Planting Churches

by Christian Alf

This week was very exciting for us at Element Christian Church Colorado Springs! Our Launch weekend is coming up October 21st, but this past Sunday was a soft launch so we can work through some things. That means it was our first Sunday gathering as the church. A lot of work and prayer over the past few weeks, and it's nice to see it finally came to fruition.

Now why would we want to plant a church in Colorado Springs? Isn’t it the center of the Christian Church Universe in America? Every para-church organization has an office or their headquarters here, right?

That is certainly what I thought before we moved here. While it is not a spiritual desert, there is still a huge need for the Gospel in the city. Even with all these organizations present in the city, there are still a lot of people in need of hearing the Gospel. Think about your neighbors and coworkers; they are why we are answering God’s call to plant a church here.

Jesus calls us all to be a witness and to go and make disciples of those around us. He clearly states this call in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” There are three main commands here: Make Disciples, Baptize Believers, and Teach Others.

Each of these commands can be answered in a local church. Before I dig too far into this, I should define church, and especially the local church. I will use a very simple definition here, and save the in-depth discussion for later. A local church is simply a group of people gathered to worship God. This means that the gathering is focused not on the individuals but on giving God the Glory!

Acts 2:42 shows us one way in which the early church acted on this commission. It states that “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This description shows that the early church was meeting together to worship God and preach the Gospel. God blessed this dedication and brought a revival to the town. “And the Lord added to their number day by day those where were being saved.” This is our prayer for Colorado Springs.

Our vision is to see disciples formed in Element CS who then go out and make more disciples. We aim to equip those around us to teach others the Gospel and transform their communities into Gospel Communities.