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Thursday, August 26, 2010

How you can Partner with us in moving toward Church Planting...

As we step out in this next chapter of our lives, there are several different in which we are asking our families, friends, church families, churches, etc to partner with us. We are seeking any combination of the following:

1.PARTNERS IN PRAYER - We would like to ask that you pray for us and that you pass our blog on to as many people as you can, and ask them pray for our family. I will post individual blogs strictly on this issue, and you can sign up for emailed prayer updates by emailing me at scott.ancarrow@gmail.com . As you think of us, please pray for us. there are a million little things to address and take care of over the next few months and years, on top of the hundred big things that remain to accomplish. More and more lately, I am learning that when I put this request at #1, it's not because I'm trying to make myself look holy before I ask you to support us financially. Truly, we need your prayers. If you got our postcard, perhaps put it in a place you look at regularly, and pray for us when you see it.

2. PARTNERS FINANCIALLYIn the the short term, we will use a portion of our overall 5-year fundraising goal of $400,000 to allow for two years salary at Revolution Annapolis, the first church we are helping launch later this Fall. We are hoping that individuals and friends will be a large source of support during this time while we build the necessary partnerships that will allow us to present our vision to churches and individuals for a second church in the Baltimore, MD area . We need to raise a large percentage of this salary before we can even move to MD to join the staff of Revolution.

Probably the best way to support financially is through prayerfully considering being a monthly supporter over the next two years. To set up monthly support , visit the Orchard Group's site http://orchardgroup.org/. Just click on the E-giving link at the bottomleft-hand corner, choose the appropriate payment method, and then choose “The Annapolis Project-Scott Ancarrow” in the first drop-down list. For your convenience, we can also assist you in setting up a monthly EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) from your account to “The Orchard Group”.

If that cannot work, consider making a one-time gift. You may also do this at www.orchardgroup.org Folks from Northview Christian Chruch that are seeking to give this way may give at a special offering on October 17.

If neither works, but you feel like your church may be open to discussing how they may partner with church planting, please contact me so that I may set up a way to contact your or them.

3. PARTNERS IN MISSIONS - Over the next few years, we are seeking individuals who would view our transition as an opportunity to possibly make the same move, thus helping us launch our church with a strong team of devoted members who want to love their city. If you want to live for the glory of God, and seek the good of man, and the welfare of the city, perhaps consider doing so in a place where the love of Christ may not be readily known. If you're considering this, please contact me to set up a time to discuss it further. FYI: As time approaches, there will also be short-term mission opportunities...



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Monday, August 23, 2010

Revolution Annapolis


During our CP assessment, Amber and I met Josh & Tim, who are planting Revolution Annapolis this upcoming Fall. As the weekend progressed, so did our respect for these guys. As we drove back to our hotel, we even discussed how cool it would be to be so close to those guys someday, because their vision and attitudes toward church are so legit. I was excited to maybe learn from these guys in the future - enjoying the benefit of another set of mentors in the state upon my eventual arrival.

By the end of that month, we were talking about working together.

This fall, we'll join the staff of Revolution Annapolis. Revolution is a new church launching on October 24. Later this fall, I'll join their staff as a "church planter in residence:" meaning that I'm there to work for Revolution - but with the expectation that someday down the road, we'll leave to launch a new church. It's an understatement to say that we are totally excited to work and learn with this new team. Once again, God is writing a better story for us than we could write for ourselves.

We think this is an amazing opportunity for our family for several reasons:

1. Joining the staff of Revolution Annapolis will provide Scott with the valuable learning experience of the blessings and challenges of starting a new church.
2. Scott's
gifts and ministry experience can assist Revolution Annapolis in starting a new church
3.
Revolution Annapolis has the DNA of the kind of church Scott and Amber want to continue to see reproduced in the Baltimore/Washington area.
4.
Being in Maryland will allow Scott and Amber to wisely steward the resources of their supporters by networking two years prior to their launch as a new churchRevolution Annapolis desires to be a reproducing church

You can view what Revolution is doing in Annapolis so far by visiting : http://www.youtube.com/user/REVOLUTIONannapolis , or www.revolutionannapolis.com .

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Why MD?

So, of all the places in the country to take part in church planting, why Maryland?

A few possibilities:
  • Buck Showalter is going to change the face of the Orioles franchise....
  • There are no good crabcakes in Indiana
  • Scott is just really homesick
  • Peyton is in the last decade of his career - so I better have a back up plan when these twelve win Colts' seasons are over.
Nope. None of these factored in the decision. Not even the crabcakes!
  • Impact the area of our nation’s capital…impact our nation.
  • As part of the I-95 corridor, The area is a gateway to some of the most influential cities in our country. Combined, Baltimore and Washington make up the 4th largest metropolitan area in our country.
  • The Northeast is gradually become more and more “post-christian,” having just passed the Pacific Northwest as the area of our country with the lowest percentage of “Christians.” Ironically, this is also the home of 20-25% of our nation’s population.
  • There is a need for growing churches to match the growth of population in this area. 16% of Marylanders are involved in a church of any Christian denomination. 8.7% belong to an evangelical church. In Maryland, there are 1079 people for every 1 church. Due to Population growth, 181 churches would have to open this year in Maryland to match the attendance percentages of the year 2000

There is a tremendous opportunity ahead of us in the state of Maryland. Being from Maryland, I always thought to myself, "Man, I'd love to go back to the coast and do something." However, until recent developments, nothing seemed to affirmed by God as we prayed about it or thought it through; that is, until now.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Why Start New Churches?

One of the questions we've been asked, and one we've even asked ourselves in learning about church planting, is: WHY START NEW CHURCHES? When I was a student at KCU, church planting was stereotyped as the kind of thing reserved for disgruntled Christians or international missionaries. At the time, I had no interest in the idea at all. Now, church planting is all the rage....which frankly, made me more nervous being part of church planting at first. Yet, here we are, desiring to plant a church...

So, WHY START NEW CHURCHES?

  • New churches take the gospel to new or lost places. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus commissioned His followers to go out into the whole world and make disciples. In the New Testament we see this modeled for us by the apostles. They would arrive in a town convert some and a new church would be born.
  • Starting new churches has been proven to be the most effective way to reach pre-christian people. It is the same strategy that the apostles used almost 2000 years ago. We believe that a large part of this is due to the “new” factor. New things get more attention. New things draw people. People who might not ever grace the door way of an established church will come to a new church - just to check it out.
  • Planting new churches is the quickest and most effective way to spread the gospel. We are planting with a goal of reproduction, both for the new church and for new churches we will help start. Established churches, especially those who are struggling or declining, tend to get lost in politics, or in the "we've never done it this way before."
  • There is a desperate need for relevant and growing churches, even in the "Christian" USA. In 1900, there were 28 churches for every 10,000 Americans. In 2004, there were only 11 churches for every 10,000 Americans. Of these, How many of them are actually preaching the gospel? How many of these are effectively being the hands and feet of Jesus? That's not for me to say...regardless, there are about 300 million people in the US who are completely unreached.
  • Statistics show that over the past 16 years church attendance on a whole in America has decreased from 20.4% to 17.5%. Unfortunately, for many, Christianity is more of a "nationality" than it is a total life focus. Many claim to be Christian, but many less pursue Jesus as a disciple. Many have began to understand that outside of being a disciple of Christ, and living out His hope, church is just a lame hobby.
This is the heart behind what we're doing. We want to be part of something that is is "fresh wineskins" for a generation who has grown disillusioned by what they perceive about Christ. We hope others will be excited to partner with us in that process.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A good tired.

Thursdays are pretty cool. After the 2nd long day of the week (Sunday & Wed ususally go about 12+ hours), Thursdays are one of my days to unplug and hang out with my girls. The day is not without it's difficulties. I'm rarely well-slept, and two children under five need constant attention and entertainment. There's the lunch, the naps, and inevitability that my children will find a way to expose their humanity to me. Nonetheless, Thursdays never leave me without a moment where I have a story to tell. Today, it was Emery rocking out to the new Jimmy Eat World single in the back seat ("My Best Theory" - catchy number), and Reese falling asleep in a walmart shopping cart. At the end of the Thursday, I often think to myself, "I'm a good tired."

The announcement to begin the process of moving to Maryland has been a "good tired" as well. Telling our Danville friends, even those who have known the day was coming when we'd step out to a place we want to love with the love of Christ, has been draining. Telling students and families who I've seen through good and bad times was the most nervous I've been about anything in a long time. The impending days and the details to sort out sometimes seem quite daunting...but at the end of the day, we know we are stepping where we are being led.

In the days ahead, I will begin to use this blog to keep you, friend, family member, or curious bystander informed on the journey that the Ancarrow family is facing. Stay tuned to see further details on where we're going, what we're doing, and how you can help.

Today,feel free to do the following:
1. Check out the quick video on "why MD?" to the right of this post.
2. Please pray for us in the following ways:
A. Endurance to face the details of the upcoming months.
B. A smooth transition to Annapolis.
C. A great new youth minister for Northview in Danville.
D. That funds would come in as they need to
E.Pray for unity and protection in marriage and family as we take this step.

I look forward to sharing more with you in the upcoming months...and if I ever get an iphone, I may just post video of Emery rocking out in the back seat.

blessings,
Scottt (and emery - who has been on my lap from mid-post)