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PLANT CHURCHES

     AGTrust partners with Church Multiplication Network to plant new, vibrant Assemblies of God churches across America to reach the unchurched, the dechurched and the next generation. The greatest evangelistic tool God gave us is the church. We invest $30,000 in each new church to help them get established and win people to Christ. Every church plant replenishes the AGTrust investment so that each $30,000 given is a perpetual fund that will keep planting churches until our mission here is interrupted by the return of Christ.

"Building the Church
Anyone Can Call Home"

 

 

 

Pastors Jacob and Kristin Jester
Compel Church — Glendale, Arizona
www.compelchurch.com

Pastor Jacob prays with the Compel worship team before a service.

 

    "When God put the city of Phoenix in our hearts, we were immediately in love," says Jacob Jester, senior pastor of Compel Church (AG) in Glendale, Ariz. "Kristin and I loved this city before we lived here. To be effective where you are, you have to love where are you."
    Former full-time evangelists for 10 years, Jacob and Kristin Jester left their Kansas City, Mo., home in 2012 to move to Phoenix, Ariz., to plant a church.
    Shifting their focus to pastoral ministry was "exciting because we wanted to see disciples," Jacob says. "We wanted to see people experience a new relationship with Jesus and then be able to watch them live out that newfound joy. As evangelists, we didn't get to walk the journey with them. As pastors, we have the opportunity to go on the journey with them. The journey is what church planting is all about."

    When the Jesters arrived in Phoenix, they met with leadership and prayed and planned for a year. Then in January 2014, Compel Church opened its doors in the fine arts auditorium of a high school in Glendale, approximately nine miles northwest of Phoenix. Twenty-five people were in the first service.
    Since the launch the congregation has witnessed more than 200 first-time or renewed decisions for Christ at Compel.
    Pastor Jacob believes the Matching Funds, provided by AGTrust in partnership with Church Multiplication Network, were essential in establishing Compel Church. "We opened our doors on Day 1 with a church that had everything in order, and our Sunday morning experience was second to none because we had the finances to get us there."
    Compel is focused on being "a church that anyone can call home." The Jesters feel the church's growth has greatly resulted from focused discipleship, creative community outreaches, and a biblically centered Sunday morning experience.
    "God loves the unusual, He loves us, and He loves to surprise us with grace. That's what church is," says Pastor Jacob. "Church was meant to be a place where you can run when you can't find a home, a place where you are welcomed and never turned away, and a place where love abounds."

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    Thank you, AGTrust donors! You are impacting this generation and future generations through church planting. Currently, 349 church plants like Compel Church have received up to $30,000 each in Matching Funds because of your giving.

    To give a gift today, help invest in future AG generations through AGTrust, GIVE NOW. You can designate your gift to "church planting," if you would like to. Thank you for your support today!


Pastors Jacob and Kristin Jester with sons Cruz (4) and Jude (7)

 
Sunday service at Compel Church. In the last 15 months, the church's attendance
has grown from 25 people meeting in the pastor's home to averaging 200 people
in the fine arts auditorium of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz.

 

 

It's About Life Changes
at FOCUS Church         

 

 

 

FOCUS Church
Apex, North Carolina
Pastors Michael and Ashton Santiago


Over the past two years, 106 people have given their lives to Christ and 62 have
been baptized at FOCUS church.

     In 2012, with Church Multiplcation Network training and the financial assistance provided by the AGTrust partners, Michael and Ashton Santiago planted FOCUS Church in Apex, N.C.
    "AGTrust has been monumental in the planting and establishing of FOCUS. Our church would not have had the necessary resources for a healthy church without their initial investment," Pastor Michael Santiago says.
    Michael grew up a missionary kid, living in Spain for much of his childhood. When he was 14 years old, he didn't know he would plant a church in North Carolina, in a town where he had no family or personal ties. But he did know that he had a personal calling on his life, and God would use him to lead people to Jesus.
    Michael prepared for his call at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., and then served as a full-time youth pastor. He and his wife, Ashton, led youth for seven years, and it was during that time that Michael knew God was calling him and Ashton to plant a church.


Pastor Michael and Ashton Santiago

    On Memorial Day 2011, the couple took a group of seven church members to visit the Apex-Raleigh area. After spending three days in prayer and preparation, "God began to open our eyes to the people all around us," Ashton says, "and we knew they were the people God was calling us to, to help them experience a life change through Christ."
    "At FOCUS we wanted to create an environment," Pastor Santiago says, "where people who had been wounded and broken in the past could come and experience life change through Christ, no strings attached."
    Every Sunday, that message of life-change reaches people from all over the city of Apex and the extended Raleigh community. FOCUS Church averages 310 in attendance on a Sunday morning over its three scheduled services. The church, which originally started in a local elementary school, now meets in the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
    Over the past two years, 106 people have given their lives to Christ and 62 have been baptized.
    The population of the Apex-Raleigh area is expected to triple over the next 15 years. "To respond to our growing needs, we hope to one day purchase our own property for FOCUS Church," Pastor Santiago says.

     Thank you, AGTrust donors! You are impacting this generation and future generations through church planting. At least 349 church plants like FOCUS Church have received up to $30,000 in matching funds because of your giving.
    To give a gift today to help invest in future AG generations through AGTrust,
GIVE NOW. You can designate your gift to "church planting," if you would like to. Thank you for your support today!


FOCUS Church averages 310 in attendance on a Sunday
morning over its three scheduled services.

 

 

420 Come to Christ in One Year

    "Radiant Church is making a difference in the South Tampa community because of the investment that AGTrust made into our local church. We could not have seen the lives changed as we have without the help of the matching funds. Thank you for believing and investing in church planting." 

 —Pastor Aaron Burke

Pastors Aaron and Katie Burke
Radiant Church
Tampa, Florida
www.radianttampa.org

    In recent years, walking in faith has been a significant theme for Pastor Aaron Burke and wife Katie. After serving as youth pastors for six years at Brownsville Assembly in Pensacola, Fla., the couple began to sense a call to start a church that would minister to the unreached in a major city. In 2012, they moved to Tampa to take the steps to plant Radiant Church.
    Burke says he and Katie had few connections in the area and knew nothing about church planting, but their partnership with the AG Church Multiplication Network along with matching funds provided through AGTrust gave them the support they needed.
    Thanks to AGTrust donors, Burke received matching funds, which provides up to $30,000 to help churches with start-up costs. These churches then replenish $30,000 to the fund, keeping matching funds available in order to help new congregations as the need arises.
    With a mission to "display love, develop disciples and help people discover their purposes," Radiant Church opened its doors in the Britton Theater in South Tampa in September 2013, and 300 people attended the initial service. In a year and a half, church attendance has risen to a weekly average of 800. Last year, 420 people accepted Jesus as Savior during Radiant services. 

 

 


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Church Planting Highlights

• 349 church planters have received matching funds

 

The Results

• 1,020,885 contacts have been made with unchurched individuals
• 5,449 people have been baptized in water
• 3,034 people have been baptized in the Spirit
• 24,157 people have made a confession of faith
• An average of 89 people per church are attending weekly
• $3.1 million has been given to missions
• $3.36 million paid forward to Matching Fund to start new churches

 

 

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