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Interview with Trinity Grace Church Part 2

In this second video, Guy Wasko and Caleb Clardy of Trinity Grace Church continue to explain the Parish Model, which is becoming increasingly popular among church planters in urban contexts. Spanish River Church has partnered with Jon Tyson to start three of their now five parish churches.

In this video, Caleb and Guy explain and answer the discipleship structure of Trinity Grace Church, including:

  • Sunday Gatherings – Weekly traditional Sunday Service
  • Missional Communities – Groups serving their neighborhoods
  • Life Groups – Neighborhood centered small groups
  • Core Communities – Same sex groups consisting of approx 3 believers
  • City-Wide Worship – Collection of all the TGC family to worship Jesus
Look out for the next two parts to be released in the coming days. For those with longer attention spans, you may watch the full video here.

Interview with Trinity Grace Church Part 1

Have you asked the question, “What is the ‘Parish Model’ of church planting?” I have, and in late 2010, I had the pleasure of sitting down with good friends and Spanish River Network church planters Caleb Clardy and Guy Wasko to examine in depth the increasingly popular church planting movement known as the Trinity Grace Church network of churches.

My hope was to unearth what has made them uniquely successful in the urban church planter cemetery of NYC. Where others have come with lofty dreams and fallen by the wayside, this spirit filled, prayerful and motivated team of planters has persevered, grown, and even thrived in territories New York churches have poorly reached in years prior. Jon Tyson, originally from Australia, has led Trinity Grace from a single church to five, with more launching nearly every year.

They have parishes in:

Trinity Grace Church utilizes the “Parish Model“, as many describe it, to surface church planters, create neighborhood missional communities, and ultimately start new churches. Each of these church plants are highly connected, yet distinct as the neighborhood they are reaching. This vision of having gospel centered neighborhood church plants in New York is shared by many, including Redeemer, who is beginning to transition their main parish church into several sites throughout the city.

In this first of four parts, Caleb and Guy explain and answer:

  • Who is Trinity Grace Church? (1 min 12 sec)
  • What are the benefits of the Parish Model? (1 min 51 sec)
  • Warnings about choosing the Parish Model (7 min 30 sec)
Look out for the next three parts to be released in the coming days. For those with longer attention spans, you may watch the full video here.

Ron on the Road: San Francisco Church Planters

We have spent a long weekend in San Francisco visiting with pastors, and also taking some time to visit with our son Calvin and our daughter-in-law Alexandra.

Fred Harrell and Mike Hayes | Pastors| Christ Church San Francisco

Fred Harrell and Mike Hayes

Grace Church of Marin

On Saturday morning, I had breakfast with Rod Miles the senior pastor at Grace Church of Marin. This church is six years old and is located in the upscale community on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge known as Marin County. An amazing 30% of the people that live here are self-employed and the average income is almost $100,000.00/yr. This makes the cost of living and raising a family here very expensive. The Miles are parents of three teenage boys and are very involved in the community.

Grace Church of Marin averages around 130 in attendance at their Sunday worship services. Rod shared some stories of some men in the community that have recently trusted Christ, and have gotten involved in the Church. Rod is very appreciative of the financial investment that Spanish River made to Grace Church, and also of the coaching he received from David Nicholas in the early days of his church. He hopes that Grace Church will be able in the near future to have the same kind of impact for other bay area church plants.

City Church of San Francisco

On Sunday morning we drove into downtown San Francisco to worship with City Church of San Francisco. City Church is led by church planter and Senior Pastor, Fred Harrell, and Mike Hayes who serves as the Executive Pastor. City Church began in February 1997 and has grown to a congregation of around 1600 attendees. They partner with ministries throughout the city and the region ranging from homeless shelters, to AIDS hospices, and women’s crisis centers.

Christ Church East Bay

City Church is also active in new church development globally, nationally, and locally. Spanish River has partnered City Church to plant several churches in the Bay area. One of those churches is Christ Church which hold services in Berkeley and Rockridge. On Sunday evening we attended the service in Rockridge. The senior pastor Bart Garrett was away on vacation, so the service was led by Jonathan St. Clair. Bart and Jonathan came to the East Bay Area in 2005 to start this ministry with the help of SRC. The church is growing and is actively engaged in serving their communities.

Ron on the Road: Seattle Church Planters

Mike Kelly, Ron, John Haralson, and Michael Subracko | Seattle | SRC Church Planting

Mike Kelly, Ron, John Haralson, and Michael Subracko

On Saturday morning, Miriam and I met with three pastors that have some incredible ministry going on in Seattle.

Green Lake Presbyterian Church

Mike Kelly is the senior pastor of Green Lake Presbyterian Church, he also is directing a movement to plant more churches in the northwest. Mike and his team serve a multi-site ministry called CrossPoint Churches. Think of CrossPoint as a family of churches in missional partnership to cross barriers that divide the Seattle area–and the world–and more together than any single congregation could imagine.

Grace Seattle

John Haralson and Michael Subracko serve at Grace Seattle, which is a church that Spanish River was instrumental in helping to plant several years ago. John has done a wonderful job as the senior pastor. The church has gone through some difficult leadership challenges, and John has stepped in and has righted the ship and Grace Seattle is growing and serving the community in outstanding ways.  Michael who serves as the associate minister at Grace Seattle also served in the mission field alongside Tom Hudson in Portugal. Grace Seattle is also just recently planted a church in West Seattle. Andy Pelander is the church planter at All Souls Church.

Acts 29 Network

Ron Tobias and Scott Thomas | SRC Church Planting

Scott Thomas of Acts 29

We later met with Scott Thomas, who is the President of Acts 29. Scott has led this ministry for several years which was founded by David Nicholas and Mark Driscoll. Acts 29 is a church planting ministry that has played a role in hundreds of church plants around the world. SRC has partnered with Acts 29 on several of these church plants. Scott just recently wrote a book called “Gospel Coach” and his is very busy teaching seminars around the country on this subject.

Please keep all these men in your prayers as they serve the Lord in Seattle.

Ron on the Road: Jon Tyson and Michael Rudzena

Trinity Grace Eastside – Jon Tyson

Ron Tobias with Jon Tyson

Jon Tyson with Ron

Sunday morning we packed the car and drove to the upper east side to attend Trinity Grace Eastside’s 9:30 service. Jon Tyson serves as the lead pastor of this church, Jon is also the visionary leader of the Trinity Grace Church network, which now has seven worship communities.  Spanish River has had the honor of partnering on most of these church plants.

TGC Eastside meets in the Bohemian National Hall, they have a very active children’s ministry, and the music was very reflective of the culture of this neighborhood. They often include stringed instruments (cello and violin) in their worship experience.

Trinity Grace Tribeca – Michael Rudzena

Jon Tyson and Michael Rudzena

Jon Tyson and Michael Rudzena

The speaker on Sunday morning was Michael Rudzena, who is relatively new to New York.

Michael is going through the Redeemer Church Fellows program, which is a year long training program for men who are being called to plant a church in New York. Michael will be planting a TGC in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York.

Michael and his family are now living in the Tribeca area, and will be serving at Trinity Grace Eastside while he prepares to start the new church. Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers as he studies and launches this new work.

Yankee Stadium

Sam Rine and Gary Lewis

Sam Rine and Gary Lewis

After church, we headed to Yankee Stadium and watched the Yankees play the Red Sox. We were able to watch the game with Gary Lewis and Sam Rine friends from Boca Raton and members of Spanish River Church. Sam and Gary were brave enough to wear Red Sox shirts to the unfriendly confines of Yankee Stadium. The Yankee fans were good natured in their teasing, and were pleased to have their team dominate the Red Sox.

We had mercy on Sam and Gary and drove them straight to the airport, so they could leave town, without further humiliation. It was a great day and lots of fun. We then hit the road and started the drive to Boston.

By the way, The Red Sox took game two of the doubleheader that day, and still lead the Tampa Bay Rays by one game in the wild card race.