Church Planting and Missions
We planted Veritas because of a deep love for the local church and a desire to be obedient to God’s mission to make disciples of all nations. We look forward to the day when the Great Commission is fulfilled and all have heard the gospel of Jesus, and we believe that it will take many different churches all over to bring about that day. That is why we passionately invest in church planting.
Support and Funding
If you would like to learn more about how to partner with Missio Veritas (the missions arm of Veritas Community Church) for a ministry or mission trip that you are involved with, you can learn more here. To apply for support you can fill out this form.
We have invested in church planting in several ways, partnership, sending, multi-campus planting, and training.
In an effort to reach the US we have started the Sojourn Network [sojournnetwork.com] with several other churches. The Sojourn Network exists to multiply churches in North America and beyond in order to advance the gospel. With this partnership we have been able to plant many churches all over North America.
We are also in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention [namb.net] — both locally and globally — to plant more churches. The SBC is the largest missions sending organization in the world and we are thankful to partner with them to plant more churches and missionaries around the world.
Pastor Nick Nye is a board member for both Sojourn Network and Send Columbus (the SBC’s initiative to reach Columbus with strategic church planting).
In addition to our networks and denominations, we have been able to commission our own church plants. Our hope is to send a church planter and missionary from our church every other year to the nations. We have supported and sent:
- Gary and Hannah Aston, who planted Redeemer Leeds in Leeds, England.
- Gabe and Monica DeGarmeaux, who helped plant Scarlet City Church in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.
Our multi-congregation strategy is nearly identical to our church planting strategy. We hope to plant many Veritas congregations around central Ohio to create a strong region of churches with a tightly knit DNA. Currently, we have two congregations, one in the Short North and one in the Tri-Village neighborhoods (Upper Arlington, Grandview, and Marble Cliff).
Regional micro-conferences, coaching, resourcing, and residency are integral parts of our church planting plan. We are beginning to host a micro-conference two times a year, bringing in seasoned, on-the-ground pastors, church planters, and theologians to focus in on an area of growth we all need. The micro-conferences are also designed as opportunities to network and develop friendships with hundreds of others in our region.
We also want to help churches with coaching. From worship arts to preaching, several of our pastors have been trained to coach church leaders. Part of coaching involves resourcing. We can resource you with all that we have learned and all the materials we can give.
Finally, we offer a residency. Our residency is designed for those who have been approved to plant and need a home-base to prepare. Beginning in 2014, we will offer stipend to approved church planters to spend 6-12 months with our church to be sent out.
If you would like to be a part of our church planting email list (only a few emails a year), please fill out the form below.
Questions about Veritas church planting can go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Primarily, we engage in the work of missions by helping plant churches. We are convinced that it is through the local church that the Great Commission will ultimately be fulfilled. Thus, we work with church plants from Ohio to England to saturate our city, state, and world with gospel-preaching churches.
We do missions because we have been commanded to make disciples of all nations and we desire to see Jesus supreme over all tribes, tongues, and nations. We see that Scripture tells us that everyone is a missionary; Veritas wants to be a community that asks where you should engage in mission. Not only do we want to engage all the nations here in Columbus, but we want to send missionaries throughout the world. Veritas is involved in missions by giving, sending, and going.
A large percentage of our budget goes to church planting and missions. We give to missions through IMB (our denominational sending agency), but more than giving to an agency, we believe that the church is the primary agent of supporting and sending. We give to many missionaries from local parachurch missionaries to the Horn of Africa to South Asia.
Giving must always lead to sending. We have sent Veritas member Christine Pellegrini to South Asia to work with AIDS victims and tell them about Jesus. We have also had the privilege of sending others to work with various missions and church plants around the world.
If giving leads to sending, then sending leads to going. Throughout the year, many of our leaders are traveling to train, encourage, and coach missionaries in the field. Teams of people from Veritas travel to the Horn of Africa, Nepal, and many other unreached parts of the world.
If you are interested in special funding or going to engage in international missions please contact us via the Connect page.