While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

-Acts 13:2-3

Since the first days of the church, the work of making and maturing disciples of Jesus has resulted in churches duplicating themselves in new communities. The church in Antioch sent out Paul and Barnabas, now it’s our turn.

Go for Launch

On Easter Sunday, March 27th, we will launch Highlands Bible Church, our campus in Vernon, NJ. Our purpose hasn’t changed: the Highlands Campus exists to glorify God by making and maturing disciples of Jesus in the Vernon area.

Our Highlands Campus launch team is composed of a core group of families and key leaders who already live in Vernon. Led by Pastor Mike Ruel, this group is ready to open the doors and start a new phase of gospel ministry in Vernon.

Live Preaching

Our Highlands Campus will have worship services designed to make and mature disciples of Jesus in Vernon. On most Sundays, the same passages will be preached at both the Green Pond and Highlands campuses. As the Campus Pastor, Pastor Mike will bear the primary responsibility for preaching at and leading the Highlands Campus.

Local Shepherding

Our Highlands Campus will function as an extension of our ministry at the Green Pond campus. It will remain under the leadership of GPBC, with elders and under-shepherding from Vernon serving the Highlands Campus. This local shepherding is key as care for the church body is central to the making and maturing of disciples.

Beyond worship services, the Highlands Campus will offer Bible studies, Care Groups, and other ministries designed to meet the spiritual needs of the people in and around Vernon.

What’s the Big Deal?

All throughout church history, God has been pleased to use the faithful service of the saints to do his kingdom work. Sometimes we can see God’s hand clearly at work advancing the gospel, and we believe this is one of those times. God has put Green Pond Bible Chapel in a position to radically impact the community of Vernon with the message of forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.

We know God will change lives through the gospel. The only question is how many. We can’t wait to see what God will do for his glory through the Highlands Campus. Please pray with us for God to be glorified through Highlands Bible Church.

 

Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Rockaway, New Jersey. He is married with four children.

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