Church Highlight: 4D Church

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Your name: Martie Mangum Your spouse and children’s names: Heather (spouse), Taylor, Aaliyah, Ethan, Naomi, Andrew, Tabitha, Carissa and Seth

Name of all members on your church planting team: Elders: Martie Mangum & Lee Boushell Deacons: Jacob & Stephanie Iraggi

Name of your church plant: 4D Church

Location of church plant: Durham, NC

Date church was planted: 1969 Established as Parkwood Baptist Church and in 2016 Replanting as 4D Church

What are the reasons you decided to plant a church in your city? Our story has not been of planting a church, but of revitalizing a church and now we are in the midst of relaunching it under a new name and direction. The reasons I decided to join God in what He wanted done in and through this church were simple. My family had been attending for a few months when God opened the door as well as given the people a desire for me to shepherd them. Initially I did not feel equipped, but the Lord quickly showed although my assessment was correct He would provide everything I needed to accomplish His purposes. Another significant reason I wanted to take up this mission is because the church was on the verge of closing and I had/have a burning passion for the name of Christ to be honored in our community. The reason we are relaunching is God has miraculously worked within our church refocusing us upon delighting in God which has been transformative. We desire that same transformation to be the reality of our city.

What have you seen the Lord do in and through your church plant so far? At this point we have not officially relaunched, but over the years we have seen the power of the Gospel at work in saving the lost, rescuing marriages, bring comfort to the hurting, and set people free from various passions which could never bring satisfaction. We have also seen God’s Church be set free from various chains that held it back, become unified around God and His Word, and become passionate about the seeing the lost of every nation reconciled to God.

What do you hope to see the Lord do in and through your church plant in the future? My hope is that God would be glorified by generating a deep delight in God which is evident in the equipping of the church until “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. I also hope God would be glorified as we display & declare the good news of the gospel in making disciples of all nations.

What advice do you have for future church planters? Fight for intimacy with God and never give up praying. In the words of Stephen Olford: “Pray when you feel like it, pray when you don’t feel like it, and pray until you do feel like it.”

What else would you like to share with the readers of our blog? The Pillar Network has been instrumental in my life and ministry. The various churches and leadership have been a voice of wisdom and encouragement when I have needed it. I had hoped and prayed for a network to come along side pastors and churches where there was unity around the gospel and mission and I believe this is the core of the Pillar Network.

What are your 3-4 main prayer requests?

  • Plead with us that God would be pleased in generating and sustaining an abiding Love for God within our church.
  • Ask God to grant us wisdom as we walk through renovations and relaunching the church.
  • Pray we would be faithful in holding out the light of the gospel in Durham and God would be generous in His grace toward those still in unbelief.
  • Seek God for insight for how we can begin doing ministry in India.

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