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Matt Meisenhelter, Spirit & Life Church

Tell us about you and your call and your plant.
Matt Meisenhelter: I grew up in the United Methodist Church without an understanding of God's grace. When I finally came to understand it I just knew I had to spend the rest of my life bringing God’s message of grace and freedom and justice and mercy to those like me who didn't know about it. That, obviously, readily led to a call to church vitalization and planting.

What is the vision for the plant you are in?
To see people who are disconnected from God or disconnected from God’s Church find new meaning, new purpose, new joy, and new spiritual life (Spirit & Life – see John 6:63) in the real world.

Where are you in the process of planting?
I was appointed to start the church in July 2010, and we launched weekly worship in February 2011.

What does the plant currently look like?
We recently peaked at nearly 400 people on Easter 2012 and have an average of around 200 people on an ordinary Sunday. Most of these people were previously unchurched, and are now coming to a whole new faith in Jesus Christ! Our aim is to target the unchurched, unbelieving world and make disciples for Jesus Christ! We offer one cutting-edge contemporary worship service which is supplemented by about two dozen small groups that meet throughout the week as the early Wesleyan groups did. Church planting expert Jim Griffith says "a new church can only do two things well." Our two are contemporary worship and Wesleyan small groups.

What are your current prayer needs – for you personally?
Time for doing everything that needs to be done!

What are your current prayer needs for the plant?
Pray that we can maintain positive, cooperative, Godly attitudes. Everyone has a vision, but I pray that that we would all seek God’s. We also pray continually for more and more and more people to meet God here! And more! We also pray for more volunteers to step up and serve. And prayers for a new building of our own in God's time!

What needs does the plant have? 
When we get into our own physical meeting space we'll need basic furnishings. We also need an expanded set-up and tear-down team on Sunday mornings as we continue to rent the local High School.


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