In January 2013, Mercyview welcomed 30 adults as their first round of partners (members) - in all, 50 adults and children committed themselves to God and one another, to share their lives and a common mission together. By year's end, 70 adults and children called Mercyview their home. They baptized six individuals and planted their fourth and fifth missional communities in 2013 - one in the Brady Heights neighborhood and the other in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and on average, had 50 individuals involved in missional communities weekly.
In April 2012, Mercyview moved to their public presence to Calvary Baptist Church in the McClure Park neighborhood, sharing space with one of Tulsa's historic churches. In July 2012, Mercyview absorbed a kingdom-minded church into its fellowship to unite around the gospel and serve on mission in a much greater way. Around this time, Mercyview also planted its third missional community in the South Tulsa/Bixby area. Their missional imprint also expanded as they served 31 families and 105 children at their biggest missional outreach of the year called Affordable Christmas, as well as began financially and prayerfully supporting missionaries in Indonesia and church planters in India and Bixby, OK.
Mercyview launched publicly in midtown Tulsa at Tulsa Adventist Academy in the Turner Park neighborhood, just to the east of the University of Tulsa, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. Mercyview also planted its second missional community in the Crowell Heights neighborhood at this time. They served our A29 sister church Mystery Church and Mission Joplin with two teams in their recovery efforts after the EF-5 tornado that devastated their city, as well as hosted First Baptist Church Mountain Home, AR for a week-long missions outreach with backyard bible clubs, block party, and free sports camps for the Turner Park neighborhood.
After "parachuting" into Tulsa from St. Louis, MO in the spring of 2010, the Andrews and Nahrgang families began to meet with those interested in seeing a new missional church planted in the urban core of Tulsa. Over that summer, God brought together a group of 20+ committed adults and children to form Mercyview's first missional community. They began to meet weekly and their consistent prayer was to first plant the gospel in their hearts and then ask God if he would allow them to plant a church as an overflow of this personal and communal gospel transformation. Over the next nine months, the Andrews' living room filled up with gospel-formed individuals. A church was being birthed...