The following is our plan for starting Walls Down Church:
We will be moving to Cincinnati in July. Our church planting residency with Mountain Lake Church & Churchplanters.com will have come to an end. For what it’s worth, this residency has been worth the investment of a year!
During these first couple of months we will be busy! We will be:
- Getting settled into a new area (moving in, meeting neighbors, finding doctors, etc.)
- Getting “The Ladies” settled into their schools
- Securing a meeting place for Walls Down Church
- Continuing to raise funds for Walls Down Church
- Continuing to recruit and develop the Walls Down ministry team (i.e. staff)
- Refining and finalizing the “Walls Down Way” (our church systems – you can see the progress here)
- Continuing to develop the “Core Group” -the group of people that will soon be Walls Down Church!
During our first few months on the ground we are going to be making as many connections as possible! Building relationships, making friends, being in the community, etc. are all a part of what we will be doing from our first day on the ground.
In October we will have two informational meetings. At this point we are planning on having these meetings on the 12th and the 26th.
In these meetings we will be sharing the Walls Down mission: to help people discover the life Jesus promised. We will be sharing what Walls Down is going to be and do and inviting people to join us.
(For a summary of what that looks like check out Walls Down On a Page).
During this month we will be putting the final touches on our church systems because next month we start working them!
In November we will start meeting every weekend with our Core Group!
During these times together we will continue to teach the vision and mission of Walls Down and begin recruiting volunteers!
The great thing about working on our systems ahead of time is that we know exactly what is needed in terms of volunteers: children’s workers, parking team, first impressions team, creative arts team, etc. During November we will be recruiting for these roles and doing some basic training with our volunteers.
During this whole time we will still be building relationships in the community, raising funds, developing our ministry leaders, and caring for our families!
On November 23rd we will be hosting a “First Brick Down Dinner” for our partners who have partnered with us financially. During this celebration we will be showing our financial partners what their giving has enabled us to do! Included in this dinner will be representatives from other churches, business owners,individual donors, and people from our own Core Group who have invested money into Walls Down Church!
In December we will continue meeting weekly with our Core Group! Only now we will be actually “doing” church! I am calling these “practice” services because they will enable us to practice setting up and tearing down. They will allow us to fine tune our sound systems, work the kinks out of our children’s check-in process, figure out the best way to create a “familiar” environment, etc. all before we start publicly!
On December 4-7, we will be hosting a missions team from Mountain Lake Church! This team will help us in several ways:
- Community service project(s)
- Marketing (e.g. door hangers, etc.)
- Encouragement for our Core Group
- Fine tuning our set-up processes
During the month of December we will be promoting heavily our Christmas Eve Service! We are going to make a HUGE push to the community to join us on Christmas Eve… a preview of things to come and a celebration of many good things! At this service we will invite them to come back for our “Start” on January 4.
On Sunday, December 28th we are going to “take a break” and just celebrate what God is doing in and through our Core Group. It will be a day of rest, fun, celebration, and preparation for the next Sunday… January 4!
On January 4, God willing, Walls Down Church will go public!
Thanks to each of you who are traveling this journey with us!
Keep praying, giving, and watching as we get closer to January 4!