First, let's answer the question of "Who is V3?" V3 Church Planting Movement, or V3 for short, is a church planting organization designed to help churches like ours develop and grow into self-sustaining churches with a missional approach. In other words, they are designed to help us accomplish our vision.
I (Brian) came across V3 several months ago in a conversation with another church planter. When I got on their website and looked into who they were, their philosophy, etc. I was blown away at how close they are to our vision. For example, V3 specializes in helping churches develop four spaces for discipleship: Intimate (3-4 people), Personal/Equipping (6-12 people), Social (15-40 people), and Public (40+). Sound familiar? It should, because that's exactly the approach we're taking at ECHO.
In addition, V3 provides four significant things we need at ECHO need to succeed:
- Training: Regular trainings for me as a lead planter to help me navigate the intricacies of developing ECHO as a network of communities on mission. Also, V3 provides coaching specifically for this approach. This is important because my past ministry experience has always been in large churches, and this style of ministry is completely different.
- Resources: Books, videos, articles, and other resources that I can share with leaders in training at ECHO.
- Strategic Events: V3 provides two major events each year, one designed just for the planting couple and the other designed for us to bring our team. The team event is called "Praxis Gathering" and is held in Washington D.C. I'm excited because we already have 5 people from our ECHO Community signed up to go! If you're interested in finding out more about Praxis Gathering, go to www.thepraxisgathering.org.
- Funding: Perhaps the most important resource V3 provides is funding. At ECHO, we made a strategic choice to use the approach we're taking. However, it is hard to swing financially. At the conclusion of our first year of training, V3 makes a significant matching grant available to us. When that time comes, will you consider helping us reach our goals?
I hope you are as excited for our partnership with V3 as we are. This new relationship is a total game changer for us as a church plant. Please continue to pray for us and celebrate as God is doing some beautiful things!