A NEW CHURCH STARTING IN:
Rural Central Iowa
Rural Central Iowa is at least 80% non-Christian. Gospel-centered churches with a heart for mission are rare in rural Iowa. Many communities have not had a church plant since the early 1900s. It’s common for people in this area to drive 60-90 miles per Sunday to be part of a church.
Our heart is to plant a church based in the community of Collins-Maxwell which reaches out to neighboring communities. We hope to form small groups in those communities and as small groups multiply, Lord willing, other churches are planted in and for those communities. Jesus is building His church (Matthew 16:18) and as long as Jesus is alive and well we know He is on a sacred mission for this area.
We’re forming a core team throughout 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The lead pastor will be participating in the Fellowship Associates church planting residency Sept. 2018 - March 2019. They’ll be moving back to Iowa in July of 2019. The church will begin gathering weekly as a core team September 2019 looking to important milestones to show us when to launch the church.
The church is called Sacred Mission Church because Jesus Himself is on a sacred mission for the people of rural central Iowa. This new church exists to join the other churches in the area to be part of Jesus’ mission.
We are humbled and grateful to have these following partnerships. We have already begun to see Jesus use each of these partners in unique ways to help lay a healthy foundation for this church plant.
Frontline is our sending church and they are simply marvelous. They are in Oklahoma City but have developed a real heart for rural Iowa. Tim has been a pastor & elder at Frontline for the past five years. You can check them out at: frontlinechurch.com
Fellowship Associates has been coming alongside sending churches and coaching a small group of church planters each year for the last 20 years. They’ve helped to plant more than 120 churches. It’s been a blessing to see their influence in the health of our church plant: fellowshipassociates.com
Acts 29 is a diverse, global family of church planting churches. As of October 2018, Acts 29 included 730 churches on six continents. This is a great network to be part of to help plant a healthy church: acts29.com
Send Network has been planting churches since 1845. Their goal is: Partnering with churches to plant healthy, multiplying churches. Thee Iowa leadership of SEND Network has a heart for rural Iowa and we are grateful to partner with them to plant this church: namb.net/church-planting/
HERE ARE SOME OF THE FOLKS WHO’VE COMMITTED TO BE PART OF THIS NEW CHURCH.
Tim, Patty, Hannah, Silas, AND Grace kimberley
The Kimberley’s are excited to move back to where Tim grew up and be part of leading Sacred Mission Church. Tim’s family first moved to the Collins area in 1850 to stop digging for gold in San Francisco and start using the real black gold of Iowa…it’s soil! Tim became a Christian while on the rugby team at the University of Northern Iowa in 1997…
TJ, Kaylan, Miles, Perry and Simon McCord
TJ grew up in Maxwell and Kaylan grew up in Baxter. They were high school sweethearts. After college they spent time living in Kansas City and then Indianapolis, Indiana. Several years ago they moved back to Iowa to be closer to family and to be part of a church plant in Des Moines…
Bryce, Katie, Leighton, and Sawyer Oswalt
I (Bryce) grew up in Collins while Katie grew up in another small town in southern Iowa. We met while Katie was going to school at the University of Northern Iowa and I was working as an air traffic controller in the same town. Katie and I made northern Iowa our home for five years until we felt God calling us “back home”. We bought my grandparents old farmstead last year and have been busy cleaning up and renovating the property since…
TOM AND DONNA KIMBERLEY
Tom and I have lived in the Collins area our whole life. Tom was raised on a farm and my folks owned the local grocery store. We farmed for 10 years and then we bought the local grain elevator. Our children went to school in Collins-Maxwell & we went to church in Collins also. So we were very active in the community at that time. We sold the grain elevator in 1993, and our children graduated from high school. We started going to church out of town too which caused us to lose track of Collins activities…
Madison Woodard is the oldest of 8 kids and currently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Despite being born in Kansas, she spent a majority of her childhood in Lynchburg, Virginia and then Edmond, Oklahoma…
Ben, Jenny, Abigail, Allison and Ella Watt
Jenny and I have been married for 17 years. We've been genuinely blessed with 4 girls, Madison, Abigail, Allison & Elizabeth (Ella). My life was changed completely by Jesus in July 2013 when I accepted him as my Savior. Our home church was instrumental at helping me grow spiritually through ministries…
Hey ya’ll! My name is Kristi Hepp! I’m a 27 year old native Okie, and I’m super excited to be a part of the team in Iowa.
I really love Jesus. My life has been full of joy but has also carried its seasons of sorrow. In the midst of every season, Jesus has met me. I am truly among those saved only by the grace of Christ. It is now my greatest joy to share His crazy love with others…
WOULD YOU CONSIDER HELPING TO PLANT THIS CHURCH?
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO DO THAT…
Jesus alone builds His church. Jesus Himself modeled prayer as not the last thing you do but the first and foremost thing you do for the birth of this church. Would you take some time and pray? Clicking below will take you to a page of some prayer points.
Our goal is to reach those for Jesus who currently don’t know Him. This means our church will hopefully be full of people just coming to Jesus or checking out His claims. Due to this we are planning for it to take 3-5 years until the church is fully self-supporting financially. Would you consider giving monthly to plant this church?
There are a few ways you can join in on this church plant. First, you might just want to be on the email list and stay updated. Second, you might want to start letting friends and family know about the church. Third, you might feel compelled to move across the country or maybe across town to be part of the church.
Here are some recent sermons preached by Tim on biblical topics important for the formation of this church plant: