Why are We Called St Patrick
Christians know that we are part of a much larger story that God is telling—a story told over countless generations, among untold people groups in thousands of languages. So, it’s no surprise that churches have historically found inspiration and encouragement in taking the names of fellow believers who went before them.
St. Patrick is so named because we take many of our cues from Patrick’s ministry in Ireland roughly sixteen hundred years ago. Having been kidnapped into slavery in Ireland and living there for several years, he knew the culture, language, and customs of the Irish people, which made him ideally suited to be a messenger of the gospel—the good news that Jesus lived, died, and rose again for people like us. He committed himself to serving his Irish neighbors, spreading the gospel, and teaching the truths of classical Christian orthodoxy to a people many in the Church declared “unreachable.” The result? God used Patrick and his friends to start nearly 800 churches in Ireland in only a few years.
In the same way, we are a church rooted in this area, for this area. We are a group of friends who long to follow Jesus and point others to him in clear, compelling ways. We want to bless our communities, neighborhoods, social circles, and workplaces so that the power of the gospel changes every part of the world around us. After all, the good news isn’t just about creating great churches, but great towns as well! And, like Patrick, we are part of a church planting movement that establishes gospel-centered communities throughout our area, our nation, and the world.