“So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.” - Acts 6:7
The Church in the Book of Acts grew “rapidly” when leadership and serving roles were being met. The word of God is spread by faithful men and women who are willing to serve and take on the role of ambassadors of Christ. Throughout the Bible we find that when leaders lead and God's people desire to serve Him using their talents, God's Kingdom grows.
The staff will consist of Mark and Annie McCune, Carl and Stephanie Sullivan and Chris Schwartzenberger. The McCunes helped plant the Spokane Christian Church in 2003. Since then they have expanded their ministry experiences and are now pursuing new careers in education. Annie recently graduated with a masters in teaching and Mark with his masters in school counseling. Both will be working full-time in the education field while serving the church in a part-time capacity. Their specific roles in the staff will be to disciple and train the other staff members and guide the growth and maturity of small group leaders with a special focus on Families Ministries.
Carl and Stephanie recently moved here from Illinois where they had been serving as the campus ministers at Illinois State University. They will take up the reins of leading our campus ministries. They will lead a group of students to preach the gospel and develop small groups on all the major campuses in the Greater Spokane area with a special focus at Eastern Washington University.
Chris and his wife Amy had been leading the campus ministries in the Phoenix Valley Church of Christ since 2010. Their return the Northwest was inspired by their desire to be closer to extended family and to raise their young family in the Great Northwest. Chris has been hired full time to be the church spokesperson, oversee the preaching and teaching for Sunday Services and Midweeks, lead our singles and marrieds without kids ministry and work with our youth ministry leaders.
Together the staff brings years of experience and knowledge to the forefront of taking the Spokane Christian Church into its second decade. The staff will be taking the lead from a group of very hard working disciples who filled in during the absence of staff. The “Ministry Leadership Team” or MLT was made up of a handful of couples who maintained the direction of the church while wrestling with the challenges of hiring staff. Their faith and creativity led to the development of the current staff model.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” - Proverbs 15:22
As the roles of leadership transition to the full-time ministry staff, the MLT will also transition into a new role. The remaining members of that group will serve on an advisory committee aimed at assisting the staff in the general direction of the church as well as executing the plans of the church. Each member brings a special gift or expertise to the committee. Andrew, our Deacon of Worship, and his wife Christi will bring their knowledge and passion for worship, singing and music to the group as we strive to establish Sunday services that connect people to God.
Don and Monica Evans have served in numerous roles and will bring expertise in leadership, organization skills, finances and Church Board workings to the group. Nate and Megan Chatellier have served as small group leaders of nearly every stage of life in the church and have incredible skill in hospitality, evangelism and community building. They will provide great insight into the outreach and growth of the church. Together this advisory group will meet regularly with Chris and 3-4 times a year all together to assist in navigating the church to meet our goals.
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. - 1 Corinthians 3:7
The Spokane Church is continuing its work to evangelize the Inland Northwest. Our church planting in the Tri-Cities is spreading its wings and moving toward becoming its own self supported church, which is our goal for all plantings. They are forging leadership relationships with other churches in the NW family, and we have hopes that they will someday soon be financially and organizationally autonomous when they are ready to be. We still maintain an unbreakable bond with them and will continue to have a cooperative relationship in evangelizing Eastern Washington!
Altogether the Spokane Christian Church has an incredibly bright future with so many resources working together to make Christ known in the Inland Northwest. With a full-time staff, expert advisors, faithful small group leaders and a growing mission church we are primed to see God work!