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Canada, Church Planting, How to Make the Good News Tangible in the World

Episode 180 - Matt Hess

There are important things to remember when working in ministry. Like that it is the Holy Spirit who draws people in, not good YouTube videos. Matthew Hess shares about the value of humility in church planting (and everyday life).

He is currently working to plant twelve churches in Toronto through The Fellowships Church Planting Network in the coming years. Matt grew up in Oklahoma, and while pastoring in Northwest Mississippi, felt the Lord calling him to reach those who had never heard the Gospel. God gave him three criteria: It had to be an unchurched community, very diverse, and a big area.

With that list, and a desire to remain humble and teachable, he has been able to abide in the Lord while sharing the Good News across Toronto.

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What we talked about

  • [00:24] – Episode summary
  • [01:27] – Introduction
  • [02:58] – Diversity in Toronto
  • [03:31] – The community of all nations
  • [04:27] – Walking in unity in the midst of diversity
  • [06:21] – The path from Mississippi to Canada
  • [09:12] – How visas work in Canada
  • [10:23] – What has God been teaching you?
  • [13:28] – Foundational Missions Leadership Moment
  • [14:36] – Plans for the facilitating the Kingdom of God
  • [23:56] – What fuels your passion?
  • [28:23] – Next week on Engaging Missions
  • [31:13] – Marketplace matters
  • [32:29] – Opportunities for ministry

“I am the Vine, and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV)

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Matt Hess

Matt Hess

Missionary, Church Planter

the holy spirit brings people

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