The starting of a congregation in a new residential development, with a neighboring “mother church,” and district support is not new. That is pretty typical for LCMS mission starts, at least it used to be. What is “new” is that the promotional video is really high quality and does not insult the intelligence of the average layman. It explains all the rationale going on behind this mission plant, so that your layman donor knows that everything has been well-thought out with long-term planning. Furthermore, it reassures the donor (or congregation that might support it) that the daughter congregation is going to look and feel like the mother congregation; it won’t be something totally new in style, worship, etc.
I think that District President Brian Saunders and his crew did an excellent job on the planning for this mission start and on this video. I hope that it becomes a model in other districts for future mission plants.
Found on Scott Diekmann’s blog Stand Firm:
There’s a new church plant in town, at least if the town is North Liberty, Iowa. What’s it’s name? Agua’s Trough? Washington Knolls? The Back Street? No, try Saint Silas Lutheran Church. This new church plant, located just northwest of Iowa City, is being supported by Iowa District East. Pastor Andrew Richard, the Assistant Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel in Iowa City is planting the seed. As you might have guessed from the name, this is not a plant based on a seeker sensitive model, it’s a liturgical church with an emphasis on Law and Gospel. I’m sure they will appreciate your prayers as they endeavor to spread God’s Word in an area that sorely needs to hear it. If you’d like to help water that seed with a contribution, contact Rev. Dr. Dean F. Rothchild, Iowa District East LCMS, 1100 Blairs Ferry Road, Marion, IA 52302. Here’s the details: