After the Plenary Sessions we attended our first breakout.
I attended the breakout hosted by Chase who is planting the 13th church from Kentwood Community Church: Union Christian Church.
Chase's story primarily centers around hearing the Holy Spirit. He tells of when he first heard God speak to him in an unequivocal way. As he walked three miles to and from school in downtown Grand Rapids listening to his Sony Discman, a voice spoke to his heart asking "What would you like to hear next?" Chase answered with a song and the song played on his Discman. This went on and on for quite some until the voice stopped him in his tracks by saying "I'm calling you to e a pastor." The good news was that God also spoke to him by using the example of David and Samuel, which meant Chase still had a chance to do some growing up before he was to step into that calling!
Amazingly, after doing a great deal of research with KCC, they found the ideal spot for a truly multi-ethnic church would be on Burton Street--the exact street God called him to be a pastor on!
If we don't follow the Holy Spirit, we will always default to what is essentially guessing at what is best.
Jottings from the Group Discussion
By the way, I couldn't find a website for Union Christian Church, nor Chase's last name. Please comment below if you know either one!