Pastor Mike Vincent is the Senior Pastor of the Calvary Chapel located in Rosarito, MX. Mike and Sarah Vincent moved to Rosarito Mexico in 2002 as missionaries with a small team to plant a bilingual church called Calvary Chapel Rosarito. Since then, they have witnessed God’s powerful hand at work and the church now ministers to over 1000 people weekly and has had the privilege of raising up and sending out 4 church planters.
Pastor Bruce Zachary and I were blessed to attend the Mexico Pastors Conference located in one of the 10 largest cities in the world, Mexico City! The conference was hosted by Pastors Jonathon Domingo and Fermin IV (both CCPN core team partners) and the event was held at Fermin’s church “Semilla de Mostaza” (mustard seed). This was the first year that this annual conference was for Senior Pastors and their wives only, and that contributed to an intimate setting conducive to fellowship, conversation, and prayer.
The conference teaching format was unique and something that most of us had never experienced.
The conference teaching format was unique and something that most of us had never experienced. Instead of teaching verse by verse through a book of the Bible, we studied the most often mentioned local church in the Bible, the church of Ephesus. Each Pastor was assigned a specific text that related to an aspect of that local church, and they then expounded from the scriptures and applied practical lessons to our local church contexts today.
There was a strong church planting vibe that permeated throughout the conference. Pastor Bruce was able to share the heart and vision of the Calvary Church Planting Network and the Pastors were encouraged to partner with CCPN in their future church planting endeavors. There were several new church planters in attendance that were able to share their testimonies throughout the conference, and I would like to share one of those testimonies with you.
Pastor Lalo and his wife Lilia were sent out of their home church, (Semilla de Mostaza) to plant a church in Monterrey Nuevo Leon Mexico. Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico with a population of around 4 million, has never had a Calvary Chapel church plant. Lalo and his wife moved there last year with plans to find employment and get involved in the community before they opened the church. But as the word began to leak out that they were coming to plant this church, they were met by a group of people excited to partner with them. Because of this outpouring of support for the church plant, Lalo and Lilia never got around to finding jobs as they were immediately thrust into a young but thriving church. After just one year, their church (Semilla de Mostaza Monterrery) is averaging over 100 adults in attendance! (And they are still using an ipod to help them lead worship!) Please keep this and all of the future Mexico church plants in your prayers!
After just one year, their church (Semilla de Mostaza Monterrery) is averaging over 100 adults in attendance! (And they are still using an ipod to help them lead worship!)
Presently Mexico, with the most Calvary Chapel churches internationally outside of the USA, is a hotbed of missions work and church planting. As we met and prayed and discussed and strategized, the excitement surrounding church planting and the part that CCPN will play continued to build. Thankfully many of CCPN’s core materials including the Church planting manual and the Coaching manual have already been translated into Spanish, with several more translations in the works!
As we met and prayed and discussed and strategized, the excitement surrounding church planting and the part that CCPN will play continued to build.
God has great things planned for the Calvary Chapel movement in Mexico, and CCPN has and will continue to play a great part in the church planting movement in Mexico.
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