Lori and I thought God was calling us to plant a church for a long time before there was any action taken. It began with conversations here and there all surrounded by much prayer. We had come to a pretty definite conclusion about three years before the first home meetings began. We knew God was equipping us through great relationships and ministry experiences in that season, and we were waiting on him to give us the green light.
My way of coping with this passion while being engaged in other areas of ministry was frequent prayer trips. I would drive down into the neighborhoods around Cinco Blvd and pray over the homes that were being built. I would sit in the school parking lots and pray scriptures like Acts 2 over the homes that were being constructed. Although I had no idea where this church would meet, I would sit in the Kilpatrick Elementary parking lot and pray…. other days and times I would drive over to the construction site of Seven Lakes High School and sit in that parking lot with my Bible open, praying for the community and the people God would bring from all over the world to call this place home.