Feedback: Partnering with 614 Church (Columbus, OH) – May 8-10, 2015
Debs, Cade and I visited 614 Church in Columbus, OH this past weekend. 614 Church was planted by Dave & Kathy Swart (along with their 4 kids and Kathy’s parents – Clive & Wendy Willoughby) towards the end of 2014. Dave & Kathy served for many years on the eldership team at CITC and have long had a desire to be used of God in church planting.
Over the past 6-7 months God has added such wonderful people to the growing 614 Church family; people of diverse backgrounds, gifting and passion and under Dave & Kathy’s leadership, they’re unified in their love for Jesus and desire to see the Kingdom of God impact Columbus and beyond.
614 Church currently meets in Dave & Kathy’s living room where about 40-50 people squeeze in each Sunday for worship, preaching, ministry (including children’s ministry in the basement) and fellowship afterwards over lunch. They’ve recently added a mid-week prayer meeting and worship gathering and Dave & Kathy are starting leadership training over the summer to help prepare those God has added to “share the load”.
Dave & Kathy have dreamed of church planting for many years but have wisely and patiently waited for the Lord to make the right timing clear to them. Since they’ve said YES in the right season, it’s so evident that God is blessing their obedience and desire to follow His leading closely. Because this is such a mark of their leadership, I’m in no doubt Dave & Kathy will lead 614 Church into incredible adventures and fruitfulness in the years to come. It was also awesome to see Dave & Kathy’s 4 kids (Connor, Abigail, Nyasia & Charlotte) helping to set up church before everyone arrived and helping out in various ways during the Sunday worship gathering; Abigail sang on the worship team and Conner helped with media.
There will be many opportunities into the future to visit and serve alongside Dave & Kathy and the 614 Church family so please continue to pray for them and let me know if you ever want to be part of a ministry team that visits Columbus in the future.
– Steve & Debs