Myron Pierce struggled to become the biggest drug dealer in North Omaha, Nebraska.
Both his parents were deep into drugs, but his grandmother was a strong spiritual influence. An influence he would need upon finding himself in prison for a very long time.
In prison, he surrendered his life to the Lord. That day he committed to planting churches though he barely knew what that meant. Upon “graduation,” seven years later he came under the influence of Ron Doetzler who discipled him and guided him into the schooling which would set him up for business and disciplemaking. Today, Myron is a “hope dealer” in the neighborhood where he once dealt drugs.
COVID-19 is hitting urban neighborhoods with a vengeance, yet Mission Church is prevailing. They’ve moved online in several ways.
Like everyone else they’re doing Facebook Live, but Myron is on there for a half-hour every day. They’ve organized Facebook watch parties which prove extremely effective in expanding their network. Online attendance currently stands at over 2,500 people—a long way up from their normal 300 in church. They’re operating four live Facebook church services on Sundays to fit into the schedules of those still working.
Myron saw opportunity to serve when the virus hit. Providing meals for children who aren’t being fed at school generated interest, and generous giving, from the larger community. The church distributed 5,000+ lunches in the past few days. The surrounding churches and the pre-Christian community are joining in. Did I mention that this kind of involvement feeds into the online church? And while most churches struggle through this thing, Mission Church’s offerings are up by 70 percent.
Highly Relational and High Touch Disciplemaking
Myron’s daily time with his people is amplified through their disciplemaking efforts via Zoom. This very multi multi-ethnic church is in touch with each other in ways no one could have imagined just a month ago. Learn from them and your disciplemaking processes will deepen. Someone in my own microchurch (via Zoom) had the wisdom to thank God for inventing technology in our meeting last night. Imagine if this thing had hit before we had Facebook Live and Zoom… I don’t even want to think about it.
After interviewing Myron, I PROMISE YOU that this podcast has the capacity to expand your reach into your congregation and their friends if you take a few notes and build some action steps. The pandemic is changing business, medicine and education in that the internet suddenly has value added that no one anticipated. It’s added value to our churches that few of us yet understand. Myron gets it and you will, too after spending 25 minutes with him on this podcast. Romans 8:28 is still true and this is just one of the many ways God can work good from this evil.
To hear the entire story, which will strengthen your hand as a pastor and access a list of the (mostly free) platforms and websites Myron uses CLICK HERE.