A new church will soon be starting in Fort Scott which is being started from Family Life Assembly of God (FLAG) of Pittsburg.
At 3 p.m. on May 22, FLAG will be hosting a first interest meeting at the Fort Cinema Movie Theater, 224 W. 18th.
“We want to start being in the community and give the opportunity for people in Fort Scott to come learn what were all about,” said Grady Proffitt, Fort Scott Campus Pastor for FLAG.
“We will be in the exact location where we will host our Sunday morning worship services starting September 11,” he said. “Everyone and anyone are welcome as we get to share and our plan and meet new people!”
History of the Church Plant
FLAG Church began the church planting process in 2019, he said, but they had a transition with lead pastor’s at the church as well as the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in early 2020.
“FLAG decided to pause and wait for the dust to settle during the pandemic before continuing the process to church plant,” he said.
In the pandemic, the Fort Scott Assembly of God Church closed late last year, he said.
“The pastor lost his wife to COVID,” Profitt said.
“We believe God is sending us to be another light in a great community”, he said. “FLAG’s decision to plant a video venue campus was heavily influenced by the closing of (the) other affiliated Assemblies of God church in Fort Scott just this past year. Our heart is to be another avenue for people of Fort Scott to be a part of a healthy church community and become disciples of Jesus!”
“Everything is live (in a video venue), except a message that will come from the church in Pittsburg,” Proffitt said. Tom Jacobs is the pastor of that church, with an attendance at about 480 people. “In person attendance has been going up (since the waning of the pandemic),” he said.
“We think God is sending us there for a reason,” he said. “We are not replacing a church, we are starting a new church.”
“Through God’s perfect timing, we as a church have said yes to God’s call and we are planting FLAG Fort Scott Sunday, September 11th, 2022.”
Proffitt, 27, and his wife, Jacque, have a one-year-old son, Tyson.
Proffitt attended the James River Leadership College, Springfield, MO. then earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Evangel University, Springfield. He has been in ministry seven years and helped plant James River Church in Joplin and has been at FLAG for two years.
“I love pastoring,” he said. “I will still be under the administration of FLAG Church, with the official title of campus pastor.”
There will be several “interest” meetings, he said. This one in May, then one in June, one in July and one in August.
“At the meetings we will tell about who we are and listen and hear what people are excited about,” Proffitt said.
Family Life Assembly of God can be contacted in the following ways for more information: