Church Planting in Arizona

Debbie and Mike Bishop are experienced at listening and responding to the call of God as He has moved them many times throughout their 40-year marriage. Debbie Bishop is originally from Alabama and Mike Bishop from Illinois, but they have lived in Southern California, Canada, Texas, and Arizona.

God moved them to Florence, Arizona, in 2010 to plant Harvest Church at Anthem, where Mike Bishop is the lead pastor. “The people we minister to in our community, comprised of families and retired people, come from various religious backgrounds and places in the country. We have people in the community that are unchurched, and we live in an area where there is a large Mormon population,” Debbie Bishop said.

Her main responsibility as a church planter’s wife is to encourage her husband. Beyond that, she serves as children’s ministry director and leads a women’s Bible study in her home.

Of the many challenges of church planting, Debbie Bishop said, “The greatest current challenge is to find committed Christians to help/volunteer in the different areas of ministry at church. We need people who are committed to the vision of reaching this community and area for Jesus.”

But the joys of serving where God leads are also great. “There have been times when I didn’t know if the children were understanding the Bible lessons and really getting it, but then to see that they do understand as they share what they have learned with their parents or even in children’s church. Two of the girls that attend children’s church made the decision to ask Jesus into their hearts this past year and what a celebration that was.”

Prayer Requests

  • Committed people to serve and minister to those God brings to the church
  • God’s guidance and provision in the ministry
  • The Bishops to keep their eyes focused on God and His plan

Beth Holmes watches for ministry opportunities in her hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.

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