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Why Snohomish and why not _______________ (enter city)?
Regardless of the time or location, more people will ask WHY vs. WHY NOT? At the core of
this are many fears, all of which are combated with faith.
It would be easy to cite statistics or identify the 10 different reasons why Snohomish (or
another city) is more strategic than other cities. The truth is that Snohomish has been on
the heart of several elders for many years. The majority of our church is divided over the
communities of Marysville and Lake Stevens. We also have a growing contingent of
people coming from Snohomish and Arlington.
Our hope is to be able to reach many more communities someday, God willing. Submitted
to the Spirit, we must evaluate our people, our church, our culture, and then decide to
“go” into a particular communities. And while one of the communities might appear more
strategically located than another, and even make a lot of sense “on paper”, the Holy
Spirit has been known to ask His church to do things that don’t make sense.
We are convinced that we must continue to take gospel risks. Therefore, the elders have
decided to go forward with our first site in the South, toward Snohomish (Lake Stevens).
We continue to move forward with prayer and fasting, trusting that the Holy Spirit will
direct us in the way we should go.
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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
have commanded you. And behold, I am with you
always, to the end of the age.”
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE MISSION - What is the mission of the church?
THE CALL - What does it mean to be a “sent” church?
THE FORM - What is a multi-site church?
THE WISDOM – What is the rationale behind this?
THE REQUIREMENTS – When should we launch a campus?
THE LOCATION – How do you decide where should we go?
THE TEAM – Who and what do we need? How can I help?
THE TIMELINE – When is all of this going to happen?
THE CHOICE – Why are we going to __________?
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When is all of this starting?
Below is a tentative timeline. Most dates are subject to change or adjustment. The
provided timeline is ONE option. Ideally, a new launch should occur in the Fall or Spring.
With the holidays, Winter is difficult time to launch anything new.
June 2012 – Announce Vision to Church
The initial stage will include a careful evaluation of the ministries of Damascus Road
Marysville. This is an effort to ensure the mother church is healthy. Visions will be
refined, leadership teams solidified, and new staff hired. This will continue to be a time of
praying and fasting for the elders and the entire church. Though this stage signals a
decision and initiates announcements, and informational meetings, there are many details
to figure out.
July-August 2012 – Informational Group Gathering
During the month of July there will be several informational meetings for the community
within our church and for those outside our church. These informal meetings would serve
as a place for individuals to ask questions, learn about the details of the mission, and
evaluate their own future involvement.
September-November 2012 – Core Group Gathering
These three months will begin a progressing ramping up of plans, systems, and leaders.
This stage will include a more visible public promotion of the upcoming launch date. The
key leaders will be identified, and the core team will begin to unify around their shared
mission to Snohomish. A location will be secured and any necessary equipment will be
November 2012 or January 2013 –Launch Damascus Road | Snohomish
September 2013 – Transition to AM
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The new church campus will need a dedicated set up team, worship team, hospitality
team, and children’s team to manage the gathering. Not all of this will be needed
immediately, but the core group of volunteers must be prepared when we do. Most
campus will begin as evening service. While the lead pastor will serve as the “point man”
for the campus, whatever pastor preaches at the Marysville campus will preach the same
sermon in Snohomish for a time.
The hope is that, within a year, the plan would be to transition the campus to Sunday
mornings, with its own dedicated preacher/pastor, and to begin to work on a third campus
in or around another city.
We are calling for volunteers to PRAY and FAST for the few weeks about the following
1. THE HOLY SPIRIT’S LEADING
2. THE LEADERS
3. THE TEAM
4. THE VOLUNTEERS
5. THE LOCATION
6. THE MUSIC
7. THE CITY
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WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH?
We believe our mission is to live out the Great Commandment as we fulfill the Great
Commission. In other words, we love one another as we make disciples and plant
churches. The gospel forms us into a family of families and sends us on mission into the
world. Specifically, we believe we are called to make disciples and plant churches. This
commitment requires a conviction that the Great Commission can be accomplished and will
be completed. Furthermore, it requires that pastors and churches view themselves not as
the end of the mission, but as a means to mobilize and equip people for mission through
the local church.
As God saves us by the power of the gospel, believers are gathered into a FAMILY where
we grow in the gospel together—taking it deeper into our own hearts as we share it in
one another’s lives. But our family is not only a collection of maturing brothers and
sisters who love one another; we are a team of ambassadors who are SENT on mission
into the world. Genuine faithfulness requires that we both gather AND scatter. This is
how the disciples understood the Great Commission as demonstrated in the expansion of
the church seen in the book of Acts.
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The following plan is flexible and open to change
depending on how the Spirit leads and provides (or
not) . The written objective of the plan is to launch
a separate campus in or around downtown
Snohomish called Damascus Road | Snohomish.
The campus will exist as an extension of our one church, sharing all of our DNA, our
leadership, and resources. The campus aims “soft” launch in the next 6 months as an
evening service around 5:30pm.
For an indefinite time, the preacher for the evening gathering in Snohomish would be the
same preacher from the morning gathering in Marysville. The elders are committed to
developing more elders, more preachers, and more planters always.
the campus lead
The current operations pastor would oversee the pastoring of the Road Groups and all
organizational aspects of the campus. This will continue until such time as God raises up a
leader from among the core group before or after the soft launch, to help manage the
campus. This is not necessarily a pastoral role.
We have begun the process of searching for a music lead to help shape the musical
identity of our worship over two campuses. This position would begin as an internship
and, by God’s grace, transition into a permanent position. Our music volunteers have
faithfully served for nearly three years without a paid lead. We believe it is time to hire
an individual who can dedicate significant time, energy, and skill into making our music
ministry a greater part of our mission.
the core team
We will begin building a core team by gathering those we already have in the given
location. This is done through Road Groups. We will host several informational meetings
throughout the summer in order to connect with local “missionaries” (who leave
Snohomish to attend a church), many of whom already have a heart for Snohomish but do
not yet attend Damascus Road. We would also plan ways to invest in the community,
through various activities, in order to reach the pre-Christians who are not connected with
a church at all. Ideally, we will have a core of 40-50 people dedicated to this mission
before the actual launch. During this core building stage, we would hope to identify
leaders and volunteers for the various needs of the new mission.
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healthy we do not refer to style or contextualization, rather, to the purity of their
teaching, leadership, and practice.
6. Is there a reformed church in the area? We should consider the theology that
is taught by the present churches. Reformed theology is growing but still somewhat
of a minority in the Northwest. If we believe that a reformed perspective of the
Scriptures is important to teach, in that it is in fact Gospel Truth, then the absence of
such sound doctrine is motivation enough to plant.
7. Is there a gospel-centered church in the area? We recognize that theological
reformed churches may be present in both name and belief. Unfortunately, many
theologically reformed churches have the reputation of reveling in their theology at
the expense of the gospel. We must consider whether those reformed churches