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Men: Why Church Plants Need You

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Planting a church requires all-hands-on-deck. Men, women, teenagers, and children all contribute in significant ways to seeing a new church come to life. The organizational needs required to make a church a church are tremendous: facility logistics, greeters, kids workers, and coffee pots (seriously). As we set out to plant the Trails, I am praying we see committed, sacrif...

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Time, Talent, Treasure

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One of the most difficult tasks for church leadership is rallying its members to be excited about serving in the church. When the pastor preaches about servanthood and contributing to the needs of the body, Christians harmoniously nod their heads in agreement. However, members often look to the person next to them to step up, rather than courageously using their own gifts ...

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Church Offices and Sunday Location

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One of the main questions every church has to think through is where they will meet. While a building is not actually the church, a building is a tremendous help in church planting. A good building makes it possible to gather people together and also reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ. Our Sunday Worship Location When Boyer Elementary was announced to open...

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Letter from Amy Newton: Director of Trails Kids

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Dear Church, I am humbled to accept the role as Director of Trails Kids and greatly look forward to what God has in store for us as a church in the days to come. For those of you that may not know me well, I have spent most of my career among young children. My degree is in early education and after teaching in the classroom for a number of years, I transitioned into chur...

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A Pastor's Prayer

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I remember as a soon-to-be dad feeling a deep love for our children. Even before I had seen them, God had placed in my heart a strong desire to know, protect, and care for our kids. Being a father is a gift I treasure, and my love for our children has grown even greater with time. In a similar way, the closer we get to planting, the more aware I am of my love for the peop...

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A Gospel-Formed Identity

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As a boy, we would go and visit my grandparents in East Texas. These trips were filled with outdoor adventures and shooting things, eating cornbread and shelling peas. I loved it.I loved my grandpa. I loved clearing fence lines and gathering brush with him. I loved singing beside him at church on Sunday morning. Before we would go to church, or out into the community, I r...

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A Culture of Discipleship

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The mission statement of the Trails is simple and focused: To glorify God by making disciples through the gospel, in community, and on mission. This is mantra that will help keep our eyes fixed on the center of the target. It also provides a filter through which we can assess emphases, projects, and the overall culture of our church. We want to plant a church with a cultur...

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Introducing The Trails Church

We are excited to announce The Trails Church first video, where Matt Boswell introduces the vision for our new church. ...

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Jacksonville Pastors' Conference Praying for The Trails

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The Jacksonville Pastors' Conference has stood as a fruitful voice for pastors in Southern Baptist life. The aim of the conference is to provide a time of encourage and renewal for pastors in the work God has called them to. The conference has included speakers such as Al Mohler, Ray Ortlund, Paul Tripp, J.D. Greear, Jim Cymbala, Ravi Zacharias, Tommy Nelson, Kent Hughes a...

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Announcing The Trails Church

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The Trails Church is a new church plant, launching this fall in Celina, TX....

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