what’s the point?

Posted: February 5, 2011 in Church Planting, Outreach
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It’s been more than a year since I first posted Does Knoxville Need More Churches? Since then, those churches have each continued to grow and mature and even more new startups have joined our group.  (I should explain that our “group” really has no formal structure.  We’re about a dozen guys starting new churches all over Knoxville.  Our stories and our denominational ties are very different, but we are united by a common purpose. And we all care more about building Christ’s kingdom than we do about expanding our brand.)

Last week I introduced you to Matt Peeples of The Point.  Matt comes from a very different background than me, but I love the way that he thinks.  I got such a positive response to last week’s post that I thought I’d tell you a little more about him.  As usual, I asked Matt 4 questions.  Here are his answers.

  1. Why Knoxville? God really pulled me here on this one.  I am a part of a district that is in Arkansas and Tennessee and the southern part of Kentucky.  They want to start churches and are serious about it.  So after my training,  they asked me to come out here to Knoxville.  I really felt God giving me a golden opportunity to make an impact.  It was like he was saying, “you’re  always talking about reaching the disconnected, so I am going to give you an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is.”  I have really fallen in love with this town.
  2. Why did you choose to partner with a rock station like 94.3? It seems like a bold move, but the truth is it was common sense.  My vision is to reach the disconnected.  I knew our message would hit guys in their 20s-30s because that is the station I prefer to listen to.  So I talked to the guys at 94.3 and we worked on some stuff.  Through trial and error we have found a good commercial style that represents our church well and is true to what we deliver.   We see people who have been out of church for years come in and get plugged in.  Starting next week we will be airing some testimonial spots  from people who heard us on the radio, checked it out and have now gotten connected at The Point.  There are some great stories.  To put it simply, most of the people who come from the X have been out of church for years.  They are blown away by our Christian community, the love the experience and that we teach the Bible in a way they understand.  Since we started the ads about 2 months ago we have seen over 20 people come as a result.
  3. In your mind, what does The Point look like 5 years from now? I see us continuing to reach the disconnected in Knoxville, seeing lives changed.  I see us getting into and serving the community.  I see a few satellite campuses in other venues around Knoxville, where campus pastors are leading other disconnected and missional Christians.  I see us training and supporting other church planters to go out and reach the disconnected.
  4. What 4 words would you use to describe The Point? Loving.  Inviting.  People Searching.

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