Why Church Planting?

The missionaries we support and send are focused on church planting because God’s plan for making disciples is the local church. There are many ways christians can help the hurting and mend the broken, but discipleship takes place in the context of the community of believers. Local communities of believers are also the most strategic way to minister to the needs of the larger community.

Mercy Hill Church is part of a network of church plants called the Summit Network. The vision of the Summit Network is to plant 1,000 churches in our generation. We want to do everything we can to see that vision come to fruition.

Introducing Redemption Church | Launching Fall 2020 in Roanoke, VA

Meet the Mundy Family

Carter and Tamara are native Roanokers. They both graduated from college in 2009, Tamara from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and Carter from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. They got married and took a hard right turn to go to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

In the back of their minds, they thought they may return to Roanoke one day to plant a church, but God wanted to develop them over time first. They moved for seminary the week after their honeymoon where, for the next three years, Carter earned a master’s degree in Christian ethics. Meanwhile, they plugged into The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham and quickly became passionate about The Summit’s vision for reaching the world through church planting.

So in 2012, Carter and Tamara were sent out of The Summit as members of a church planting team. With 30 other people who moved from Raleigh-Durham, they helped launch Mercy Hill Church. During the seven years since planting Mercy Hill, Carter has served the church as a community group leader, shepherding elder, and directional elder. Vocationally, he helped lead Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center for over six years, while Tamara has had the full-time job of raising their three children.

Finally, God led them back to thoughts of planting a church in Roanoke, and they just couldn’t resist his call any longer. When they thought of the more than 1000 baptisms Mercy Hill Church has seen over the last seven years, the numerous marriages brought back from the brink, the overall cultural influence the church has had in Greensboro, and more, they just knew they had been in the midst of something like a gospel-centered revival. Now they’re hungry to take that experience back to Roanoke. Carter and Tamara can’t wait to see who God will save and how he will change the culture through Redemption Church.

Mercy Hill Church Planting Residency

The Mercy Hill church planting residency is for leaders with a vision to plant a new church. Launching a new church is a unique entrepreneurial endeavor that requires certain skills and best practices. The 9-month residency equips planters to establish a healthy, well-organized, gospel-centered church through intentional training and hands-on pastoral experience. Prior to the residency, qualified residents will have demonstrated theological maturity, missional fruitfulness, self-awareness, and sufficient ministry experience.

Jesus Our Redeemer | est. 2013 | Baltimore, MD | jesusourredeemer.com

The Bridge | est. 2014 | Wilmington, NC | thebridgeilm.com

Mercy Church | est. 2015 | Charlotte, NC | mercycharlotte.com

Two Cities | est. 2016 | Winston-Salem, NC | twocitieschurch.net

Reach Fellowship | est. 2017 | Los Angeles, CA | rfla.org

Grace Alive | est. 2017 | Orlando, FL | gracealive.church

Redemption Heights | est. 2018 | Philadelphia, PA | redemptionheights.org

New City Church | June 2020 | Tampa, FL | newcitytpa.com

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