Wilmington, NC was home to me for five years and the first city that Andrea and I lived in as a married couple. Wilmington is the city where I first became an adult and went through some major life transitions. Although I left Wilmington almost five years ago, it still holds a special place in my heart as a city that I will always have memories from and long to visit when time allows.
During my years in Wilmington, one of the hardest aspects for me was to find a meaningful community of believers. Sure, there were church buildings all over the place, but many of those churches were dying as they merely represented the dead religion that haunted Wilmington. I do remember there being more church plants than one could count, I was part of one, and as many of them, it did not survive.
People mistakenly think that Wilmington is an easy place to plant and that the lone ranger can do it, they cannot. I witnessed this first hand, but I do believe that Wilmington is a place with a great need for more gospel-focused churches and pray that more people would be called to plant there. That is why I am excited to share with you about my old small group leader and friend, Ethan Welch, who is the lead planter of the Bridge Church, which will be launching in Wilmington in Fall 2014.
Hear from Ethan himself on the Bridge Church and see how you can be involved with seeing the city of Wilmington reached.
Ethan Welch - Bridge Church from The Summit Church on Vimeo.