Connecting Church Communities Around the World

A look into Plum Creek Church’s heart for missions from the perspective of Creative Pastor Jonathan Witt

by Jenna Gatlin

Plum Creek Church, located in Castle Rock, Colorado, has always been a generous church. When their partnership with One Child Matters began in spring 2016, their pastoral leadership was not sure how the congregation would respond to the idea of child sponsorship. But they were amazed by the people’s investment and their heart for communities in need in Honduras and the Philippines.

“Seeing the tenderness and the number of people who are sponsoring has really unlocked something in our congregation,” says Jonathan. “This is the beginning of something. They’re not afraid to get their hands dirty and get out of their bubble.”

Executive Pastor of Operations, Stephen Tipps (left), and Lead Pastor, Doug Miller (right), pose with the sponsored child of one of their staff members on Malapascua Island, Philippines.

The desire to serve these communities has been solidified by the multiple mission trips that teams from Plum Creek have taken to visit their sponsored children and serve the Hope Centers. Most recently, they visited Malapascua Island in the Philippines, where the team was introduced to the local pastor and experienced his life and ministry with the children.

Jonathan says, “Pastor Doug is a pastor-supporter—he wants to see other pastors and other churches thrive. One of the things that’s exciting for our church and our leadership is asking, ‘How do we champion these pastors who are building the churches where we have sponsorships?’ There is this idea that these are ‘our guys,’ and we need to continue to support them and be
in partnership.”

Jonathan hopes as he looks back on the recent Philippines trip that the team will take their experience home with them and allow it to continue fueling the fire they feel for missions and serving God’s Kingdom around the world.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven."

— Matthew 18:10 —