In the same way that people headed west in groups or trains, we know that good ministry will require the support of other ministry and community partners and individuals. Though the country store church and icehouse seems like a standalone venture, we won’t be travelling alone.
We are a part of a large network of church planting partners with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Pastor Mark has served as co-chair of the Church Planting Catalyst Team since 2018 and will continue to serve the Presbytery of Texas in this role.
Our financial and prayer partners, large and small, provide us with support in a number of different ways. We like to use the phrase ‘investment in the Kingdom’ for describing the support we will need. Our prayer partners help make ministry effective. We know this and will rely on this strength from churches, families and individuals. Our supporters also share their gifts of music, teaching, leadership and other gifts by coming and joining us on a Sunday or for a week in the summer. We hope to become a place where churches can send groups of summer missionaries to help run special events, such as Vacation Bible Schools and other outreach events.
As a church plant, we will initially depend on the financial support and backing of churches, families and individuals. We are hoping to get a wide array of support at various levels on a monthly basis, so that we can discern how much we need to make through the business to cover rent, utilities, licenses for the store, as well as insurance, benefits and a salary for Pastor Mark and his family.
Being a natural entrepreneur, Mark is hoping to generate funds in a number of different ways, as he has been doing for years. As we embark to build something beautiful for the Kingdom of God from the bare walls of a rented space, we will need a lot of support from our friends, family and brothers and sisters in Christ! Remember the concept of the barn raising and come help us build something great for God’s glory!
We want churches to think of the Pioneer Mission Community as an extension of their church's ministry. We can be an outpost for missional ministry and a destination for special events, men’s retreats, youth trips and short term mission opportunities.