The following is an interview with Rob Bailey (far left of photo), StartNew Incubator team leader. Rob, as a new pastor, leads his team from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, to plant a new church in nearby League City, Texas.
Rob, briefly describe your StartNew ministry.
Our team is developing a ministry, in the Clear Lake area of Texas. We desire to come alongside others, to know and experience the love of God; to encourage and support them, so that they can be sent to invite others into that same relationship with God.
How did you get plugged into FiveTwo’s StartNew Incubator?
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church brought me in to start a new ministry in League City, Texas. As a new Pastor, I was excited at the opportunity FiveTwo’s StartNew Incubator could provide our team, as we seek to make this God-sized vision a reality.
How are you learning about the problems facing your community?
Being new to the area and community, I have spent a great deal of time getting acclimated into the city. From networking with city officials and local leaders/influencers, to visiting with residents and local pastors, I have been able to build important relationships and start identifying ways our ministry can serve the community. I recently completed a 12-week course (offered by the city) to learn more about how League City functions. I am currently finishing up a 15-week "Citizens Police Academy" with the League City Police Department. Through both of these courses, I am learning more about the demographics and culture in and around League City, while getting to know the leaders and first responders who are serving and protecting us. I am looking forward to more opportunities to serve our Police Department.