Church Planting History
Windsor Community Church is a church plant and by God’s grace has had the privilege of birthing several churches since our inception in 2001. Our first church was planted in 2006 and our most recent was June, 2021. It is safe to say that church planting has been in our DNA since the beginning, and now, through the Crossway Network, we are fortunate to be part of a church planting network that spans the globe.
Here is a recent sermon series called SENT that reveals our heart for the nations and specifically Church Planting.
Below, you can see a timeline of the various church plants we have sent from WCC.
In 2006, we sent a team of people to Greeley CO, to plant Crossway Greeley.
In 2006, WCC had the opportunity to partner with Mountain View Community Church and indigenous leaders in the Czech Republic start the Majak Network of churches (11 churches as of December 2021).
In 2010, WCC partnered with other Crossway Colorado churches to send Eric Loyer to plant the Redeemer Fellowship on the Jersey shore in New Jersey.
In 2015, WCC made a 3-year commitment to support a team of people sent out by Mountain View to Loveland, Colorado, to plant Redemption Church Loveland.
In September of 2020, we sent Pastor Chris Schuett and his family to help plant Sheridan Bible Church in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Easter 2021, we sent two pastors and 16 families to plant Redemption Greeley.
June 2021, we sent our church-planting resident and his family to replant Living Water Fellowship in East Greeley.
We thank God for what He has done, but believe by His grace, this is just a beginning and pray the Lord would allow us in partnership with other Crossway Colorado churches to help facilitate a church-planting movement along the front range of Colorado, throughout the US by establishing regional networks of churches, and across the world for the glory of God.
Why Church Planting
First, maybe we should answer, “what is a church plant?” Simply put, it is a church that is birthed by another church. Oftentimes, this is when one church sends a group of people to begin a new work in a different geographical area.
Someone once wisely said, “The health of a church is not in its seating capacity, but in its sending capacity.” Most Christians in America have a perspective of a successful church based primarily on its ability to facilitate church growth. However, size rarely equates to health, though there are exceptions. Rather, the biblical picture of success and health is shown in a church that reproduces itself through the multiplication of followers, groups, and churches (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 14:19-23). Because of the multiplying nature of the gospel, the mark of a healthy church will be its ability to multiply.
One of the greatest ways to make Christ known is to be very purposeful about the planting and multiplying of healthy, reproducing churches all over the world to the glory of God. This is the biblical blueprint established in the scriptures to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to see the church of Christ grow throughout the world. The only way that the church of Christ is ultimately growing is not when people are transferring from church to church, but when lives are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son. We believe that church planting is one of the best ways to see this happen! This is why we prioritize and sacrifice much to plant churches. We love to connect with those looking to plant a church and provide various church planting resources through tools, conferences, support, and as part of a church planting network – Crossway Network.
How Can You Be Part of Church Planting at WCC?
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Pray for wisdom on where to plant, leaders to lead, and servants to go.
In order to send these church planting teams, we need people to go! We need church planting leaders and team members and have opportunities to prepare you to go! Do you have connections to a community we are praying about or are interested in learning more about going on a church plant?
If history is any indicator of the past, we will be sending key leaders and families and our desire is to lend support financially for three years. We set aside a significant amount of our giving towards missions and church planting.
Church Planting Network – Crossway Network
As churches have been planted, and these churches have planted other churches, we have stayed connected to each other as a church planting network. We share church planting resources and provide encouragement and equipping forums for the pastors and church leaders. Each of these churches, while distinct in many ways, share the same gospel focus and common values. In order to foster the values and benefits of working together, the network was given a name – Crossway Network. To find out the latest information on what is happening on the Crossway Network, visit our Crossway Network page and visit the network website at www.crosswaynetwork.org.