Fourteen Christian churches congregate in one square mile of northwest Oklahoma City. Michael Wilson tossed another into the mix, Oikos Church.
âIn our area the Sunday morning church is very well done,â Wilson said. âThe church buildings are full. These churches, although generally attracting people to the building, do not make a difference in their homes. “
Wilson, the first to graduate from the Haskins School of Christian Ministry of Oklahoma Baptists, began a church planting residency in January 2019 at Bethany, New Covenant Fellowship. The Oikos Church started in January 2020 without a start-up team or a core team, but “by the end of the residency we had two families in our community with whom we had started talking about our theme of Gospel family, which is Acts 2:46 played, âWilson says.
“COVID has helped us to perfect ourselves in the mission to which God has called us,” said the planter. âWe knew the gospel was to come into the house, but we didn’t know how it would be. With COVID, we have had more individual and individual discipleship instead of focusing on the large group.
âThe families involved with us are all young in the faith, even believers,â Wilson continued. “We intend to reach out to our neighbors three times a week face to face.”
Oikos Church holds community evenings every two weeks where the Gospel family and those they invite come together to eat, play and share.
âBasically we’re celebrating,â Wilson said. Rather than surprising participants with an unexpected Bible study, âWe personally seek ways to use people’s hopes and wounds and bring them back to God’s story.
âAs Christians, we are responsible before God to share the story of God,â Wilson continued. “We are all created in the image of God, and our lives are direct representations of the global redemptive history of God.”
Being aware of the opportunities to âbless the peopleâ is another facet of the Oikos Church, both on an individual basis and throughout the Church.
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Michael Wilson was featured in the 2021 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see Wilson Church Planter prayer requests, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp.