Friday, April 27, 2012

The Detroit Project

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of spending a couple hours with my good friend Ryan McVicar. Ryan is the Associate Pastor at Knox Presbyterian Church in Harrison Township, Michigan (just north of Detroit) and is preparing to plant a new church in the Royal Oak area of Detroit. The goal is that this church plant would not be an end in itself, but would become a church that in turn would plant other churches in Detroit and throughout the Detroit metro area.

The success of any such venture is of course entirely in the hands of God, but I can't imagine a much better person than Ryan to be spearheading the project. He loves the Lord and has a passion to share with others the grace that has been made known to him. A godly man and a gifted teacher, we had him as one of our speakers at the Mid-Michigan Conference for Reformed Theology last year. Ryan only had four or five days to prepare his message as he was filling in for another speaker who had to cancel at the last moment.  Even with such late notice of his involvement though, he delivered what many considered to be the finest address of the conference.

A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando), Ryan served at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis before moving to Michigan to pastor at Knox, where he has served for over five years. During his time here, God has developed in Ryan a great heart for the people of Detroit. So while he is fulfilling his duties at Knox, Ryan is also looking for others who might be interested in partnering with him in The Detroit Project. He has raised much of the necessary funding to get things off the ground, but still is looking to raise additional financial support. In addition to this, he is looking for people who might be interested in partnering with him not just financially, but in the work of ministry. Finally, I am certain that he would covet your prayers. If you have a heart for cities in general (or for Detroit, in particular!) please consider being a part of this exciting work that is getting underway in the Detroit area. Feel free to contact me or Ryan with any questions you might have.

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