In the fall of 2013, I moved to Somerville to serve as apprentice and Assistant Pastor at Christ the King Somerville. I had been drawn to the Boston area for ministry, having completed a summer internship with a CTK church plant during seminary. After seminary, I needed an apprenticeship to further prepare me for ministry in general, and for church planting in the area.
The unique opportunity the CTK Boston Apprenticeship program offers is to learn and develop, while simultaneously doing ministry. It truly is the best of both worlds.
As a church planting apprentice and Assistant Pastor, I had the opportunity to engage in the work of church planting: preaching, teaching, evangelism, mercy ministry, shepherding, equipping others, etc. And while I was doing ministry, I also had others pouring into me, including the Lead Pastor of CTK Somerville (Pastor David Richter), the Leadership Development Director of CTK (Pastor Omar Ortiz) and the CTK Church Planting Director (Bob Sawyer).
Additionally, the Christ the King Church Planting Center equipped me for church planting beyond a typical church planting apprenticeship. Most church planting apprenticeships allow the apprentice to learn from one pastor and one particular context, but the CTK apprenticeship program gave me the opportunity to learn and develop beyond the scope of what I was experiencing in the ministry of the congregation that I served. As I was doing ministry, the CTK Church Planting Center provided coaching, guidance and feedback. Together with the local congregation, the apprenticeship experience provided the opportunity to develop my philosophy of ministry, my prayer life, my sense of call, gifts and areas of weakness. What I learned through my apprenticeship about Christ-centered ministry, church planting and contextualizing the gospel of Jesus Christ are invaluable to me in my current work of church planting here in Quincy (immediately south of Boston). If I had not had this experience, I would have lacked the training and experience needed to plant a church, especially in this part of the country.
Matt Owens, his wife Naomi and son Liam recently moved to Quincy and have begun plans for a new church plant there in 2019. Click here to find out more about that project.