Church Planting History at MVC
MVC has had the privilege of birthing a handful of churches through church planting since its inception in 1993. When we were less than one year old, we sent a team of people to Loveland, CO to plant Heartland Community Church. In July 2001, we unleashed three of our small groups to join together and begin Windsor Community Church. Shortly thereafter, we partnered to help launch Southside Community Church in Johnson City, TN. In the summer of 2005, we sent pastor Tom Harcus and his family (who planted MVC) to Wilmington, NC to start Crossway Chapel of Wilmington with a vision to start a new region of like-minded churches on the east coast. In 2009, a team of people was sent to Ault, Colorado to start High Plains Harvest to be a regional church that impacts many small communities in the high plains of Colorado. In 2010, MVC partnered with other Crossway Chapel churches on the front range to send Eric Loyer to plant the Redeemer Fellowship on the Jersey shore in New Jersey which has birthed a new region of Crossway Chapel Churches. MVC has also had the opportunity to partner with indigenous leaders in Czech Republic and Nepal to see church planting movements start in those countries. In 2015, MVC sent a church planting team to Loveland, CO to plant Redemption Church. In 2017, MVC joined with other Crossway Churches to help support a church plant in Puerto Escondido, Mexico called Camino De La Cruz. We have had the privilege of sending multiple teams to Mexico to support the work there. In 2018, we partnered with a like-minded church in Vlorë, Albania called Kisha Ungjillore e Vëllezërve Vlorë to help support the work they are doing in Albania. MVC was able to send a missionary family with a heart for Albania to move full time to join the church and to send our first missions team to Albania to support youth camps put on by the church. In 2018, the pastors felt the Lord’s leading to set a “faith goal” of sending 10 church plant teams to new communities in the next 10 years. In 2019, MVC sent one of it’s pastors to Bozeman, MT to begin working towards seeing several church plants in the region in coming years.
We thank God for what He has done, but believe by His grace, this is just a beginning and pray the Lord would allow us to see many other churches planted along the front range of Colorado, throughout the US by establishing regional networks of churches, and across the world for the glory of God.
Why Church Planting?
Someone once wisely said, "The health of a church is not in its seating capacity, but in its sending capacity." Most Christians in America have a perspective of a successful church based primarily on size. However, size rarely equates to health, though there are exceptions. Rather, the biblical picture of success and health is shown in a church that reproduces itself through the multiplication of followers, groups, and churches (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 14:19-23). Because of the multiplying nature of the gospel, the mark of a healthy church will be it’s ability to multiply.
At MVC, we believe one of the greatest ways to make Christ known is to be very purposeful about the planting and multiplying of healthy, reproducing churches all over the world to the glory of God. This is the biblical blueprint established in the scriptures to fulfill the Great Commission. We want to see the church of Christ grow throughout the world. The only way that the church of Christ is ultimately growing is not when people are transferring from church to church, but when lives are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the Beloved Son. We believe that church planting is one of the best ways to see this happen! This is why we prioritize and sacrifice much to plant churches. We love to connect with those looking to plant a church and provide various church planting resources through tools, conferences, support and as part of a church planting network - Crossway Chapel.
Potential Church Plants
One of our 10 year Faith Goals is that by 2028 we would send 10 church planting teams into new communities. Please join us in praying for these potential church planting communities listed below. Interested in Church Planting? Click here to get involved!
Greeley, Colorado - UNC
Laramie, Wyoming - UW
Salt Lake City, Utah - UU
Grand Junction, Colorado - CMU
Denver, Colorado - DU
Albuquerque, New Mexico - UNM
Boise, Idaho - BSU
Spearfish, South Dakota - BHSU
Bozeman, Montana - MSU
Logan, Utah - USU
How Can You Be Part of Church Planting at MVC?
God has given MVC a big Faith Goal that by 2028 we would send 10 church planting teams into new communities. We are asking everyone to join us in praying for God to to use us to see these 10 church planting teams sent and asking everyone at MVC to pray about how God wants to use them to see this happen. Click here to find out more about how you can be praying for church planting at MVC.
In order to send these church planting teams, we need people to go! We need church planting leaders and team members and have opportunities to prepare you to go! If you have connections to a community we are praying about or are interested in learning more about going on a church plant, please click here!
Sending 10 church planting teams will require a lot of resources and money. While there will be specific needs for each church plant we send, a way to be financially supporting church planting through MVC would be to give to MVC. We set aside a significant amount of our giving towards missions and church planting. Click here to find out more about giving to MVC.
Church Planting Network - Crossway Chapel
As churches have been planted, and these churches have planted other churches, we have stayed connected to each other as a network of like-minded churches. We share church planting resources and provide encouragement and equipping forums for the pastors and church leaders. Each of these churches, while distinct in many ways, share the same gospel focus and common values. In order to foster the values and benefits of working together, the network was given a name - Crossway Chapel. To find out the latest information on what is happening on the Crossway Chapel movement of churches, visit our Crossway Chapel Network page and visit the network website at www.crosswaychapel.org.
Existing Crossway Chapels
Camino De La Cruz - Mexico
CB Velká Lhota - (Velká Lhota, Czech Republic)
Kostel Jinak - (Šumperk, Czech Republic)
Maják Church - (Vsetin, Czech Republic)
Metro Olomouc - (Olomouc, Czech Republic)
NA Cestē Brno - (Brno, Czech Republic)
Za Kostolom - (Zilina, Slovakia, 2017)Mountain View Community Church - Fort Collins
Pokhara Binay Church - Nepal