Today, my friend Vince Antonucci and his family arrive in their new home, Las Vegas. Vince planted Forefront Church eleven years ago in VA Beach. He’s developed the reputation as a dude who loves Jesus and (in his words) will do anything short of sinning to reach lost people with the gospel. He’s also the author of a pretty darn good book, “I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.” Over a year ago, Vince felt that God was calling him to plant a church on the Vegas strip… yeah, the Vegas strip. A lot of people have discouraged him from doing it, calling it a “suicide mission” and saying that he’ll be lucky to have a church of fifty people (and other such things). But just as many people have wished him well, prayed for him and for Vegas, have donated funds, and even packed up their stuff to move to Vegas to help.
The Vegas strip is arguably (and ironically) the darkest street in the United States. It needs the light of the gospel badly. I’m grateful to God that Vince is crazy enough to go. The name of the new church will be Verve–which means life. I love the church’s tag line: “Stripping Church. Seeking Life.”
So, pray for Vince and his family today as they arrive to their new home (they got a killer deal on a foreclosure). Pray for their first weeks their as they get settled in, get their kids in school, and as they get to know the city. Pray for Sin City, that it will be recaptured for the kingdom of God and for the glory of Jesus Christ. This one will be weird, but pray that Christians from other churches will stay in their churches, and allow those who really need the gospel to find it at Verve.
Here are some online places where you can follow Vince’s journey in Vegas: