This last Sunday (Aug 9th) CrossRoads — a sister church in Brentwood Bay — voted to dissolve and become part of The Table. They are a group of around 25-30 people who want to see something new birthed in the region: something that will grow out of their faith and hope in Christ and spread to their neighbours.
How did this start?
A couple of their members scouted us on Easter, then a dozen+ visited the following Big Table. They were at a natural point of transition as a community and were looking into options. Bishop Trevor and I brainstormed a scenario in which they became part of The Table. Bishop Trevor recommended three separate options. They decided was the best option for the sake of their community and their mission to Brentwood. They were without a minister over the summer, so we helped supply the preachers (thank you Anna, Kevin, and Simon).
Who is going to lead and pastor this community?
This will only work with the right leadership, and obviously Andy and I do not have the capacity to lead and pastor the people in Brentwood. Thankfully, we believe (along with Bishop Trevor) that we have just the right leader in Jonathan Ellis. Many of you know Jonathan, his wife Becky, and daughter Esther. They were instrumental in the development of The Table. They were both on our launch team from the very beginning. Jonathan lead music, oversaw midweek groups, and eventually graduated from a pastoral apprenticeship with us. They moved to Langley two years ago where Jonathan worked at a sister church, went to Regent, and was ordained as a minister. Now they’re moving back to the island with their daughter Esther in order for Jonathan to plant and lead this new community not far from where they both grew up. [Fun fact: Jonathan is the son of Rod Ellis, the lead pastor at COOL, and the sister of Lisa (Ellis) Thomson.]
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