It was so great to officially welcome Allan & Kim McCullough to Restoration City this past Sunday as Allan starts a church planting residency with us and The Summit Network. Laura and I love this family and couldn’t be more excited for everything God is going to do through them in the coming years. By His grace, there’s going to be a beautiful new expression of the church planted in Herndon, VA in 2017. But between now and then, Allan, Kim, Leeland and Christy will be a part of our community at Restoration City.
Here are four quick thoughts on how we can serve the McCullough’s well in this season:
- Get to know them. I know that’s an obvious place to start but it’s something we often overlook. Say hi on a Sunday morning, get to know their story, take them out to lunch, ask them about their vision for Grace Hill, hear the story of how God called them to plant a church. Press beyond the surface and learn about their world.
- Pray for them. The more you get to know them, the easier this will be. But we all can and should be doing this on a regular basis. Take it from a guy who has done this before – planting a church is hard, scary and at times lonely. It’s a faith stretching and building journey unlike any other. Believe me, they would love your prayers!
- Connect them. Yes, some of us will leave Restoration City to go be a part of planting Grace Hill. But most of us won’t. Either way, we can all contribute to the launch team by connecting family or friends in the Herndon/Reston area with Allan and the team he is building. If you know people in that area who are looking for a church or feel called to church planting, take the initiative to connect them with Allan.
- Babysit for them. One of the best things we can do for Allan and Kim is pour into their marriage in this season. A lot of that is just creating space for them to be together and process all God is doing in this lives. That’s hard with two kids who are 2 and under. (C’mon, everything is hard with 2 kids who are 2 and under!) Taking care of the kids so they can have a date night isn’t just a great gift, it’s a strategic investment in the advance of the gospel.
Let’s work together to make this the best year of Allan and Kim’s ministry – yet! I pray we find creative ways to pour into this couple and send them out with an amazing foundation to plant and lead a powerful work of God in the suburbs of DC.