Jervie was just 47 days into this church plant when I interviewed him at an Exponential event. However, he had been able to do some serious groundwork due to his retirment after a career in the United States Army.
What makes Jervie so special is his deep engagement with the community. Some of this is made possible because of military retirement. He could spend time getting to know people rather than focus on gathering a crowd. We’re finding that this approach to church planting produces more disciples who make disciples which leads to more churches. In fact, when I met Jervie the church he pastors was already into pre-launch of another church in nearby Galveston.
One takeaway is the host of retired military members in our churches. These people usually bring a wide range of church experience from their various postings around the world. They’ve seen it all. They have income and a great benefits package enabling them to plant churches with a smaller financial cost. And, they usually bring a ton of leadership training to the table. Much like Jervie, who served as a gunnery sergent in the Army, my friend John Bacigalupo was a gunney in the Marine Corps before planting a small church in Okinawa–they’ve launched eight churches in Asia and the U.S. with retired military men as planters. It is significant that Jervie can be readying a new church with a sizeable core group and strong leadership team less than two months after launching what will be the mother church.
Jervie pastors Resonate Church in the relatively small community of Texas City, Texas. If you serve a smaller congregation, or smaller location, this episode will light your fire. To hear the interview in its entirety click here.