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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER
Church Planting, COVID, and Tornadoes - The story of Grace + Peace (PCA) in Ooltewah, TN.

Church Planting in a Tornado

Check out the MNA video about Grace + Peace in Ooltewah, TN. Soon after their launch of public worship in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way they operate. And then the tornado hit...

Hear the story in the video above and how MNA Disaster Response TAG Region came alongside them to help them serve their neighbors.

And then hear the story behind the story in the recording of an MNA webinar below.

Church Planting in a Tornado - MNA Webinar Recording

Church Plants and Disasters
by Mike Kennamer

Church planters are not immune from disasters. Just last year we saw a number of church plants coping with disasters. From Ooltewah TN to Monroe LA, church planters put their best-laid plans aside to see what God had in store for them. Thinking back over a busy year for disasters, I thought of three ways in which church plants can plan for disaster. By the way, all these apply to established churches too.

  1. Develop a disaster response plan for your church plant. Plans can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. The key part of this is to have a plan to check on everyone connected to your church plant so that they are cared for in the event of a disaster. This includes the guy that you see every morning at the coffee shop or the families with which you interact when you coach your daughter's soccer team. Imagine the impact on these families when you check on them after the storm, in Jesus' name.
  2. Share your contact information with MNA Disaster Response. When disasters strike, MNA Disaster Response starts to reach out to churches with whom they have contact. If we have your contact information, we will reach out to you quickly. If we don't, we may have to "track you down" through mutual contacts, which can take some time. Please share your contact information with your regional specialist and have his contact information on your phone.
  3. Incorporate service to the community and mercy ministry into the DNA of your church plant. If one of your goals is outreach into the community, then mercy ministry and disaster response should come naturally. This outward focus is especially important in a church plant and helps you to reach out into the community to meet new people and care for the community in which you have been placed.
"If you are planting a church there is a high possibility that your community will be affected by a natural disaster," said Arklie Hooten, MNA Disaster Response Director. He went on to say that there is a strong history in the PCA that almost every major disaster impacts a church planting community. This was true in Atlantic City, Iowa City, the Gulf Coast, and other places. "This is a God-given opportunity for the church plant to be relevant in their community," he concluded.

In the words of another friend, it's an opportunity for the church to be the church.

MNA Disaster Response is available train, coach, and encourage your church or church plant in showing mercy to those impacted by disaster. Let us know how we may serve you.
It costs about $100 per day to operate this ministry. You can adopt a day in the life of the ministry and make an impact by praying for the ministry on that day. Learn more by visiting bit.ly/mnaadopt.

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Thank you for joining us to minister to those who have been impacted by disasters. We would love to help you discover your place within this ministry.

Mike Kennamer
MNA Disaster Response Warehouse
4063 Martha Berry Highway
Rome, GA 30165
256-899-4966
mkennamer@pcanet.org

Online giving: give.pcamna.org/to/mike-kennamer

or mail a check designated to TAG Region/Warehouse Manager to:
Mission to North America
TAG Region/Warehouse Manager - Mike Kennamer
PO Box 890233
Charlotte, NC 28289-0233


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