New churches in the South Bronx are important because they stimulate and encourage existing ones. They approach the message and mission of Jesus with audacity and a contagious stubbornness. And they help other churches from growing too comfortable or too complacent. Church plants — by their very nature of being new — force established churches to revisit and question their vision for renewal. New churches fan the flames. And Rich’s church plant in the South Bronx is hoping to do just that.
People often lose the passion to serve and engage the community. As a church planter, Rich gets to deal with individuals where he often sees real life changes take place firsthand. The small things become big wins. When he sees transformation in the way a husband treats his wife or the way a mother treats her child, he knows they’re doing the right thing. When those things start to happen, it means God is moving.