This week, we want to introduce Charles and Julie Kiser, church planters in Dallas, Texas.
Where is your church plant?
Our plant is in Dallas, Texas.
Why did you choose the place to plant?
We chose Dallas because there are many opportunities in the city to connect with 1) those who are disconnected from God and/or Christian community; 2) those who are downtrodden and need a community to walk with them from poverty to wholeness.
What is your vision for what you are doing?
Our vision is to start missional communities in more and more nooks and crannies of culture in Dallas so that more and more people can find their place in God’s story.
What made you want to become a church planter specifically?
God called our family to be missionaries! We sensed this calling from conversations with others, time in Scripture, and a deep passion that has emerged in us. It’s like a fire in our bones. Even when we get tired and want to give up, we can’t see ourselves doing anything else.
What tips or advice would you have for someone interested in church planting?
1) If you can see yourself doing something other than church planting, then do it! Church planting is not for the faint of heart. It will be easy to quit if there’s not a deep sense of calling from God.
2) Consider first joining a church that embodies that kind of missional life you want to plant. Start a missional community with them before you branch out to start a church. If you can’t think of such a church, come to Storyline! We are FAR from perfect, but we’ll walk with you and help you get started!
If you are interested in church planting, or would like more information, please visit our website at missionalive.org.