Archive for November, 2011

Nov 10

The Why and How of DSC’s Church Planting Plans

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Church Planting

If you’ve been around DSC for a while, you should know that we are laboring to be a church that plants churches that plant churches. In fact, just this past Monday, Carlos Griego signed the lease on a meeting place for Redemption Rio Rancho, DSC’s first local church plant.

With 2012 just around the corner, now is a good time for a refresher on why and how we’re going about church planting. Clint is DSC’s Missions Director, and he was happy (as you would imagine!) to answer several questions for us on the subject:

Can you explain to us again why we want to be a church planting church? 

For the long answer, visit our Church Planting Page, especially the FAQ section, and read Pastor Ryan’s Ten Reasons to Plant Churches Now. The bottom line is this: God sent His Son into the world to save sinners. Once Jesus accomplished this work on the cross, he came back to life and sent his followers out to proclaim the good news. Then Jesus instructed his followers to disciple believers in the context of the local church. We believe that the most Biblical and effective way to reach people and people groups is to plant churches that multiply. In light of this, we want to send folks out to North Africa and across our region to plant churches. We also pray that God will use this spirit of multiplication to awaken DSC to reaching our friends, family, and neighbors with the gospel.

Church planting is obviously a major undertaking  and at a number of levels. What are the costs involved for us as a body?

Comfort and coin. It’s going to cost us relationally as well as financially. Folks we love and find deep friendship and fellowship with may uproot from DSC and go with the first church plant (Redemption Rio Rancho), a future local church plant, or even sell all they have to move to North Africa to plant churches. And as a body, we must prayerfully serve them as they count the costs and step out in faith. It is also going to be an expensive endeavor. We hope to send out multiple church planters both locally and globally. Local church planters need temporary financial support from DSC, where as global church planters will likely need perpetual support from DSC. Either way, we are calling all of DSC to prayerfully consider starting by giving $1 per day for a year to church planting above their normal offerings. Then, as each year comes to an end, ask God in faith to provide through you to give another $1 per day to church planting. Our hope is that families and individuals will continue to increase from $1 per day, to $2 per day, to $3 per day, and more. The question shouldn’t be when can we stop, but rather, how much farther will God take us!

Giving is obviously, then, a big part of this. How can I get started or increase my giving?

The absolute best way is to set up both your regular giving and your church planting giving online here. If you’d prefer, you can use a missions envelope to designate your gift to “Church Planting.” Then, once you’ve made the commitment to give to church planting on a regular basis beyond your normal giving, you can send an email to in order to receive bimonthly updates on our church planting efforts via email.

For more information about DSC’s church planting strategy or how to set up your online giving, visit DSC’s Church Planting pages.

Nov 8

Sermon Follow-up: “In Hot Pursuit of His Presence”

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Sermon Follow-Up

In Sunday’s sermon, “In Hot Pursuit of His Presence,” Ryan explored Psalm 16 to show us how we can pray with the Psalmist, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you…in your presence there is fullness of joy.”

In the course of his message, Ryan took some time to develop how the Bible relates the presence of God with the people of God. In what sense is God always with us and in what sense is He with us when we meet together on Sunday mornings? How And what is different for us as those who live on this side of Christ’s coming and have received the Spirit of God?

That portion of the message is worth listening to several times, as those are important questions. But if you are particularly interested in this central biblical theme, there are two previous sets of messages that you should consider: Ryan’s Saturday Seminar, Biblical Theology, and Ryan’s Sunday morning series, Mapping Out the Old Testament.

In reflection upon Psalm 16’s call for us to find our delight in God and in His people, Ryan addressed what has become a rather obvious and awkward weakness here at DSC: Some of us are not coming regularly and many of us are coming late to our Sunday services.

Noting the obvious periodic good reasons for being late, Ryan gave us several reasons why we should labor to make showing up early the new normal at DSC:

  • Reverence for God
  • Respect for others
  • To set an example to our children of what’s really important
  • To demonstrate to visitors that God is among us (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)
  • To get as much of what we ultimately need (God) as we can get

Ryan also gave several practical suggestions:

  • Prepare on Saturday night
  • Plan to be early and take into consideration various predictable interruptions
  • Listen for the band when they start playing one minute before the service starts
  • Be willing to end your conversations around the building graciously, even if awkwardly, in order to get to the service on time

On this subject, two resources are helpful, including a sermon by John Piper, “Prepare to Meet Your God,” and Coty Pickney’s “Preparing to Worship.”

Nov 5

Reminder: Daylight Savings Ends Sunday

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Administrative

Benjamin Franklin had a great idea when he thought up Daylight Savings Time. We get plenty of sun in New Mexico, but Daylight Savings Time allows us to get the most sun at the best times of the day. The only downside, of course, is that we must eventually set our clocks back in the fall.

As you probably know, the day to set your clock back by one hour is tomorrow, Sunday, November 6. So, don’t forget to “fall back” by setting your clock back tonight ahead of tomorrow’s Sunday services.

Nov 4

Audio by Topic from the Elders Q&A

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Church Planting,Community,Mission,Vision

Last week we published a post in follow up to our recent Elders Q&A. Below are links to audio for specific sections from the Q&A, along with relevant links around DSC’s website and additional recommended resources. 

Church Planting 

DSC Finances

DSC’s Affiliations and Accountability


Church Membership 

Community Groups

Adoption Ministry

Schooling Approaches

Global Church Planting

Click here to listen to previous Elders Q&A’s.


Nov 1

Redemption Church Preview Service, This Sunday

2011 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Church Planting

The launch of DSC’s first church plant is fast approaching. With less than three months to launch on January 22, Redemption Church Rio Rancho is hosting a preview service on the first Sunday of each month for three months ahead of their launch. The second preview service will be held this Sunday night at DSC at 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome and childcare is provided for children 6 years and younger.

Ahead of this Sunday’s service, I asked Carlos a few questions about the planting process and how we can be praying for this new church:

1) We’ve heard that Redemption Church is hosting a few preview services. What is a preview service?

A preview service is a real service. We will worship Jesus through song, preaching, and fellowship, just as we would on a Sunday morning. Because we are not at our own place and haven’t officially launched, this service is a preview to what can be expected on a Sunday morning come January. We have these types of services to allow people to come and celebrate what God is doing in the planting of Redemption, and to give people a good look at what this church gathering will be like. We have two preview services scheduled right now, both at DSC, this Sunday, November 6, at 6:00 PM, and Sunday, December 4, at 6:00 PM.

We would love for as many people to come as possible. I would encourage others to get the word out and invite friends and family who live on the westside or in the Rio Rancho area.

2) As we get closer to the launch date of January 22, we know that finding a space is a top priority. How’s that going? 

We have, by God’s grace, found a space on the corner of 528 and Southern Boulevard. This is a great location that we have managed to lease at a great rate. It is at the busiest intersection in Rio Rancho and needs only a little work for us to move in. We will have some work days for our people to come and paint, pull up carpet, and get the place ready for our first service.

3) How can we pray for Redemption Church between now and the launch? 

Pray for our core group. Pray that we would be constantly in awe of Jesus, and for Him to be our motivation in all we do. Pray that we see ourselves as missionaries going to plant the gospel and for our church to gather around that gospel. Pray that we would be united and passionate about people meeting Jesus.

With this in mind, we are praying for at least four people to be saved in the next few months and then baptized on January 22. Our hope is to start our first gathering with a baptism service, to celebrate our new church by celebrating new lives in Christ. We have a big vision for Rio Rancho and New Mexico, and we are so grateful we have a big God who goes before us in the work. Pray that we would stay faithful to His Word and His Call, not ours.

Carlos has preached at DSC’s Sunday morning service on a number of occasions, and his sermons are available at the Messages page. For more information about Redemption Church, visit Redemption’s new website and check out their blog. For more information about DSC’s church planting strategy, visit our Church Planting pages.