Ashley Clayton's Visit
We were delighted to have our relocation consultant/coach, Ashley Clayton, with us this past weekend. Ashley brings a wealth of godly wisdom and ministry experience “to the table,” having guided the 20,000 member Bellevue Baptist Church to a total campus relocation from downtown Memphis (Tennessee) to their current location in Cordova (a suburb of Memphis).
One strategy used by Bellevue during their relocation was to launch a second site in the vicinity of the property for their new church campus. Rather than waiting for the church to re-locate to reach the community, they went ahead and sent a “core group” to start another campus that would begin reaching that area even before they church officially “moved.” When the new church campus was constructed, the second site was averaging 1,500. When Bellevue entered their new facilities, both campuses merged.
Ashley has suggested we consider this strategy as an option. He mentioned this strategy in two separate meetings this weekend. So I want to invite our church family to pray for us as we seek GOD’s will concerning this possibility. This strategy is in it’s infancy stage. We have no “action plans” at this time. We are just beginning the process of praying about and discussing this option.
I have learned by experience through the years to take adequate time to pray and to discuss a new ministry venture. Getting into a hurry as a result of excitement usually does not end well! So I invite our church family to pray as we consider this possibility. Pray GOD gives us His wisdom. These verses reflect the prayer of our hearts:
James 1:5: “LORD, I thank you that when I lack wisdom, I can come to you and freely ask and it will be given to me, for you give to all liberally and without reproach.”
Proverbs 4:7: “LORD, I thank you for your wisdom, which is the principal thing; I pray for your wisdom, LORD and your understanding heart.”
Colossians 1:9: “LORD, I ask that I may be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”