One of the things I like best about being at the North American Mission Board is hearing all of the great stories about how God is at work through our church planters in North America. From time to time I like to pass these stories along to you.
The story of Mosaic Church of Lloydminster in Alberta, Canada, is one such story. Jon Las and a group of fellow believers started the church last year at Easter after several weeks of prayer and preparation. Jon had never started a church before. He had never even been a lead pastor.
But Jon and his friends started sharing their dream with others in the community — a dream of initiating a multi-cultural church focused on making disciples in all nations. The community of 35,000 people has only 12 churches of any kind. The very first time they met — as practice two weeks before Easter — eight people became followers of Jesus. The next week 240 people showed up for the church’s first official weekend of worship services.
The church has continued to grow ever since. Most weekends about 400 people worship with Mosaic. In less than a year they’ve formed 22 small groups. Though mostly young, they’re a diverse mix of ages and ethnicities.
And here’s the best part — more than 200 people have come to faith in Jesus at the church over the past year, and 44 of those new believers have been baptized.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press