A Vision for Moving Forward

Good News

From Pastor Michael and Pastor Paul

KCC & La Vina Covenant Church Together in Mission

Looking outward, into our world and our community, we recognize that things are not as they should be. God’s heart breaks as His people continue to divide, and the reconciling power of the Gospel is not being lived-out in its fullness. There is a need in Kerman for a church that reflects our multicultural, multigenerational community and promotes the Kingdom of God.

 

As the body of Christ, it is our call and desire to make disciples of Jesus. We believe the best way to pursue this mission in Kerman and in the world is to unite as one church body, with LVCC adopting[1] KCC into its family structure. With LVCC as the leading and KCC as the joining church, we seek to more effectively move together in mission to reflect and reach our multicultural, multigenerational community for the Kingdom of God.

Why are we better together?

 

We believe that we are better together because:

 

1.     We will harness resources and steward the time, talent, and treasures of the body more effectively,

strengthening our church ministries.

2.     We will become uniquely positioned and prepared to be missional within our growing city and neighboring communities.

3.     We will effectively meet the needs of multilingual families and create new avenues of connection for the entire family. 

4.     We will create more clarity and less confusion when communicating who we are and what we do as

the church on the corner of 180 and Del Norte.

5.     We will enrich the body of believers by creating a loving place of belonging for all people. 

How do we sense God is directing us?

Over fifty years ago, KCC was planted to be a church for this community, to provide “fellowship and furtherance of the Gospel.” God gave KCC a vision to plant LVCC, a Spanish-speaking congregation, as there was a need and an opportunity to further the Gospel in a larger part of the community. Both churches thought that vision could be achieved separately, yet God continued to bring us closer together in mission and ministry!  The unifying work of the Holy Spirit began to merge hearts and ministries.  We see the evidence in:  

●      Combined efforts in facilitating Easter in the Park outreach.

●      Teamwork among the women to raise money and attend Women’s Triennial 2013.

●      The calling of Pastor Paul DePledge, which brought in a posture of openness to connecting.

●      LVCC members serving in key roles on staff at KCC.

●      Relationships forged in the creation of Gift of Blessings.

●      KCC Women participating in LVCC Women’s Gatherings each month.

●      The merging of Sunday Bible studies for all ages.

●      The merging of both youth ministries.

●      Potlucks every month bringing together all paid and volunteer staff.

●      Collaborative efforts to raise funds and resources to send students to CHIC.

●      LVCC’s generous contribution to the repavement of the parking lot.

●      Growing collaboration for VBS to the community.

●      Together reaching out to our community to meet known needs.

●      Mrs. Knowles teaching and both congregations participating in the English class.

●      Collaboration in the midst of the pandemic to make connection accessible to both congregations and to

those in our community.

●      LVCC’s desire and challenge to launch an English-speaking service, with both congregations identifying

that alone they were not successfully reaching the entire community.

 

It has been this evidence and this story that has drawn both leadership teams many months ago into conversation and corporate prayer.  Both leadership teams, through the discernment and understanding of the Holy Spirit, have been led to this vision, to come together as one church. God has brought and continues to bring us together, confirming His leading every step of the way.  Together we reflect the community we reach and the Gospel we preach. 

We are better together in mission.

 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Ephesians 2:14-18

[1] Adoption mergers are typically stable or stuck churches that integrate under the vision of a stronger, vibrant, and typically larger church. Tomberlin, Jim; Bird, Warren. Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) . Wiley. Kindle Edition.