A Cover Letter
This post includes the text from a cover letter I’m about to send (along with some other material) to churches. Please consider directing leaders from your congregation to this post or email me if you think I should contact them directly. Thanks!
Greetings in Christ!
My name is Bret Wells. I am a church planter in Burleson, TX associated with the Mission Alive network. I received undergrad and master’s degrees in ministry from ACU and am currently completing a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Church Studies from SMU Perkins. I served in youth, outreach & preaching ministries in churches of Christ in Texas & Louisiana for a decade before stepping out in church planting in 2008.
I’m writing to you today for two reasons. First, I would like to tell you about Missional Monks – an equipping organization born from my experiences in missional life and church planting as well as my doctoral studies at SMU. Officially formed in August 2011, Missional Monks provides an online network for collaboration in missional living as well as several resources aimed at the cultivation of whole-life discipleship in community.
Our primary equipping tool, Communitas, is a six month experience for groups which combines online learning & dialog, with intentional spiritual formation and guided missional engagement in your local context.
We also have a shorter experiences available. The Missional Imagination course (6, 8 or 10 weeks) applies the same principles and approach of Communitas in a condensed format. Then there are our weekend retreats and day-long seminars. Each of these formats provide an introduction to missional principles and practice in language which is Biblical, accessible and inspirational. I am also available to preach at your congregation, as a guest speaker or even as an interim preacher during minister transition.
The aim of Missional Monks is to assist the local church or even smaller groups of friends, in discovering the joy, adventure and power of a life lived on mission with God – right where you are. We believe that all who have been called by Christ have also be sent by Christ – this is what missional means. Missional Monks helps you live into your calling and sending. You can find more information at www.missionalmonks.com.
Secondly, I would like to invite you to consider partnering with us in the ministry of planting churches. In May 2011 ours and three other families, were launched out to begin a new church planting effort which we call The Gathering. Our vision for church planting begins with planting the gospel in our neighborhoods, coffee shops, parks, playdates, and in all the places where we live and move and have our being.
We often find ourselves developing relationships of reconciliation with people who are angry and cynical toward the church. The healing process is slow and often painful – and we need your help. Much like the apostle Paul, I find myself working among a people with whom it would be counter-productive to the gospel for me to take financial compensation. So I rely on bi-vocational work and the support of the Body of Christ.
Missional Monks is part of my long-term strategy for developing financial self-sustainability. However, in the meantime we need your help. Will you consider partnering with us through a one-time gift or a monthly donation of $200, $500 or more? Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made out to The Gathering. I would love to talk more with you about this. Please do not hesitate to call or email.
If you are interested in more information on Missional Monks or any of our equipping services, contact us here!