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Sending the Frymires and McNeils

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Sending the Frymires and McNeils

In Acts 13, the church in Antioch had likely experienced some level of comfort with where they were and the leadership they were under. “In the church,” there were “prophets and teachers” (Acts 13:1) who had taken leadership over them and they had gotten used to, learned to appreciate and were perhaps even led to Jesus by these men.

However, it didn’t last forever. “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and (Paul) for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3) Notice here that Paul and Barnabas aren’t leaving upset. They aren’t displeased with their role in the church. In fact, it seems that this church is doing well! While they were worshiping together, the Holy Spirit called these two men to be set apart for new ministries so that the gospel of Jesus Christ would advance.

We have an incredible opportunity right in front of us at Severns Valley. This very thing has happened with Jay Frymire and Michael McNeil. The Holy Spirit has set apart these men and their families to be sent out for new ministries in Oklahoma and Vermont. We get the great opportunity to send these men out well, so that the gospel of Jesus Christ might be advanced.

The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention has recognized the latest movement across North America and hopes to be at the forefront of this movement. “The New Testament model for starting new churches is simple: churches plant churches.” (

Many churches would love to be in our position. Severns Valley is in a great location geographically, positioned near a thriving seminary producing young church leaders and many people with a heart to change the world with the gospel of Jesus. We believe, even in our losing of individuals, the kingdom of God will see great growth and gain as a result of our sacrifice. 

We ask that you join us on Sunday, June 26 at 4:00 pm in the Atrium. We will have a time of Q&A with the Frymires and McNeils to discuss their upcoming transitions. We will learn about the people they will be ministering to, how we can pray for them and perhaps even how we can be a part of church plants in the future. 

This is an exciting time for our church and I hope you will join us!

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