One word that will describe this new Indianapolis church will be PASSION. With so much death, depression, mortgages, broken hearts, broken families, and broken relationships, loneliness, pride, and injustice…people are crying out for something or someone to make a difference. To bring hope and light to a dark and desolate place. The Bible teaches that those who know Jesus Christ are called to be the difference. The world is full of sleeping giants just waiting to be awakened to beauty of life with their Creator.
Originally I am from Southern California, Glendora to be exact. I met my wonderful husband in 2006. We married 10 months later on March 5, 2007. We had been attending and serving at Pomona First Baptist Church. We loved it there and couldn’t think of a better place to be. We were trying to plant our roots there, but God had another plan for our family. In February, Josh had attended a church conference and felt called by God to move to Indiana and start a new church on the north side of Indianapolis. So in August we moved here!
Josh has been ministering in Pomona, California at Pomona First Baptist Church (PFB) for the past 7 years. He is the founding pastor of The Rising, a movement of hundreds of young adults and the next gen at PFB. In February of 2010, Josh was clearly called to plant a new church back in the state of Indiana. In response, Josh and his wife Lisa are excited to move their family to the north Indianapolis area to start a new vibrant church in the heart of the population growth in the state.
Josh is a graduate of DePauw University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller as well. However, degrees don’t make someone a pastor, God’s calling does. God drastically changed Josh’s life and he’s overwhelming passionate to share the faith, hope, and love he’s experienced in Jesus Christ with others.
“We’re super excited about this new experience with God and are looking forward to all the new relationships it will create!” – Josh and Lisa
Our hope is to see this spiritual awakening happen to a city and state that we love.
Here’s the plan:
2010 – Phase 1 – September-December
- Leadership Training
- Begin the first missional home church
- Major fundraising
- Develop core group and launch team
- Team begins relational outreach
- Official incorporation of the church and 501(c)3 finalized
2011 – Phase II – January-February
- Establish five house churches
- Leadership Training
2011 – Phase III – March-May
- Launch Team Vision Banquets
- Determine site and launch date for the worship service
- Begin plans for worship service launch
- Build a team of 125 people for the launch team by the end of May
2011 – Phase IV – June-August
- Final preparations for the worship service
- Team captains solidified
- Final training of launch team
- Preview services
- House churches expanded to 10
2011 – Phase V – September
- Official Launch of the worship service
- Expansion of house churches
Please continue to keep each phase in prayer. If you are interested in joining the launch team of the church or would like to be added to the prayer list, please fill out the form below. Thanks for your support and be excited for what’s to come!