Part of the reason for this blog is to write down some of the history behind the beginning of North Creek Church. It all began when Mark, myself, Kris Gray and Nick Yonko visited North Point Community Church in the summer of 2005 in order to get an idea of how to do different models of ministry. Boy, did that trip “mess up” our lives! Truly, walking into that church abolished every idea we had about how to do things and began a quest to rediscover ministry.
That fall we began the first conversations with our senior pastor about what was stirring in our hearts. He encouraged us to attend the Church Planting Intensive weekend in November. When we went there we did not know just how quickly our lives would begin to move. At that intensive, you were given one month to decide your course of action. If you were planning on planting a church in the 2006-2007 timeframe, then you would attend the second intensive in December. If you wanted to wait, pray, or think about it, you would put that on hold until December of the following year.
And that was the deciding point. Not a particular call of God or a mandate to do it, just an ultimatum to attend a training weekend or not! A whole year to wait seemed too far away, so we committed at that point to open a church – probably in September 2006.
It was at that juncture that we had to begin to assemble a team around us. And those are the best stories of them all! Stay tuned…