Thursday, May 31, 2007

Restoration Church...An Open Letter To Family and Friends

Dear Family and Friends:
Since I was in college I desired to start churches that would be innovative and intentional in reaching those who would not typically go to a traditional church. For the past eleven years I have served in various capacities at several churches that were started with this goal in mind. I have received much training and mentoring from people who are successful in the area of starting churches.

For the past year God has been stirring in mine and Karin's heart a desire to start a church in the Northwest Hendricks County area in Indiana. Karin and I moved here almost four years ago when I accepted a position at Pittsboro United Methodist Church. We love the people in this area and have a burden to see them be restored in their relationship with God and to live out their faith in the context of authentic relationships.

Northwest Hendricks County is approximately fifteen miles northwest of Indianapolis off of I-74. It has been named as one of the fastest growing areas in Indiana. This is evidenced in the numerous subdivisions and businesses moving into the area. As the community grows the number of those without a church home will continue to grow. We believe that there is a great opportunity to see many people come to faith and experience authentic relationships with others and with God.

We are answering a call on our life to start churches. Once the church is open I will be the lead pastor. Karin and I are spending the next couple of months in preparation, developing a team, hiring a staff and training. We hope to begin monthly services in August and weekly services in January 2008.

We will have partial financial support from the Central Indiana District of the Wesleyan Church. However, in order to provide my salary in full I am doing a few things. First, I am going to be working part-time. Second, there will be money provided by the District. Third, we will receive tithes and offerings beginning in August. Finally, I am asking family, friends and churches to consider partnering with us over the next six months beginning in July.

So, how can you partner with us? There are several ways. First, you can pray for us. This is a huge, exciting and scary undertaking. We are humbled that God would call us to this task and allow us to be His ambassadors in this community. Please pray that we will be faithful to follow God's leading and to stay humble, open and teachable.

Second, you can send us either a monthly financial support or a one-time gift. We are praying for a total monthly partnership of $1500. If just thirty people committed to $50/ month then we would meet our goal. Would you pray about how you can support us financially as we step out in faith to follow God's leading?

We are excited about what lies ahead for us. The church is named Restoration Church as we hope to see people restored to God, to each other and the Church restored to what God desires it to be. We will keep things updated on this website. Thank you, in advance, for your time, prayers and financial support. May God bless you richly.

In His Grip-

Brian and Karin Hume

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