Missouri Church Plant Transforms Lives Through Ministry

By Kayla Rinker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (The Pathway) — Nearly one year ago, 12 people met in Jernigan Schwent’s northern Kansas City living room to discuss God’s vision for a new church plant.

Today the fulfillment of that vision, Discover Church, has risen to about 340 people each weekend.

“What God has done through our church is unnatural,” said Schwent, pastor of Discover Church here. “The trajectory and the velocity we’ve experienced in just the three months since we launched is amazing and not at all the norm. I’m not ashamed, but grateful to be able to brag on God for what He has chosen to do.”

While its official launch date was Aug. 19, God has been orchestrating and strategizing the vision of Discover Church long before that. Schwent was on staff as a student minister at Abundant Life in Lee’s Summit, when God began to stir his heart toward a new calling on his life.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be a student pastor forever, but I didn’t think I would be a senior pastor,” Schwent said. “I wrestled with that thought for a while and then God told me to get over it. He said, ‘I’ve called you to do this.’ Then He began solidifying that my next step would be to start a new church.”

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to each other, Phil Hopper, Schwent’s senior pastor at Abundant Life, felt God stirring their church to be a multiplying church.

“Our visions converged together,” Schwent said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without his obedience to God’s calling and the support Abundant Life has given us. They are highly invested in my calling as a church planter and in my family’s well-being. They are highly invested in what we’re doing and are a vital part of the vision God has planted in my heart.”

After serving as a church planting intern and honing in on God’s plan for what Discover Church would look like, Schwent hit the ground running this year building relationships and casting the vision.

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Source: Baptist Press