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.

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?
The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit brings people, and the Holy Spirit seals the deal in people’s hearts. Click To Tweet
  • 13:28 – Foundational Missions Leadership Moment
  • 14:36 – Plans for the facilitating the Kingdom of God
You start churches from the harvest. Click To Tweet
  • 23:56 – What fuels your passion?
  • 28:23 – Next week on Engaging Missions
  • 31:13 – Marketplace matters
  • 32:29 – Opportunities for ministry
I think that when we talk about ministry, it’s about showing the love of Christ in a tangible way to somebody else. Click To Tweet
  • 35:03 – Internet and book resources
  • 35:46 – How can we be praying for you?
  • 36:45 – A challenge for the coming days
  • 40:27 – Stories from Mongolia
  • 43:47 – Learning about our Muslim neighbors

“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

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