The Phoenix metro boasts a population just over 4 million. 85% of this is considered “unchurched,” with only 4% of those attending church considered evangelical. It was statistics like this which led Anthony Cox to move his family from North Carolina to plant Mercy Hill Church in June 2014.
Through his connection with the North American Church Planting Foundation, in 2013 Anthony was contacted about a 60 year old struggling church in downtown Phoenix in need of revitalization. Particularly, the plan was for a new church to plant and partner with this existing church with the hopes of a partnership growing into one healthy body. As would be expected, this was a long term hope and prayer.
But God has been at work! In just one year the church has voted unanimously to begin the merger. Below is an update highlighting the process and some ways to be in prayer for Mercy Hill in the days ahead.
Church on Fillmore voted unanimously to install Anthony, John, and Ricky as their new elders!
Also – Anthony, John, and Ricky re-wrote the church documents (statement of faith, church covenant, and church constitution) and taught through them for the past few months. Last month, Church on Fillmore voted in these new documents as their own.
It’s been a year since Mercy Hill Church’s core team has been on the ground here in Phoenix. Over the course of this year we have been humbled as we have seen God completely change the plans of our church planting process. MHC and Church on FIllmore have been growing together in unity as we worship together. We will be officially joining together as one family and relaunching as a new church soon! Please continue to pray for us as we move forward.
Mike is an Assistant Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism, the Associate Director for North American Church Planting for the Center for Great Commission Studies, and a National Missionary of the North American Mission Board (D.Miss., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary)