Here in southern Wisconsin we are being blessed as the Lord of the harvest continues to raise up laborers. The latest person to move our way is Trey Turner who moved from Temple, Texas to Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin back in July. We are grateful for the Lord calling out Trey to church planting after being a pastor for the last 15 years.
Trey, Lea Ann, and their three kids are new to Wisconsin and new to church planting. The kind of church or churches they want to help facilitate are not that familiar to many people. They hope to help plant and facilitate a network of simple churches which will in turn plant other simple churches. Right now, the Turners are learning their environment, having moved to Wisconsin in July. The kids are in school and their favorite extracurricular activities. “My neighbors have truly been good neighbors.” Turner says, talking about the multiple changes one has to make to move to a new climate. “They even helped us to know the ‘when’ and ‘who’ for getting our water sprinklers blown out before the freeze.” He adds, “I know the time spent in knowing them and them knowing us will be important in the days to come.” Trey is aware that being a good neighbor is foundational for representing Jesus Christ.
Trey and Lea Ann will be a part of one of these house churches, taking the opportunities that God gives them to begin a Bible Study, disciple new believers, and then gather as a church as Jesus expresses himself through their relationships. At a time when is right for the group, they will take steps to start other groups. Why a vision for keeping churches small, or micro church? “Small groups have their unique challenges, but they can multiply faster without paying for buildings or professional staff. The group has centers on the person of Jesus Christ with a trust in the Divine Word, nurturing relationships, and apostolic mission.
“It is important to help the traditional churches see their opportunities to plant churches, maybe even some of these micro churches.” Trey hopes to work with existing churches calling them alongside new believers to disciple them and help them gather in reproducing churches like this. “I hope to see the day when house churches do not stand in any way apart from traditional churches, but alongside them in the mission to reach every person for Christ.”
Please pray for the Turners as they continue to make the transition to Wisconsin. Pray the Lord would place people in their path who they can develop relationships with and make disciples. Thank you Lord for calling this wonderful family to our area to help fulfill the Great Commission.