Welcome back to the story! God is surely moving in Pittsburgh, and we are so thankful that you are a part of it.
Once we knew that we would remain in Pittsburgh, we still had to determine where we fit into God’s plan. Over time, it became clear that God had prepared a place for Greg–and for our whole family–at a young church on Mt. Washington called The Well Church. The Well Church is only three years old. When they started, 8-10 people met each week. Since then, they have grown to 60-70 people each week. On top of that, they have baptized 14 adults in the last three years! God is moving at The Well Church, and we are excited to be a part of that.
One way that God showed us His plan for our family was through a NAMB training event Greg attended in Boston. The pastor of The Well Church, a friend named Adam Sewell, happened to be attending the same conference. During one session, the speaker began to challenge those present to discern whether their role in church planting aligned more with the role Paul played in the early church or more with the roles men like Timothy and Titus played. The speaker suggested that God has designed His church to need both people gifted like a Paul–naturally skilled at evangelism and visioning, driven to infiltrate new ground with the gospel–and those gifted like Timothy–with gifts of discipleship, more talented at keeping that new ground by helping new believers mature into christians who can lead and sustain the church.
Since The Well is a new church plant, Adam recognized the need to establish disciples and leaders within his church, but he was gifted like a Paul. Greg, on the other hand, realized during the same session that he was more naturally inclined to serve the church as a Timothy. Later that day, Adam shared with Greg that he had written in his notes, “I need a guy like Greg Lawrence.” Adam asked Greg to pray about whether or not joining up with The Well Church might be God’s leading. There was much Scripture searching and prayer and council before and after this moment, but it was a key in solidifying our new direction.
Greg will officially come on staff with Adam and The Well in January 2019. No one at The Well is full time, and we will need to continue to raise support for Greg’s position, but God has been preparing us and our supporters for this moment. In addition to his new role, Greg will continue to work as a chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains. Megan has been blessed with the ability to work from home as a researcher and editor, and she will continue to do so. We are trusting the Lord to provide the remaining support we need to cover Greg’s income at The Well. If you want more information about partnering with us through financial giving, please contact Greg.
This season was a trying one for us, but as you have prayed, we have truly seen passages like James 1:2-4 and 1 Peter 1 play out in our lives:
“ . . . [N]ow for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6b-7).
Through your prayers, God granted us faith that has now resulted in steadfastness in us and praise and honor for Him. We experienced His presence and guidance and strengthening in ways that can only be attributed to the prayers of His people praying over us words that we didn’t even have for ourself. For this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God certainly changed our plans, but in a strange way, this detour has led us even more directly to what God was calling us to do. We get to work with a thriving church plant in a city we love. We are joining the work the Lord is already doing, which has always been our hearts’ desire.
We are excited to fill you in this upcoming year on all that God is doing here in Pittsburgh as He establishes new churches in the city for His glory. Thank you for your support and love. And merry Christmas!