We are excited to announce another church plant – Stratford, Ontario.
We have been in conversation with Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on Britannia Street since November 2018. They have asked us to come and re-launch the church under North Park leadership. We are excited to take on this new endeavor.
As Graham Martin, one of the current Cornerstone leaders commented, “My hope is to see many new people come to this new launch. Young people, families with kids. People getting saved. To see the Word of God taught in an interesting way. My dream is to see the place full within a couple of years, with a need to have more than one service. I am so encouraged with the way God has led us along in the whole journey.”
Why are we doing this?
We have been asked. We believe God has revealed this next step for us through this ask.
We have strong staff and elder teams to give direction and guidance.
We have some expertise with the launch of The Church at 1750 last year.
We are in a solid financial position thanks to the generosity of so many North Parkers.
We have prayed and discerned together and with the Stratford team.
We believe this stretch is important for our spiritual growth and maturity.
We know that there are “stretches” for us:
It is a 40-minute drive from our main site so we’ll need to figure out good management structures.
We have not yet identified the pastor who will lead out on this.
We require $350,000 start up capital. The building, although being given to us, carries a $200,000 mortgage and we will need $150,000 to renovate the building.
We are asking each North Parker to ponder what your next step could be:
Would you pray for Stratford, for the Site Pastor to be identified and for North Park leadership as we make many decisions to move this forward?
Would you consider if this is an opportunity for you to engage directly? Do you live near Stratford; could you be part of the initial group? Do you have family and friends in or near Stratford who do not have a church home—could you suggest this community and perhaps even attend with them for the first six months to get them connected?
Can you be part of the team that provides the financial support to help us start strong?
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