House Church Planter

House Church Planter Ordination

House Church Planter Ordination

My name is Stacy Dobbins from Denver, Colorado, and I am married to Jason Dobbins. I am a homeschooling mom of four children, ages 13, 11, 3, and 2. I have served in various forms of ministry since 2007. Now, I am called to be an ordained house church planter.

Early Life and Conversion

I am the youngest of three children. I grew up as a Jehovah’s Witness. So, I grew up with the Bible, but it was all religion and works and not a relationship with God. At a young age, I went through some abuse from my brother’s friend that resulted in rocky teenage years as I tried to cope through the pain. That resulted in me moving out of my parent’s house and leaving the Jehovah’s Witness church at the young age of 16. This change ended up being the blessing in disguise as it sent me in search of a real relationship with God.

I always prayed to Him and asked Him to help me even though I was taught that God didn’t care about our earthly problems. Many times through those hard years, I asked the question, “why?”, and always heard that “it would all be used for good.” I had no idea that it was God answering me as I didn’t think that he talked to us. I ended up being introduced to a real relationship with Jesus in a non-denominational church youth group in Manteca, CA. This relationship with Christ started my long journey of trying to figure out how to have a relationship with God without any mentorship.

Calling to Ministry

I finally learned how a relationship with God works in 2003. Then, I attended a women’s healing and deliverance ministry in 2006 that blessed my spiritual walk with God. Through the time of visiting this ministry and getting healing for myself, I realized I had a sincere desire to use the things I had been through to minister to others. Finally, I made sense of God’s still small voice all those years telling me, “It would all be used for good.” I served with the women’s ministry in 2007 and got licensed as a women’s pastor in December 2007. During my time serving there, I helped with childcare, miscellaneous needs for the pastor, fundraising, teen girl’s ministry, and women’s ministry.

Life Verse

I served in the women’s ministry from 2007 until 2013 when God called me on to a different part of my journey. During my time at that ministry, I grew in my relationship with God, received the healing I needed from Him, and started honing my gifts and realizing how God was calling me. It was during this time that God revealed what I refer to as my life scripture. These verses are the scripture that sums up what I felt to be my calling in life.

It is 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, which says “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

I have a passion for using the things I have been through and what God has done through it to minister to others. So, that verse fit my life completely.

Ministry Journey

In 2013, the Lord called me out of the women’s ministry. He led me to serve in ministry with my new husband. The pastor and leaders from the women’s ministry prayed and sent me off. They knew that I was called into more ministry.

Since then, my husband and I have done lots of serving together. From long term food evangelism to Bible study groups, discipleship, worship ministry, counseling/deliverance, and house church.

I have had ministry experience and mentors but no formal training, aside from a couple of classes at Colorado Christian University. That’s where our classes at Christian Leaders Institute have come to be a blessing. Now, my husband and I are both seeking training through CLI. We are starting with this Deacon Ordination. Then, House Church Planter Ordination and Women’s Ministry Ordination are next for me. Even our oldest homeschooling daughter has started some classes at CLI while she is in high school. These classes will further her walk with the Lord and give her some high school and college credits. She can do this while she seeks out her calling from the Lord.

House Church Calling

The ministry the Lord has given and grown in us the most is a house church planter calling. We established the Denver House Church Network in 2016, as well as the We Are Church Denver. God has given us the passion to help believers go beyond seeing the church as a building we go to once a week. Instead, we work on the Monday through Saturday daily Christian family lifestyle and culture. It is being a part of a functioning body of Christ.

CLI classes, and ordination through the Christian Leaders Alliance, will help us to fill in any gaps in our cognitive walk, as well as establish credibility and commendation. And we will be using it to raise up future leaders for any house churches in our network.

Pray for us as we seek to build up the body of Christ back to the first-century church. We aim to create a culture of daily Christian lifestyle in the seven essential connections. Starting with God, our marriages and our families establishes a solid foundation built on the rock of faith in Christ. We are excited for all God has done and is doing through our house church planter call!

Henry Reyenga
Author: Henry Reyenga

Henry Reyenga is president of Christian Leaders Institute and Christian Leaders Alliance.