Greetings from MIM Naples!
It is that time again! Saturday is here…. Looking forward to seeing you brother as we keep building men to be leaders in their family, community, church, nation and world. We all have a purpose as we continue to serve by leading for the glory of God’s Kingdom. See you tomorrow Brother for a great lesson!!
Location: Greater Naples YMCA 5450 YMCA Road, Naples, FL 34109
|Doors Open: 7:00 am Meeting: 7:30-8:30 am|
Thanks to Mark Somers for bringing the Bagels!
Speaker: Jim McLaren
Big Idea: “Where Are You Growing Seeds?”
Jim and his wife Gail moved to Naples in January of 2018 to plant a church. They knew only three people in town and had no members, no money, no building. But what they had was a call from God to plant a church in Naples. That seed planted in their hearts has grown into a network of relationships, a prayer meeting, two small group Bible studies, a lease with North Naples Middle School to hold services in the cafeteria, and a desire to share the good news of Jesus with the people of Collier County – all of which adds up Paradise Coast Church.
Jim has been serving churches big and small since 1981 primarily in the Cleveland and Akron area of North East Ohio. In 2011 Jim left the United Methodist Church to join the Evangelical Covenant Church for the opportunity to be involved in church planting. Since then he has been involved in 3 church plants on the West Side of Cleveland. A church planting axiom is you reach who you are. A baby boomer from Ohio Jim has moved to Naples to work with all the other baby boomers from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and other places up north.
Jim is from near Youngstown, Ohio and Gail is from Akron, Ohio. They met at Bowling Green State University, graduated one weekend and got married the next. Jim got a Masters of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts School of Theology and Gail got a PHT (putting hubby through). Jim also got a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Methodist School of Theology in Ohio. He is the author of Coffee with Matt and Joe. They have four adult children: Kate, Dan, Scott, and Tim. They have two grandchildren so far –Alex and Amelia. In their spare time they enjoy the beach, not shoveling snow, and Jim hasn’t been able to stop rooting for the Cleveland sports teams.