There are some people in the BMAA who have not heard about Central until the BMAA National Meeting last week. A few of them have asked us for information. In an attempt to inform them about Central, we put together this summary of events that have taken place.
Central is the newest church plant in Desoto County, MS. Desoto is located in the extreme northwestern corner of the state just south of Memphis, TN.
In April 2012, at the BMA National Meeting in Jackson, MS. God used the Missions Commissioning Service and the heartfelt report of Dr. John David Smith to begin burdening the heart of church planter Anders Lee to begin a new plant in the county. After much prayer by a team of pastors that prayed about the initial startup of the church, God gave the green light to begin the work in February, 2013.
On May 19, 2013 Charity Baptist Church, in Ward, AR under the leadership of Pastor Keith Lewis, became the Mother Church of Central. During the summer of 2013, Anders and his family went on deputation for the plant visiting 21 of our churches in Arkansas and Mississippi. It was also during the summer that God begin to lead families to become a part of the plant. Lead Pastor, Anders Lee, also was trained by attending DCPI equipping sessions with Bro. Larry Barker, North American Director of Missions.
In the fall of 2013, the Mt. Calvary Association in Northeast AR voted to support the plant on a monthly basis. The Missions Advisory Committee of the BMAA National Missions Department also formerly endorsed the plant. Some churches began supporting the plant on a monthly basis as well.
On September 8, 2013, the plant had its first meeting. Twenty six people (6 families) gathered in the Lee home, where they still meet weekly. Throughout the fall of 2013, Core Group training was held for all the members of Central. In January, 2014 the group began having worship services. Excitement has built as the Lord has opened many doors and other families have begun attending and becoming involved.
On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, Central held its first public service on the campus of Desoto Central High School in the Performing Arts Center. One hundred fifty three people were in attendance! The Lord gave the plant 91 visitors to follow up on. In the two weeks following Easter, 9 families have returned to Central. Currently the plant has nearly 90 people actively involved and it now has 13 families who have committed to it.
The next big event for Central is the plants official launch on August 17, 2014. The plant’s Oversight Team is currently working to secure a public meeting place for Central to begin using at that time. Pray for this church plant as things continue to move forward and as they are attempting to raise $18,000 for the launch.
In the picture is featured Central’s Core Group who served feverishly for the Lord to present Central to the public on Easter for the first time.
Visit Central online at http://www.centraldesoto.com. Links are available on the web site for you to visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.