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the Timothy Initiative

Church Planting in Northern India,
Partnering with The Timothy Initiative

Jesus invites us to be part of changing the world. When He called us to “go and make disciples of all nations” He appointed and equipped us to share His message of hope with anyone and everyone.

That means, we plant churches all around the world! We – no matter who we are or what we do – are Church Planters! Let’s go! 

A Unified Mission

Kensington has committed to support The Timothy Initiative in northern India along with six other metro Detroit churches! You can see why this is big: we’re partnering to bring Jesus to a place in desperate need of Him, and we’re doing it with other local churches – a unified mission! We’ve joined with Woodside, Oak Pointe, Heritage, Grumlaw, Bellcreek, and River Bible Church to raise $1M for disciple-training and church-planting in northern India, a predominantly Hindu region. Together, we’ll plant 3,333 churches. Through The Timothy Initiative – an expert organization for global church planting – a church can be strategically and solidly started in a new location for $300. Kensington alone has committed to starting 1,000 churches in this project.

All it takes is $300 to plant one church in northern India; that church reaches approximately 200 people, and trains disciples to continue sharing. The Timothy Initiative has a Biblically based system for training disciples that is a two-year period focusing on new believers and multiplication, obedience-based discipleship, and mentoring. 

When you commit to $300, you are launching a new church!

FAQ

How do I join and help start a church?

It takes $300 to plant a church. You can join this project by donating as an individual or with your family members, friends, neighbors, or small group. The donation could be a one-time $300 gift, or you can sign up for $6 per week or $25 per month for one year. Every person, every budget, can plant a church. When we all work together, we’ll reach a million! We invite you to be a church planter. Signing up is simple! Signing up is simple! Let us know you’re “in” on this page now, or through the Kensington app, or text the words ‘Kensington Plant’ to the number 77977 and follow the link.  Join with us today!

What exactly is church planting?

Church planting is simply ‘starting a new church.’ A seed is planted in the ground and over time it grows into a plant and bears fruit. It’s the same for the church. A few disciples (someone who is learning the practices and teachings of Jesus) plant a church and then over time, God grows that seed and more and more individuals are touched by the hope, love, and healing His church brings to a community. That’s why church planting is so important. Each church plant has a different way, pace, and style of growing – but Jesus’ message is so amazing that we know lives will be transformed.

What is The Timothy Initiative?

The Timothy Initiative is Kensington’s 11th Global Partner (we announced this in December 2020). This organization has a proven Bible-based method of training indigenous leaders in more than 40 countries that are multiplying disciple-makers and church planters to share the Gospel with some of the least-reached areas of the world.

What are Kensington’s Global Partners?

Kensington now has 11 Global Partners all across the world—India, Kenya, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Egypt, Israel & Palestine, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nepal, Brazil, and now Northern India partnered with The Timothy Initiative. Each partnership is Kensington serving under an indigenous leader, through a multiplication church planting movement. Each partner is actively planting churches or serving the local church, because we know that churches reach people with the Gospel message all over the world. As each partner starts new churches, they actively seek to holistically meet the needs of the people in their country through clean water, medical care, orphan care, education, as a means to share the Gospel.

Why northern India?

Northern India is a predominantly Hindu region, a particularly difficult place for Christians. The church planters are taking great risks for their faith and desire to share Jesus with others. Our partnership will be focused on two Indian states: Jharkhand in North Central India and Uttarakhand in the far North.

The Timothy Initiative: Kabir

Watch this video to learn more about The Timothy Initiative (TTI) and hear a powerful message from Kabir – he describes the powerful transformation in his life because of finding Jesus through TTI.

The Timothy Initiative: Jatiner Kumar ​

Watch this to learn more about church planting, The Timothy Initiative, and another life transformation story of finding redemption, peace and freedom in Jesus.

The Timothy Initiative: Jatiner Kumar

Watch this to learn more about church planting, The Timothy Initiative, and another life transformation story of finding redemption, peace and freedom in Jesus.

The Timothy Initiative: Kabir

Watch this video to learn more about The Timothy Initiative (TTI) and hear a powerful message from Kabir – he describes the powerful transformation in his life because of finding Jesus through TTI.

The Timothy Initiative: Indrani

This is Indrani’s story. Watch this and see how she overcame darkness and despair – her life was forever changed when she met a disciple-maker and came to know and love Jesus. She is now a disciple-maker herself and has led 8 of her family members to know the Lord, and has shared the Gospel with more than 1,100 people!

The Timothy Initiative: Indrani ​

This is Indrani’s story. Watch this and see how she overcame darkness and despair – her life was forever changed when she met a disciple-maker and came to know and love Jesus. She is now a disciple-maker herself and has led 8 of her family members to know the Lord, and has shared the Gospel with more than 1,100 people!

The Timothy Initiative: Sunny

Watch Sunny’s story and see how powerful God truly is, and how one simple conversation changed one man’s life for eternity.

The Timothy Initiative: Sunny

Watch Sunny’s story and see how powerful God truly is, and how one simple conversation changed one man’s life for eternity.

More questions?

Contact our Development Team at questions@kensingtonchurch.org
or call 248-786-0637.
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Learning Labs

Experience a closer connection with God and His presence in your life while meeting others who are pursing the same.  Explore rhythms and practices that can help us abide in the love, grace and hope of God.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Clarkston

Orion

Birmingham Campus

We are offering a time for our congregation to gather after the 10am service for prayer in the Groves Auditorium, 20500 W 13 Mile Rd, Beverly Hills, MI 48025.

On Sunday evening, Dec 5, parents of high school and middle school students are invited to the second half of our Edge gathering at Genesis Church, 309 N Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at 6:15pm. We will have a breakout to equip parents in caring for themselves and processing pain with their children in times of tragedy.

Parents & Student Resources

Parents – self care is critical. It’s important to do your own processing with another adult so that you can be more present as your child processes. Here are tools that you can use to get you started.

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Counselors Are Needed After Tragedy

“The aftermath of the Oxford shooting tragedy will undoubtedly result in traumatic symptoms and experiences across our communities for quite some time. Healing the brain through evidence-based therapies is absolutely possible with clinical guidance. There is a valuable village of Trauma Therapists with collective resources standing by for Oxford, for both direct and secondary survivors to engage in therapy. Until then, we honorably hold a sacred space, as students, families, staff and school partners continue to mourn.” -Laura Azoni, LMSW, Founder of Sanctuary Services

Orion Campus

We believe that unity at this time is more important than ever. Several churches in the area are partnering together to offer space for students to begin the process of healing.

We will have several grief and trauma specialists on site this Sunday evening at our Orion Campus (4640 S Lapeer Rd Lake Orion, MI 48359) from 5-6:30pm and will have a night of prayer, worship and an opportunity for students to process with each other.

Tate Myre Funeral:
Monday, 12.6 Visitation 1 to 8pm
Tuesday, 12.7 Visitation 10-12pm and funeral at Noon

Clinton Township Campus

We will be offering a time for our congregation to gather after each service for a time of corporate prayer in the Greatroom. Prayer will be offered at 10:15 am and 12:15 pm. (25000 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48036)

This Sunday at 3:30 pm as a community we want to gather, pray and mourn together. We are all looking for answers and wondering why tragedy happens but we can find hope and peace in Jesus. 

Troy Campus

Join us Sunday night, December 5th for a Community Prayer Vigil at Kensington Church at 6:00 pm. Invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to come together for a time of hope and prayer. 

Following the Vigil, at 7:00 pm, there will be breakouts for students and for parents to process and be equipped in caring for themselves and those around in times of tragedy.

Marriage Classes

What grows marriages? Focusing on the two of you and being in community!
The Marriage Course includes seven sessions, designed to help couples invest in their relationship and build a strong marriage. Some couples do the course to intentionally invest in their relationship, others are looking to address more specific challenges. Either way, the course offers essential tools and practical ideas to help you build a relationship that lasts a lifetime. The Marriage Course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background.

Please email marriage@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Financial Peace University (FPU)

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a catalyst to help people live in financial freedom and enable them to have a posture of openhandedness. We have witnessed numerous Kensington families experience life change as a result of applying Biblical truths to their personal finances. The real blessing is seeing people create lives of margin that allow them to hear and respond to the Lord’s calling on their lives.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

Bible Basics

Whether you are brand new to the Bible or have been reading it for decades, Bible Basics is a course that will help you understand the overall flow of the Bible. Over the course of several weeks, learn how the Bible came from the original writers to the English versions we have today. We’ll look at the big-picture story of the Bible and how all the individual books add to the whole. We’ll even learn a little about the history of the Jewish nation. But most of all, we’ll grow in our awe of the amazing author of this amazing book!

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

All Campus

Clarkston

Clinton Township

Orion

Alpha

What is my purpose? What value does the Bible have in my life? How do I pray? How can I grow in confidence to share my faith? These are the big questions that are at the heart of what it means to have a relationship with God. Alpha is a space to explore life’s big questions, to say what you think and to hear other people’s points of view. Over ten-weeks you will explore and discover while listening to weekly topics, participating in table discussion, and developing community. Alpha courses meeting in-person gather around a meal.

You don’t have to come for the whole series—just check it out for the first session and see what you think. No pressure.

Please email discipleship@kensingtonchurch.org with any questions.

All Campus

Orion

Troy

Clinton Township

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GROUP LEADER DEVELOPMENT

Together Again

updated June 23, 2021

It’s been life-giving to be in-person for our weekend services since last July when we reopened. If you haven’t yet, we invite you to join us in person sometime soon.

Reservations and ticketing have been discontinued at all our campuses.

Masks are optional at all services, events, and ministry gatherings for kids, students, and adults. We know that everyone needs to make the right health decisions for themselves and their family, so if you feel comfortable removing your mask, you may. And if you’d like to continue wearing a mask or face covering, you may do that as well. This is a personal choice that only you can decide what is best for yourself when attending in person at Kensington.

If you are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19, please plan to stay home and participate in our services via our many online streaming options.

At the start of the pandemic, Kensington’s Executive Team commissioned a group of staff members as a COVID Task Force to establish protocols and procedures for the safety of our church community. Thanks for sticking with us throughout all the changes and adjustments over the past 15 months.

We’re grateful to be together again!