Important Questions About The Shepherd’s House Church Plant

  1. Why plant a church? Church planting is biblical. Throughout the book of Acts, Jesus builds His church by multiplying it again, and again. The goal of church planting is to reach souls and mobilize saints. A faithful church plants churches because it has been raising up disciples who eventually become leaders who go out and lead for Christ. Church planting may not be for everyone, but it is for every church.
  1. Who is leading as the pastor of the church plant and is he qualified? Costi Hinn is the pastor who will be leading the church plant. He is 1 Timothy 3 qualified, has proven faithful over the last 10 years of local church ministry where he has been tested, tempered, and trusted in local church ministry. He was affirmed in his calling to move to Arizona for the purpose of eventually planting a church by 18 pastors, elders, deacons, and laymen at Mission Bible Church in California in May of 2019. He has been affirmed in his calling by the elders of Redeemer Bible Church, who will be the primary sending church. Costi has a seminary degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and plans to pursue his doctorate at The Master’s Seminary once The Shepherd’s House is established as he continues to learn, grow, and sharpen his preaching and leadership gifts.
  1. Who else is leading the church plant and are they qualified? Sean Colelli and Brett McIntosh will both be leading The Shepherd’s House in vocational and bi-vocational roles. Sean will serve as Director of Worship and Music, a role he is undoubtedly qualified for and a role he has held at Redeemer Bible Church for the past three years. His passion for sound doctrine through music is evident in his ministry and his leadership gift allows him to build teams and shepherd faithfully in the area of music and worship. Brett McIntosh previously served as a Bible teacher in a California high school while serving as a pastor at Mission Bible Church. He moved in Arizona in 2020 to teach at Valley Christian High School and serve as a bi-vocational pastor at Redeemer. He will continue to serve at Valley Christian High School as a teacher until the Lord provides for him to be full-time at The Shepherd’s House. He will be the Pastor of Family & Discipleship, overseeing The Shepherd’s Kids and discipleship for families within the church. 
  1. Where will the church plant begin holding services? Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona.
  1. When will the church plant begin holding services? February 20th, 2022.
  1. Why did you choose the name, “The Shepherd’s House?” The name serves as a constant statement that this church belongs to the Good Shepherd (John 10). It is His house, and we are His under-shepherds pointing His sheep towards Him.
  1. How is the fundraising and giving being handled with integrity and accountability? Third party accounting and bookkeeping services are being provided by Accrew Financial Services and financial reports will be provided to the elders of Mission Bible Church, and Redeemer Bible Church through the launch. Furthermore, The Shepherd’s House will practice congregational reporting, providing a clear picture of how we are stewarding our resources as a body. While we believe a church should be led by elders, that does not ever negate accountability of elders to the congregation they serve. In most cases, the congregation is excitedly spurred on by reports and updates as they see their stewardship fueling ministry.
  1. What is the fundraising goal and what if it is exceeded? Our goal currently is $400,000. Should we exceed our goal, we will consider that providence of God in providing us with a building fund and immediately launch a building campaign, enacting our strategic and prayerful plan for acquiring a permanent church campus.
  1. What is the process for membership at The Shepherd’s House? All members will take a series of classes with Pastor Costi. These classes will cover our doctrine, our philosophy of ministry, our long-term prayer focuses and plans, as well as give our leaders the opportunity to fellowship with potential members and help them plug into ministry. Membership requires an application and is not guaranteed until after classes have been taken and a follow-up interview has taken place. A link is provided here.
  1. Do you have to have special training or experience to be a part of the church plant? The best church plant team members and volunteers are those who are humble, teachable, and available!
  1. What doctrinal beliefs will the church hold to? A full statement of what we teach is provided here. 
  1. Does every member have to agree to the doctrinal statement? No, but every staff member, elder, deacon, pastor, or lay leader who regularly teaches will be unified by our doctrinal statement.
  1. Who will the elders and deacons be? Costi Hinn will serve as the planting elder. Further elder and deacon nominations will take place during the the first 24-36 months of the plant. These will be men who embody the convictions of our church, are a proven picture of 1 Timothy 3, and have gone through training as elder/deacon candidates at The Shepherd’s House. 
  1. Is there a formal process for nominating elders and deacons? The Shepherd's House has a documented deacon and elder process that includes discipleship, theological study, and ongoing servant-leadership development. Beginning with faithful membership, candidates for the office of elder and deacon will be nominated by both members of the congregation and the leadership team. From there, the nominees will fill out an extensive application and be approved (or not). If approved for nomination, training will begin for a period of 12-months. The congregation will be provided with information regarding the nominees, and given at least six months to observe the nominees as future servant-leaders of the church. All members should expect a nominee to be a man who obviously serves regularly (faithful), gives generously (not a money-lover), teaches sound doctrine if an elder candidate, holds to sound doctrine if a deacon, and leads his home in spiritual maturity and godliness, along with the rest of the qualifications listed in 1 Timothy 3. Once elders and deacons have completed the process, they will be presented to the congregation and begin serving in their official role. 
  1. How will families be discipled at The Shepherd’s House? First and foremost through conviction regarding God’s design for men and women in marriage, and then as parents who lead their home. We will place a high emphasis on intentional Bible teaching through classes (we have multiple partnerships in the works), practical training, and ongoing discipleship support for marriage and parenting. What does this look like? Leaders who model it, proven parents who teach it, and people who strive towards it together! The family is under assault in our culture. We will not surrender God’s design.
  1. Without a highly established campus like the sending church, how will The Shepherd’s House provide ministry to children, families, seniors, teenagers, and more? Campuses are helpful but not the only way the body does ministry. In fact, most Christians are only on campus for 1 hour per week! What about the other 167? While we will depend greatly on our weekend worship together as a time for singing, preaching, teaching, fellowshipping, serving, giving, and the ordinances, we will put an equally high emphasis on intentional mid-week discipleship in homes throughout the Valley. Like the early church, we will gather to worship and scatter to live as a witness, linking arms together in smaller groups led by faithful members and pastors. All staff and leaders will be examples to the flock in the same ways they direct the flock. Even our pastors will be a part of a small group. As we solidify campus options for mid-week ministry, we will add ministries like AWANA to expand how we support parent discipleship. 
  1. What are the priorities of The Shepherd’s House going to be? A full list of our 10 priorities is on our website under “Our Convictions.” These 10 convictions will serve as a measuring stick for our ministry stewardship.
  1. With books projects and speaking requests, how can we be sure that Pastor Costi will be able to give enough time to the team and members of the church he is leading? As a local pastor at Redeemer, Pastor Costi leads a men’s discipleship group every Tuesday at 6am, fellowships regularly with members throughout the week, leads The Gathering team, oversees ministry interns, and enjoys lunches and breakfasts with members week to week in order to shepherd and support their spiritual growth. He writes books every couple of years within the rhythms of life and ministry (as the Lord allows), and travels several times per year to preach for partners like The Master’s Seminary & University, Shepherds360 Conference in North Carolina, Mission Bible Church (the original sending church), and like-minded churches who request help on specific theological issues. These priorities will continue to equip The Shepherd’s House and enhance its partnerships with like-minded ministries in the broader body of Christ, not hinder it. Finally, if a church is about one man, it has failed before it has begun. Pastor Costi will be in the pulpit upwards of 42-45 times per year for the first 3 years and will only preach less than that to allow gifted preachers who are raised up at The Shepherd's House to join him in the effort to preach and teach the flock. You can expect him to do his job, shepherd the church, lead the team, and continue to disciple men to be leaders in their homes and in the church.
  1. What level of safety and service for children can we expect at the church plant? Campus safety will be a top priority and The Shepherd’s Kids will be provided with a secure building that can only be accessed with a security clearance pass or pick up ticket. These are items that will be reserved for parents and security personnel only. The building will be locked down once each service has begun, and only opened for those will clearance (including parents of children who would be escorted directly to their children’s classroom).
  1. What is the long-term philosophy of ministry if The Shepherd’s House grows healthy and strong? If the Lord allows us to experience the humble joy of a successful church plant, our conviction is to eventually plant another church where the next most pressing need is. Since our team and church body will have the God-given know-how from executing it once, we believe that we can train up another leader to do it again. There is no plan to hold more than 2 services on a Sunday morning in our church history (present or future). A 3rd service will only ever be utilized as an interim option while we expand space and prepare to plant another church. If the Lord wills, we will acquire a church campus home with plenty of space for our local body, then raise up a generation of leaders to plant more like-minded churches throughout the Valley and beyond.