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SEND RDU // Advancethechurch

Blog readers: This is a great note from one of the guys I work closely with here at The Summit. You should definitely consider being at the advancethechurch event next week

Guest Blogger: Mike McDaniel, Director of SendRDU

This morning I had the opportunity to share in Southeastern Seminary’s chapel service about SendRDU. I felt like I was preaching to the choir. Danny Akin and the faculty at Southeastern have a tremendous heart for church planting.

As I told them, talking to seminary students about church planting felt a little like lecturing homeschoolers on the value of big families, or telling a tree-hugger why they should recycle. If Southeastern is anything like my seminary was, then most of the guys, when they’re not studying or fighting for the attention of the 10 girls on campus, spend the rest of their time daydreaming about the church they’re going to plant one day.

Still, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to share our vision, because we don’t just want to be a church that impacts a few pockets of Raleigh-Durham. We want to see all of RDU reached with the Gospel, and not only our city, but in cities all over the world. We believe the key to doing that is developing leaders that will plant churches. I’ve heard J.D. say many times lately that one of his greatest responsibilities as a pastor is developing future leaders.

That’s why SendRDU (our church planting center) exists, to equip leaders to plant churches. It’s also why we have partnered with organizations like AdvancetheChurch. Advance is a movement of local churches committed to planting healthy new churches and reviving dead and dying churches (some of you may have attended the Advance conference in June). We’re excited to be a part of Advance, because we believe that by partnering with like-minded local churches we will better advance (no pun intended) the Gospel in RDU, the South and beyond.

Next Wednesday, October 7th, we are helping put on the first Advance Regional forum at Vintage21 Church in Raleigh. This is a free event for leaders and pastors. It will feature Pastor J.D., Pastor Jeff Vanderstelt from Soma Communities in Tacoma, WA, and Pastor Tim Smith from Mars Hill Church in Seattle. For more info and to register, go to http://www.advancethechurch.com.

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