Church BuildingJesus was talking to His disciples, and He made this statement: “…upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)

One of the most comforting things about doing missions is the fact that Jesus Christ promised to build His church. It is the job of a missionary to further the Gospel through church-planting. However, church-planting without disciple-making leads to empty buildings and heartless people. One simply cannot divorce church-planting from disciple-making.

Our goal is to start a new church in Port Moresby that crosses several demographics. We anticipate reaching people of multiple nationalities while pouring our lives into the average folks in the villages surrounding the city.

The strategy is to meet in the living room of our house for a few weeks or months, while we build a nucleus of believers. From there, we will most likely move into a school classroom or into a conference room at a hotel. All the while, we plan to save the money to build a building. Thankfully, we already have the property to build on, so that will not be an issue.
We have seen this strategy work many times in the past, and we expect that it will work again.

In the long-term, we envision Capital City Baptist Church of Port Moresby sending its own young men and women into remote areas of Papua New Guinea, and as God allows, into the South Pacific, carrying the Gospel. The most exciting part is that we know that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”