Our church began in the most difficult form of church plant, the parachute drop. In a PD a church planter and spouse move to a new community without a team or any other accoutrements. In short, they “parachute” into town.
And that’s what we did.
We knew no one in our town and not much about our town except that it was home to a new University of California and it was exploding in new home growth. We purchased a house, and my wife got a job. And then we started.
It took a year to figure things out and get really established in our new town. Later, in 2008, the national press called our town “Ground Zero” because we were the first place to experience the horrible collapse in housing prices and resulting bankruptcies. Our nascent church felt the impact as many of our chicks moved away looking for work.
This story is important because of the strength and resolve of the folks who the recession left behind. Their commitment enabled them to persevere through those difficult years, and now our church is back to strength. Children’s voices echo as our church gathers for Sunday worship, and welcomes visitors warmly into our community.
Now we’re thinking more about the future. Including finding the ideal person to come and join in the work we are doing here. It’s not easy work, but it is exciting and fulfilling. Our folks are hungry for God, eager to serve, and warm in their love. We also just celebrated our tenth year as a church. Unheard of in parachute drops with their 85% failure rate.
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