Almost two years ago my wife and I sensed God beginning to lead us elsewhere. The problem was we didn't know where He was leading. We both sensed it was time to finish where we were at and move on, but we never expected God to lead us back to our hometown.
It began with a simple e-mail and an unexpected invitation. I e-mailed Doug Roe and asked him a few questions about church planting. I heard him speak a few years previous and related well with his story. I also attended his church when visiting family for the holidays. I sent the e-mail not really expecting a response. What I got was an invitation to stay at his house for a weekend and spend some time with him. At the end of the weekend, Doug invited me to move back to Dayton and consider planting a church in the Northland area of Dayton, Ohio (Huber Heights, Vandalia, Northridge, etc).
It didn't take much prayer, as I already felt this was where God was leading. We quite our church, our jobs, and sold our home...and moved back to Dayton after being gone for about 13 years. It was an easy decision because I had felt the area needed a church from the time I was 18, but never believed I would be the one to plant it.
Now, we are in the beginning stages of pushing toward a church plant. I am beginning to formulate a plan and will be starting 8-10 small groups in that area in the next year. I am also beginning to pray for some strategic partnerships. We need people who are called to ministry and feel a passion for reaching the lost. We need a worship leader, children's minister, set-up director, small groups leader, hospitality director, executive pastor, small group leaders, etc.
I planted my first church as the only minister, and I don't want to do that again. I am praying for God to send the right people at the right time. I am praying, and I am asking for your prayers as well.