Goodness…life changes when you’re busy. We’ve been through several years of molding and preparation for this moment. We couldn’t be more EXCITED! And more TERRIFIED! I mean really…how does one prepare for this, really?!? Will you join us on this journey?
It is with great excitement that we announce to you the birth of a dream: Hope Church—a new church in Northwest Columbus, Ohio.
This vacant property was a catalyst to conversation. We realized God was moving in a most unexpected way and in a most unconventional manner. We did not see ourselves as church planters. It was not a path we expected or endeavored to follow. And yet, we sensed God’s call. After nearly a year of prayer and preparation we have come to this point.
We feel such a sense of urgency to move in this direction. It has been confirmed over and again by the Holy Spirit in ways only He can orchestrate. It is, to us, a great risk; a stepping off a cliff; a Peter walking on water moment.
As a family, we dedicated 2015 to living the God-life:
The God-life requires ACTION.
James 2:14 says that faith without action is useless. Vision without action is just a dream. We believe God created the Pratt family for a purpose. For us to reach the destiny God set, it will require each of us to actively pursue God’s purpose. We are needed for God’s kingdom and in our church.
The God-life requires COMMITMENT.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus has called us to be fully devoted followers committed to the calling he’s given us individually and corporately. For us to fulfill the mission we feel God has set out for us, it will require all of us to utilize our passions and abilities. It will require us to set before our mind’s eye the God-ordained vision on a daily basis. It will require us to see our family as part of this calling and commitment.
The God-life requires COMMUNITY.
In Acts 2:42-47 we see a picture of what an authentic community of believers should look like: Committed, Consistent, and Caring. Nothing great happens without a team – both our family and our faith community. We need each other and life is more fulfilling together. We look forward to this new faith community, and pray this community will become a unified force like in Acts. We will be intentional about reaching out and being involved in our city.
The God-life requires RISK.
2 Corinthians 3:12 reminds us that risk requires a dependence on God’s surprising activity beyond our own abilities through faith and prayer. We desire to daily be willing to take calculated Spirit-led risk to accomplish God’s vision; to advance God’s kingdom.
Consequently, we tender our resignation as Family Pastors of Radiant Life Church, Dublin so we may pick up this mantle. We are blessed with a partnership with this, our home church, through which we can ask: would you consider whether God might be calling YOU to take a calculated Spirit-led risk and join together with us to accomplish God’s vision?
We need encouragers.
We need prayer partners.
We need financial partners.
We need ministry partners.
Between now and our official launch in January 2016, we will be holding interest meetings, beginning to grow our team of ministry partners, and raise our budget. Our goal is to raise a one-year budget between now and then! We need YOUR help!
We love you. We love your families. We love your children. We thank you for loving us.
Pastors JulieAnn and Shelby Pratt