Church Highlight: Doxa Church
Your name: Chad TuckerYour spouse and children’s names: Michelle (wife), Hannah (16), Eli (15), Leah (13), and Ava (2)
Name of your church: Doxa Church
Location of church: Burlington, NC
Date church was planted (if your church is a plant): Still in pre-launch phase working towards a Fall 2016 launch.
Name of partnering church(es): Harvest Baptist Church, Burlington, NC
We attend Harvest Baptist Church while we are gathering our core group and preparing for our official launch. Our core team meets on the campus of Harvest Baptist Church on Sunday evenings at 6pm.
What are the reasons you decided to plant a church in your city (if your church is a plant)?
Three main challenges have solidified my desire to plant the seed of the gospel in Burlington while asking the Lord to reap a harvest that results in a new Church.
Challenge #1: Vast lostness in our growing region: Our targeted location is situated equidistant to the Triad (Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point) and the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). In addition, Elon University, known as the Harvard of the South, is located here and several Community Colleges have campuses located here. Our area is projected to continue to grow rapidly over the coming years.
However, our area is pinpointed as one of the top regions of lostness in North Carolina, according to MissionSite. The demographics reveal that just over 70% of the households in our area are considered unreached. This figure represents well over 136,000 families in our immediate area who need the gospel!
In addition to the on-going presence of other belief systems such as Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons, a new Muslim mosque has recently opened in our area and purports to have 150 families willing to join them in introducing our area to Islam.
Challenge #2: Dysfunctional Churches: Though there are many churches in our area, very few Baptist Churches here are considered to be “growing” churches. In fact, less than 5 of the 30 closest churches affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina are listed as “growing.” The remaining churches are plateaued, declining, or show insufficient reporting details. In my personal involvement and research over the past 2 ½ years that our family has lived here, I have discovered that many churches considered to be in prime locations in our city are actually aging congregations, struggling congregations, or unable/unwilling to maintain their facilities, let alone make and multiply disciples.
Challenge #3: Growing Churches: Of the Churches in our area who are reaching people and making disciples, they are unable to build large enough buildings or add additional services fast enough to keep up with their attendance, not to mention the population growth. For example, Harvest Baptist Church, our partner church, currently has 3 Sunday morning services and are nearly out of room again! In addition, they baptized 27 people (mostly adults) last Sunday. The same could be said for other Churches in our region. We desperately need more Churches who will glorify God.
What have you seen the Lord do in and through your church/church plant?
The Lord is opening doors for us to meet and engage people from many groups in our area. For example, He has opened the door for me to teach Advanced English as a Second Language at Alamance Community College. Right now, I have the privilege of teaching students who speak 10 different languages, from 19 nations, and whose spiritual backgrounds range from Christian, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist, Muslim, Hindu, or no religious affiliation at all. This opportunity has provided an avenue for me to, not only share Jesus regularly, but to serve the students and minister to the staff in many practical ways.
The Lord is taking a small handful of people who have never been a part of a church plant and He is forming a strong band of disciples who are eager to learn the Bible, love Jesus, and live on mission. We are seeing tremendous spiritual growth in every person who attends.
What do you hope to see the Lord do in and through your church in the future?
Our desire is to see God take this willing group of people who love Jesus and His Word and do far more in us and through us than we could ever ask or imagine to display His glory in Burlington and beyond.
What advice do you have for current or future church planters?
I am still in the listening and learning stage of church planting. I am in no position to offer advice at this time. Currently, the Lord is teaching me: Be humble. Be teachable. Be patient.
What are your 3-4 main prayer requests?
- Please pray that God would raise up mature servants willing to help us launch this Fall. We need a worship leader/musician among other key leaders and participants in order to be ready to launch this Fall.
- Please pray that God would raise up partnering churches to walk this journey with us. We currently have a minimal number of consistent financial partners investing in this new work, yet God is providing what is necessary as the need arises.
- Please pray that God would direct us to His location and provide all that is needed to see people learn the Bible, love Jesus, and live on mission.
- Please pray for our family as we seek to glorify God in our daily lives with 3 teens and a toddler, bi-vocational work, and ministry effectiveness.