A Newly Planted Church in Arizona

In my role as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry (FH), I have opportunities to visit many churches. I always find it special to visit a congregation that is new to me.

This is especially true when I’m visiting a church that is newly planted. There is something fresh and vibrant about church plants.

Maybe it’s the eagerness of worship, or the fact that half the congregation arrived early to set up chairs in a school gym. Everyone is delighted to come together and happy to welcome visitors. Their joy is contagious.

A Church for the Disconnected

One Church, recently planted in Chandler, Ariz., meets in the multi-purpose room of a local elementary school.

I experienced one of these contagiously joyful Sundays in December when I visited One Church, a newly assembled congregation in Chandler, Ariz.

One Church’s mission is “to create a community in which people who are disconnected from God or church are becoming growing followers of Jesus Christ.”

They’re living out their mission through powerful Sunday services, a daily commitment to their community, and quarterly Sundays when they cancel the sermon to serve their city.

The Most Impressive Point

The reason I’m so impressed with One Church is their decision to partner with world missions early. Rather than waiting until they have grown to a certain point or purchased their own building, they are starting with a heart to share God’s love among the world’s most vulnerable people.

One Church’s members have already sponsored more than 30 children in San Bartolo, Nicaragua, and they’re planning their first short-term missions trip for next summer.

The surrounding community of Chandler is taking note. As One Church grows, I can’t wait to see how they fulfill their mission, both in their local community and around the world.

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About Wendy McMahan

Wendy McMahan is grateful for her front row seat in watching God “reconcile all things to Himself.” (Colossians 1:20) She still can’t believe that she gets to participate in His story every day. Wendy and her husband are proud parents to two daughters and have been foster parents to children of all ages. Wendy serves as Director of Church Engagement at Food for the Hungry. She hosts the Poverty Unlocked podcast.

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