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Church Planting

This past week I have had the privilege to partner and participate in church planting endeavors.  On August 21 one of our own CPBA churches, Northland Baptist Church, led by Pastors Matt Marrs and Rustin Umstattd, have raised up a leader and a core group to launch yet another church plant.  The new congregation is meeting in North Kansas City and is being led by Dan Cogan.  I had the joy of attending this past Sunday and was blessed to see how the Lord is working to expand His kingdom here in the Northland.  Please be in prayer for this new launch as they faithfully fulfill the Great Commission in the NKC area.  I was also blessed this week to partner and participate in a NAMB Church Planters Assessment. Twelve couples were assessed as church planters and as part of their journey toward leading future church plants.  It is a wonderful process that is proven to increase the success rate of church plants.  I was excited to see a good number of CPBA pastors involved in the effort.  It is a wonderful example of partnership across the various levels of SBC life – national, state, association, churches and pastors – all working in a collaborative way to raise up and send out church planters.  As our two counties continue to grow in population, we will need to see even more churches planted.  I am thankful for an association that is committed and invested in helping in that effort.  To God be the glory!

Loss of Association Disaster Relief Director

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Artie Horn who passed away this past Wednesday.  Artie was currently serving as the director of our CPBA Disaster Relief team.  Artie had a true passion for the Lord and faithfully led our DR team on several “call outs” here in our region as well as around the nation.  He was a humble and gracious individual and he will be greatly missed.