Troy McMahon has taken the nontraditional route to becoming a church planter.
Tell me about your circuitous route to ministry.
I grew up as a pastor’s kid in small Christian churches throughout the Midwest.
The upbringing I had in church was a very positive experience—a comfortable, safe environment.
While I was in college I made a commitment to the Navy.
I was sitting around the dinner table with Brett in 1990, and he told me he had a dream to start a church for people who didn’t go to church.
While in the Navy I finished my master’s degree at Virginia Tech, and after my commitment was complete I got a job at General Mills. My wife and I relocated from northern Virginia to Chicago.
I met Dave Ferguson, the lead pastor, who is just a year older than me.
About that time I got a promotion at General Mills and relocated from Chicago to Atlanta.
I was ready for the next promotion, and my wife and I were really seeking God’s will.
We ended up relocating back to Chicago, and I ran a business unit for General Mills there.
Janet and I prayed about this, and there were so many obstacles—financial, relinquishing my dreams of corporate success, a huge cut in pay.
Janet has a spiritual connection that is frequently a step ahead of me—a direct connection with God.
Now another big change.
I’ve been at Community Christian Church for the past 11 years and the thing we’ve been most passionate about is reproducing—reproducing leaders, Christ followers, small groups, campuses, and churches.
It appears you got your answer.
In conversations with my wife and Dave the answer would be, “You have a significant role to play here,” and that made sense to me.
What was the turning point?
When Dave said “yes” to being the vice president of this year’s North American Christian Convention, he and the leadership group got together and said we can talk about church planting or we can be about church planting.
Did you make the connection right away?
He shared about it with me over our regular lunch meeting.
Did you feel like you were getting clear direction from God?
Over and over again we got confirmation.
Why Kansas City?
I grew up outside of Kansas City, so it feels like I’m coming home.
How did you narrow the field to a specific location?
I met with a number of pastors in the area—three different churches, three different denominations.
What’s your timeline?
My entire team will be relocating to the area this fall.
How do you staff a new church?
When we started this we wanted to have a core staff of four people.
What does a guy do for seven months before the church holds its first service?
The most important thing we’ll do is develop relationships with people—people of influence and people who are far from God.
You’ll be connecting with a lot of people.
The foundation for the church will be relationships.
Transport yourself to May 2008.
We’re praying for what it would be like to have 500 people on launch day.
What is the toughest nonchurch-plant issue you’ve had to face?
Are you scared?
For more information about the new church being planted in Kansas City visit http://reachoutKC.org.