Church planting has been an amazing journey! It is undoubtedly the process of creating something from nothing and allowing God to stretch and test your faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This scripture describes my unwavering faith journey with Image Church!
One question I get asked all the time as church planter is “Hey man, I love what you are doing but where do y’all worship?” (Church planters in Texas say y’all)
Not having the answer can feel embarrassing at times because I have a church and no physical location. Ultimately, I believe the church is not a building and this belief is necessary for church planters because many church plants do not start in a building (some begin their journey in a house, garage, etc.).
When we dialogue about reaching lost and hurting people there must be a place where people can assemble, the gospel can be preached, and multiplication can take place. For example, building an extra wing on a house may not be the best idea and definitely won’t get past my wife without a worthy discussion. As the gospel is being preached how do we account for expansion? How do we have a location that is safe, spacious, and accommodating?
One day after having lunch with my Dad, I told him that we were looking for a building. He quickly said, “A member at our church is the principal of a school, you should contact her.” Again, God tells me not to worry and provides an answer to our prayers.
Weeks later we met with the principal, signed the paperwork with the school district, and now we have a location!
I am proud to announce that Hemmenway Elementary School is the location where Image Church will worship! Hemmenway is a brand new school that is located close the Grand Parkway right in the middle of Katy and Cypress. The population is very diverse but most importantly, the Principal Dr. Jae Simpson-Butler is amazing!
We are so excited about the many lives that will be changed at Hemmenway Elementary and cannot wait till our first preview service is April 2017!
Continue to keep us in your prayers and we fearlessly and faithfully pursue the calling of God in Cypress, TX.