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Welcome Nate!

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Nate Olmstead began his new part-time position as Church Planting Team Coordinator with RMM on October 1. Nate and his wife, Denise and their six children Abigail (8), Isaiah (7), Clay (5), Cassia (4), Trenton (2) and Jeremiah (5 months) live in Croghan, New York. They enjoy hiking, picnics, playing baseball, kickball, or anything that involves a ball!

Nate’s role involves assisting the Conservative Mennonite Conference in achieving its newly-adopted goal of seeing ten percent of our 105 churches plant a church within the next three years. He will be putting together a team of specialists who will help to foster and facilitate church planting initiatives across CMC.

Nate is a natural and gifted evangelist. He says he has enjoyed and been impassioned about church planting work ever since he was a missionary intern with RMM in Cuenca, Ecuador from 2000-2003. He says, “Serving as an intern allowed me to see the world from a global perspective. My internship allowed for the natural development of gifts that the Lord graced me with and allowed me to experience, first-hand, church planting in a different context and culture.” More recently, Nate has been involved with church planting work among immigrants and the Lord has been moving his heart to be a part of English speaking church plants as well.

Currently, Nate is meeting with two church groups (made up of Spanish speaking immigrants) in different locations and on different days, with a focus on evangelism and discipleship. The goal has been to equip each person to reproduce himself or herself—first in their own homes and secondly in their community. Nate is currently walking alongside a small group that is playing this out in the mountains of Central Mexico. They have planted a stable church and are hoping to plant more churches in neighboring communities.

Nate’s passion and vision is to:

  1. Learn from churches that are currently planting churches, gleaning their "best practices" as he encourages them on their journey.
  2. Dialogue with, teach, and equip churches that desire to initiate a church plant, but may be uncertain how to get started.
  3. Encourage and walk beside churches that have not yet considered church planting but are open to discussing possibilities that may exist in or near their communities.