This post is a continuation of a series I’m doing on young churches that have built missions into the DNA of their church. Paul Davidson of Revo Church heads up his churches missional focus and I’m thankful he took the time to tell me more about what their church is doing to engage the nations from day one. To read about other churches doing the same, click here.
In 2008, Pastor Nathan and his family felt a calling from God to plant a church in a metropolitan area to reach young adults and families with the Gospel message. In 2010, a team of 28 other people caught the vision to “Spark a Revolution of Life Change through Jesus”. They left their jobs, graduated college, and moved from all over the Southeast and even as far as Naples, Italy to all land in Winston-Salem, NC. The official launch happened in Feb. of 2011 and the church was called REVO.
Members of REVO church involved in a community project
REVO church wanted to be missional from day one. Ingraining the missional heart of God into His sent community of believers. One of the ways we gauge our sentness, or missional DNA, is to measure how much time we spend in the community. In 2011, REVO church accumulated over 6,500 volunteer hours! Adopting a scorecard that focused on how we as a church spent our time in the community was crucial for developing a foundation for local missions and a compassionate heart for our city.
At just over a year old, REVO church is also committed to bringing the Gospel to the Nations. The commandment and responsibility to take the Gospel to the Nations in the Great Commission was given to the local church, as the sent missionary, with the understanding that the timeline was “both…and”. Not, “first local…then 5 years later International”. That’s why in June of 2012, REVO church will be taking its first vision trip to a closed communist country to partner with a team of national church planters with the intention of a long-term partnership.
Another way we hope to accomplish the task of getting the Gospel to the Nations is by being a sending church. Meaning that we will continually be devoted to sending out our best people to go and live cross-culturally in order to share the Gospel with those who lack access to the Gospel. Just this past Sunday, (April 15th) one of our small group leaders sat down with me to tell us that she’s praying through moving to Africa. God is answering our prayers to use his local church as a launching pad and training ground for the Nations.
It’s my prayer that God would continue to use the local church to live intentional, incarnational lives, realizing that we have inherited the same sentness of Jesus (John 20:21) for His kingdom purpose of getting the Gospel to all nations.
By Paul Davidson
You can check out their church here: www.discoverrevo.com