Recently Sovereign Grace Ministries announced they’re moving to Louisville and are planting a new church here, led by C.J. Mahaney. Several of you have asked what I think of this announcement.
I think it is wonderful.
Sojourn leaders have a deep and abiding friendship with Sovereign Grace. Bob Kauflin has preached here and led workshops for Sojourn Music, and Dave Harvey has taught here as well. Finally, C.J. Mahaney is my dear friend and mentor, and I am so thankful for the Sovereign Grace team.
I’m also thankful for the church they come from, Covenant Life in Gaithersburg, led by my friend Joshua Harris. Josh is a gifted writer and preacher. Covenant Life is definitely in great hands to continue impacting Maryland and beyond.
Meanwhile with nearly a million people in the city of Louisville, there is always room for more churches. Some might say we’re a religious city, and that is true. But as one pastor expressed, we’re an “overchurched, undergospeled” city. So when a church springs up that emphasizes the centrality of who Jesus is, what he has done and what he’s promised to do, we welcome that church as a friend and neighbor.
- C.J. Mahaney in Louisville is great for me personally because I have a mentor in my backyard.
- It’s great for the entire Sojourn congregation because we’ll be able to collaborate on leadership development and theological training.
- It’s great for Sojourn Network and Sojourn Music as we work together and learn from each other in church planting and worship ministry.
- And it’s great for Louisville. In Sovereign Grace, we’ve all gained a neighbor who will work for the good and pray for the peace of this city we call “home.”