Church Planting with the ARC

This past week I spent several days in Orlando, FL with the leadership team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC).  It is a privilege to serve with this amazing group of guys who God is using big time all around the country.  For too many years I did the “lone ranger” thing and I am so blessed to have so many friends to take this journey with as we together change the world.  Here’s a list of the guys on the board:

Billy Hornsby – Founder and President of the ARC
Greg SurrattSeacoast Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Co-Founder of the ARC
Rick Bezet – New Life Church, Conway, AR
Chris HodgesChurch of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL
Scott Hornsby – Fellowship Church Zachary, Zachary, LA
Dino RizzoHealing Place Church, Baton Rouge, LA
John SiebelingThe Life Church of Memphis, Cordova, TN
Stovall WeemsCelebration Church, Jacksonville, FL
Rob KetterlingRiver Valley Church, Apple Valley, MN
Joe ChampionCelebration Church, Round Rock, TX
Randy Bezet – Bayside Community Church, Bradenton, FL

(Fun times at the ARC board meeting… one of our biggest challenge was trying to open the can of hotel mints.  Check out the intensity of Chris Hodges and Billy Hornsby.)

We spent much of our time this week strategizing and planning as we prepare to plant 2000 churches by the year 2020.  It’s going to be a challenge, but not impossible.  We are currently starting a new church every 12 days!  And we are on track to plant 30 churches this year.  ARC churches are known for their passionate worship, relevant teaching, creativity, and a burning passion to reach the lost and the hurting.  Some new leaders who recently have joined the ARC include Craig Groeschel, and Robert Morris, Gateway Church.  These are exciting days to be alive and I am pumped to see all that God does as we partner together!

  • billyhornsby

    Matt, it was great being with you and Martha. You help make the Lead Team great! Love C3 and ARC. Billy

  • Jason Scheler

    WOW..sorry I missed this conference. My wife and i have been praying about church planting and are looking for tools. How do you all help church planters get started?