Why is Authentic Church merging with The Life Church?
Over the last couple of years of working alongside each other in ministry, Pastor John and Pastor Wayne have identified a special connection that could simply be described as a “divine flow”. Having discovered complimentary gift sets and a united heart for the kingdom between both of them, Pastor Wayne and Classy felt it would be greater for our church to partner with a church that has done ministry in Tennessee for 23 years while making a huge impact there and abroad. We are merging to increase and expand our reach, enhance our resources and ensure our rootedness.
When will Authentic Church officially become The Life Church New York?
The Life Church New York will officially launch on Easter weekend, April 12, 2020.
Who is The Life Church and who is it pastored by?
The Life Church is a fast growing, multi-site, multi-ethnic and multi-generational church based in Memphis, Tennessee founded by Pastors John and Leslie Siebeling over 23 years ago. With five locations in the Memphis area, one campus in Santiago, Chile and a vision to continue expanding in Memphis and have multiple locations in New York. The Life Church is a tangible example of its mission: one church in many locations – dynamic, Spirit-filled and diverse – serving people, developing leaders and impacting generations.
Pastor John and Leslie are the founders and Lead Pastors of The Life Church. Their passion for building God’s House began early, faithfully volunteering in their local church as young people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After serving for many years, John became the college pastor at his local church until he and Leslie moved to Kenya, Africa for three years as missionaries. It was during this time that God stirred their hearts to return to the States with a vision to plant The Life Church.
Pastor John is a sought after speaker, an author of several books and he and Pastor Leslie host annual conferences at the Houston Levee location of The Life Church that impact thousands of people. Pastor John is also a member of the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches [ARC], a church planting organization that was instrumental in the growth of Authentic Church.
What will happen to the outreach efforts traditionally spearheaded by Authentic Church such as Breakfast for Friends, the Mobile Washing Unit and Showers of Hope ministry and Serve Truck?
We will continue to operate all these outreach activities seamlessly as The Life Church New York!
Will Pastor Wayne be moving to Memphis? Will this become a video campus?
No, Pastor Wayne will continue to preach live here in New York and give oversight to expanding the gospel throughout Westchester and the New York region! Pastor Wayne will be joining the Lead Team of The Life Church helping to bring leadership and creativity to help bolster and accelerate the vision of Pastors John and Leslie alongside the passionate team of our fast growing church.
What about the funds donated to the Plan To Stay generosity initiative?
Funds donated to Plan To Stay will be restricted for the uses it was intended for. We are still committed to reaching people from Pelham to Peekskill and beyond and will reserve the funds collected to help expand our ministry after acquiring our permanent space.
What are the advantages of this merger?
Becoming The Life Church New York will accelerate our long-held desire to acquire a permanent building in Westchester. Our immediate goal is to purchase a permanent building in Westchester. Other benefits include hiring key staff roles such as a Kids Life Pastor and Youth Pastor in order to increase our capacity to serve families in Westchester. The weight and central support of The Life Church helps provide rootedness and stability so that we can reach more people far from God but close to us. Proven systems, training, internship opportunities and global missions trips are just a few more of the benefits to this exciting opportunity!
How do I learn more about the mission, vision and culture of The Life Church New York?
You can attend Discovery, a class designed to be the entry point into The Life Church where you’ll learn how to strengthen your relationship with God, build life-giving relationships, discover your purpose and learn how you can impact the world.