Ruthe and I want to move back to the Memphis area. So do Jason and Kelly Stockdale.
*WE LOVE THE MID-SOUTH. We love the people, the diversity, the culture. Ruthe and I spent 8 years in Germantown. Jason and Kelly grew up in Barlett. We feel uniquely equipped to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel there.
*MEMPHIS NEEDS JESUS. He is the hope for changing the hearts, families and communities of the Mid-south.
*WE BELIEVE GOD IS CALLING US BACK TO PLANT A GOSPEL-CENTERED CHURCH.
This has not been an easy decision. Tupelo is a wonderful place to live, and Hope Church is an extraordinary church. Yet, for over a year, I have struggled with a restlessness and the sense that God was leading me elsewhere.
We were approached by a strong English-speaking International Church in Hong Kong about the possibility of serving as pastor. Prayer and fasting and multiple conversations yielded no clarity of direction.
Through His Word (Haggai, for example), trusted counselors, circumstances and the inner conviction of the Holy Spirit, we have sensed His call to plant in Memphis. That call has been confirmed in several unmistakable ways.
We feel great peace and great excitement about this step of faith and obedience – and not a little nervousness.
Each day this week, I’ll add more information about the church – name, launch date, location, core values, Biblical basis, strategy, and more.