New Churches to be Established in Bowling Green, Ky.
and State College, Penn.
As part of Vine Church’s ongoing mission of planting churches in college cities across the nation, the church has announced that two new churches will be established in 2013.
Vine will be sending a team of people under the direction of Staff Pastor Steve Dame to begin a new church in Bowling Green, Ky, and a second team led by Staff Pastor Dan Digman to establish a church in State College, Penn.
“This is the fulfillment of the great commission,” Lead Pastor Sándor Paull said of Jesus’ charge to his disciples to spread His teaching. “It is going into areas that are, in many cases, not being reached, places where there aren’t many churches.”
Bowling Green, Ky. is the home to Western Kentucky University, and about a three-hour drive from Carbondale.
“One of the things we try to find is smaller university cities that don’t already have a lot of churches that are very similar to us in style and that are reaching students,” Paull explained in announcing the twin plants. “We have found that Bowling Green has a definite need for that and we are very excited.”
Paull called State College, Penn., home of Penn State University, a “spiritually dark place,” and said that it was what he called a “very unchurched area.”
The churches will bring to ten the total number of churches in Vine’s network, including five previous plants from the Carbondale church. This will be the first time two new churches have been established simultaneously.
“This is hard work,” Paull added. “Let’s rise to the challenge. Jesus is calling us to these things.”
Both church plants will include 30 to 50 people in addition to the pastors who will leave jobs, homes and more in the Carbondale area, moving to the new cities as part of the efforts. Team members will be identified in the coming months and will beginning meeting in early 2013. Members of both planting teams will be moving in July. Paull said while everyone at Vine may not be called to be a part of these church plants, every attendee and member will be a part of the effort.
“All of us are involved in church planting. If you are involved in this church, whether you’re ever part of a team or rather you are a ‘lifer’ in this church family in Carbondale, you’re part of it and God wants to use you as part of this great mission.
“These are good days; these are great times,” he continued. “God has never asked us to do something like this before. I’m excited to see what God is doing.”