By Joe Conway, Baptist Press
[img_assist|nid=8031|title=Church Plant|desc=Church planter Derek Osburn talks with Amy Johnson, a member of The Vine Community Church in Clovis, N.M. The church plant – already with more than 200 in Sunday services – currently meets at a local Christian school until its new building is ready later in 2012.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=471]EDITOR’S NOTE: Southern Baptist churches are engaged in the annual Week of Prayer for North American Missions, March 4-11, in conjunction with the 2012 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. With a goal of $70 million, AAEO gifts help pay the salaries and ministry support for missionaries serving in North America with the SBC’s North American Mission Board. For more information, visit www. anniearmstrong.com.
CLOVIS, N.M. (BP) – Derek Osburn never set out to be a poster child for missional church staff members but, as a youth minister in New Mexico, God broadened his horizons.
The pivotal decision point for Osburn came at a state evangelism conference where Ed Stetzer challenged the audience. Stetzer, a longtime church planter and church planting advocate, is vice president of research and ministry development for LifeWay Christian Resources.
“He said you will not change your circumstances until the discomfort of staying outweighs the discomfort of leaving,” Osburn recounted. “That was the turning point for me. I knew it was time to go.”