By Michael Smith
On April 13 a new professional soccer stadium will open in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joel and Julie Stegman, planters of a new church in the city, are excited about the influx of people the stadium will bring to the area.
“We decided to plant Resurrection City Church in St. Paul because it’s where we live, and we love the area,” Joel said. “We want to be in the neighborhood as it changes and, as new people move in, to be ready and waiting for them with the gospel.”
Resurrection City celebrated its launch service January 27 at Hamline Elementary. The school is located a mile from the new 19,400-seat stadium.
The Stegmans were sent by Hope Community Church, a Converge North Central congregation in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Resurrection City is the 10th church Hope Community has helped plant.
Resurrection City is a recipient of a $5,000 church planting grant from the Converge Cornerstone Fund. Ethnic church plants that open between May 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019, are eligible to receive a $12,500 grant. All other church plants that open during that time are eligible for a $5,000 grant.
A Resurrection City launch team member has written a LinkedIn article about the similarities between planting a church and launching a startup business.
Michael Smith is Converge’s content specialist.
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