Missouri Church Uses Music to Make Gospel Connections

FENTON, Mo. (The Pathway) — One church plant’s musical method for building relationships has struck a note for residents of this St. Louis suburb.

Connect Church, a Missouri Baptist affiliated church plant here that launched on Easter 2015, is making connections in Fenton by hosting a Guitar Club for area children. During Guitar Club, Connect Church’s founding pastor Chris Perstrope — also one of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s newest multiplying churches missionaries — helps children learn the basics not only of playing the guitar, but also sometimes of playing the piano or singing.

Occasionally, the church invites children in the Guitar Club to perform for them. The children are motivated, Perstrope said, by the thought of performing in front of a live rock band — that is, Connect Church’s worship band. The parents, many of whom are unbelievers, appreciate the opportunity for their kids to perform.

“I see music as a tool to share the Gospel,” said Perstrope, a Southwest Baptist University graduate in music education who served as a worship leader at churches in Missouri, Florida and Indiana for 13 years before sensing God’s call to plant a church.

But for Fenton and others at Connect Church, the Guitar Club is not ultimately about music. Rather it is a way to build relationships and, ultimately, to make disciples in St. Louis County — statistically, one of Missouri’s most unreached counties.

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Source: Baptist Press