Church Planting

Sabbath

Sabbath

This summer I was given an opportunity to take a sabbatical for three months. At the time I was feeling worn out. I had been in full-time ministry for over a decade but rather than feeling as if I had grown closer to God, I had lost my joy and I was uncertain if I could continue pastoring at all. Our church had endured a series of hardships in the years prior and it had taken a great toll on me emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

My sabbatical was not typical for CTK. Generally speaking we are supposed to give a year warning for the church to prepare, but I was in such a bad place I made the request 60 days before I left. I knew that while the church might struggle without me it would be much worse if I were to keep going the way I was. 

A New Congregation Is Born: Christ the Redeemer Quincy Begins Preview Services

A New Congregation Is Born: Christ the Redeemer Quincy Begins Preview Services

Christ the Redeemer Quincy is the newest congregation of Christ the King Boston. Matt Owens and his family began meeting and getting to know their neighbors in Quincy last fall. In January, they began meeting with a community group and began to see Christ change hearts and lives. In the months following, the newly formed group discovered a variety of ways to serve and engage the city of Quincy, including Think & Drink and teaching ESL in partnership with CTK Quincy, a Brazilian PCA church already in Quincy.

My Trip to Cusco, Peru: A Reflection by Alison Lopez

My Trip to Cusco, Peru: A Reflection by Alison Lopez

In May when Pastor Omar extended an invitation to me on his short term vision trip to Peru with MTW (Mission to the World), I was initially interested but also hesitant. I had never actually been on a missions trip or known much about them. I also hadn’t traveled past the Caribbean in twenty years.  Being away from the comforts of my home is nerve wrecking and I just wasn’t sure about leaving the country with three teenagers at home.  Thankfully, I had the full support of my children, Pastor Moses and my brothers and sisters at CTKD.  I spent some time reflecting how God had been growing me over the last three and a half years at CTK and the Holy Spirit assured me that this was His plan and purpose for me at this time. 

CTK Internship/Apprenticeship-Josh Henderson

CTK Internship/Apprenticeship-Josh Henderson

How we got connected to CTK

During our first year at Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, my wife, Ally, and I began to think more seriously about the ministry context that we wanted to serve in. We knew we were interested in serving in an urban, secular city, though not sure about what that might practically look like for us. In the fall of 2014, we met Bob Sawyer, the director of the Christ the King Church planting center, at a ministry lunch he hosted at Covenant. Hearing about Christ the King’s “multi-congregational” church planting approach in Boston, piqued our interest in possibility of serving in Boston.

CTK Church Planting Apprenticeship-Matt Owens

CTK Church Planting Apprenticeship-Matt Owens

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.

Seminary Internships-Angus Courtney

Seminary Internships-Angus Courtney

Boston is a long way from Sydney, Australia. When Alison and I moved here in 2015, we were hoping God would use the experience to prepare us for gospel ministry, wherever he called us. I’d come out of a downtown church and felt passionate about ministering in a post-Christian, urban context. We wanted to do our seminary training in a place that would equip us for ministry in cities like Sydney, while forcing us to grow in our ability to adapt to different cultural settings. So, we came to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and to the Boston-area.