to inform people and spread the word, I have to trust God will provide the resources and people necessary to accomplish the mission. I have to keep my faith in tact as people don’t come or money is limited. It is going to be fun, but stressful at times.

However, a friend of mine said, “It will be stressful, but stress that is well worth it.” The call to plant a church cannot be taken lightly, let alone being called to being a pastor. The cost is heavy, but the reward is eternal.

The stress might be real, but the hope that is revealed through the work, to those who are lost and separated from christ, will make it all worth it.

My request from you in this time as a reader, please pray. Pray for my leadership and discipline. Pray for my family. Pray for my wife and I to maintain a healthy relationship and balance with each other.

If you would like any information, please message me bobby@bobbybenavides.me. Otherwise, stay tuned as the planting process begins.

Peace and blessings friends.

QUESTION: What would attract you to a new church?

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