Aberdeen Church’s New Chapter

from Pastor Matt Rose

    “Aberdeen has embarked on a new and different

journey, still seeking to be faithful to the call of God

to go and make disciples. The spark of mission and love for the neighborhood that led to Aberdeen’s founding nearly 100 years ago still propels us forward.

     Jesus, in John 12 says that “unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” With our transition comes a kind of death. We grieve that death. And yet we also await new life. Our prayer is that a renewal, in the form of many new followers of Jesus, will also spring from the ground.
     We are no longer meeting in our church building for worship. Instead, a core group is meeting in a home on Sunday nights. We share a meal, catch up, discuss some section of scripture, and pray together. That's been our rhythm so far. We recently finished reading through the New Testament together and had some great discussions along the way.
    In September we began a deeper dive into the life of prayer, using some material to guide us through the Lord's Prayer. If you're a curious person you can take a look at the course, link to
     Emerging is a house church ministry that seeks to move the focal point from a single building to many homes scattered throughout Grand Rapids’ north end and beyond.
    The goal is to become what Jesus has called us to be: his apprentices who invite others to the journey with Jesus.

     It feels new to us, even innovative. And yet by volume, this is the primary way followers of Jesus have been gathering for thousands of years in every corner of the globe. Small groups of people gathered around Jesus in a home to love one another, grow together, and actively seek the renewal of their place.

     We've begun this journey like Abraham, obediently putting one foot in front of the other, not yet sure where the road will lead but trusting that it is God who called us to start walking. And like the eleven men left standing on the hill overlooking the sea as Jesus ascended, we go knowing that our God and Father goes before us. And His Son has not left us to journey alone but generously pours out His Spirit to be and do all He has called us to in Christ.”

(If you would like to financially support this new effort.....

* Go to the home page of Coram Deo ( and click on the word “give.” You’ll be redirected to a giving page. Select “Grand Rapids Church Plant” from the drop down menu titled “fund.” Enter an amount and you’ll be prompted to enter bank account or credit card information.

* You can also give by mailing a check to Coram Deo Association of Churches. Mail the check to 291 W. Lakewood Blvd. #4, Holland, MI 49424. Just be sure to write “Grand Rapids Church Plant” in the memo line.

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                    Matt Rose