Charlie Cotherman, pastor of Oil City Vineyard Church, served as co-editor of the recently released book Sent to Flourish: A Guide to Planting and Multiplying Churches. The book, published by InterVarsity Press, a prominent Christian Press, is a unique guide to lead current and prospective church planters as they seek to cultivate healthy and growing church communities.
Charlie, recognized as the Chamber’s Young Professional of the Year in 2018, speaks of the value of belonging to the Chamber’s network: “The Chamber connects you to people who want to be connected across different spheres; the connection symbolically shows an investment in the community.”
When starting to plant Oil City Vineyard in 2016, Charlie immediately got involved in the Chamber and the community. Church planting, as he described, is more than just starting a church, it’s creating a “mini movement,” and is an “entrepreneurial approach” to church growing.
Charlie describes the three dimensions of his calling as husband/father, pastor, and scholar/teacher. He is excited to share that his own book, titled To Think Christianly, is expected to be released this spring. Learn more about Sent to Flourish at ivpress.com/sent-to-flourish and keep an eye out for information on his next book.
This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s November 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.