I love church. I love house church, church plants, underground church, big church, inner-city church, and rural country church. When's the last time you were in church and everyone sensed the moving of the Spirit was happening right then? There is nothing better! This is the biggest thing on earth! There is no other business more important to Jesus than the changing, morphing, growing expressiveness of His Bride. I experienced that tonight with our church.
I want to thank those who gave, dreamed and worked in obedience long before I was in service at GCC to make tonight a reality! Glory be to God! Here is the play by play of one church and how we walked through communicating the process of a Multi-Site Campus becoming an autonomous church!
On January 22nd, a meeting was held at the GCC Spring Hill Campus to discuss the details concerning the desire of that body of believers to become an autonomous church. The elders of GCC and a Spring Hill appointed Transition Team gathered last night to seek the Lord and clarity in preparation for tonight's Spring Hill Congregational Meeting.
I would point all of us to Paul's words for Church governance in Titus 1:5;
"The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you."
The very thing that Paul instructed to be accomplished in Crete is EXACTLY what is happening in Spring Hill! This might not be the exact vision that has always been in place by GCC leadership for the Spring Hill location but is clearly not out of bounds according to Paul's instructions. Paul continues his thoughts on Church governance by instructing what kind of men are to be called into the overseer position in Titus 1:6-9;
“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
The Elders of GCC met with the following Elder Candidates last night:
These men have been called to Biblical Eldership by Campus Pastor Al Squitieri and the Spring Hill Transition Team: Robert and Irene Nieman, Kaylene Squitieri, Tom Richards, Lee Lopez, John Murphy, Craig Bias, Ted Warren, and Herb Steffey.
A word of encouragement I would give to our church at this point comes from Paul in the very next sentences. The same attacks have been used against the Bride of Christ since the start of the church. We are called in this very text to ‘silence them.' There are no new problems in the church. The old ones usually work just fine to trip us up! Let's have our guard on during this time of the Lord's moving. It is clear that what is happening in Spring Hill is not against what God set as guidelines for churches to follow. So let there by none of the types of disruptiveness that is described by Paul in the early church in Titus 1:10-11;
“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach . . ."
These scriptures were shared tonight, Wednesday, January 23rd, at our congregational gathering in Spring Hill. The following bullet points lay out some information concerning questions people may have as we move forward in working together to transition to ‘plant' Spring Hill successfully.
- We desire to bring Clarity and Continuity of New Testament Church Fellowship
- There is no reason to worry about the day-to-day and weekly operation of what God is doing in the church. We are walking closely to ensure that programming happens in every area of the church at a high level of quality.
- The Generations Christian Church Trinity Eldership endorses this new direction and body of Elders.
- We believe that the desire to be an independent church, functioning with a distinct culture and DNA that honors Christ, is an acceptable desire and we support the hope of a good many in the Spring Hill family to see this happen. This is the third meeting in over two months. The first was before Christmas. Pastor Johnny and some of our GCC Elders attended a large congregational meeting to simply listen. Two more open meetings have happened in an orderly fashion to include the full heart of Spring Hill in this decision.
- We endorse the decision to continue exploration into the additional 5,000 square feet adjacent to current facility for immediate church needs.
- The Elders of this new body have met and discussed the most prudent decision for Spring Hill. At this time, they do not want to take on any debt for the land.
- GCC desires to continue all our efforts to bless the work in Spring Hill.
- Our new goal is to gift a portion of this land free of debt to Spring Hill and still position GCC to continue a Multi-Site strategy in the future. To do this, we will begin to explore options that allow us to sell portions of the land to pay for the part that Spring Hill needs for the future site and also repay the $850,000 expenditure made by GCC in 2018 in acquiring this land.
- We are asking for your patience and grace as we work out many details. We will take as long as is needed to honor the Lord and follow the example of Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”.
We want to promote everyone to be ‘all in' for Spring Hill, in deep prayer and true encouragement. We will endorse a campaign for Spring Hill's future. Many at GCC have sacrificially given to the see the gospel proclaimed. Those Kingdom investments are growing and will produce fruit for the Glory of Jesus. Long before I arrived at GCC, the mission was to ‘connect people to Christ.' That central idea still compels us in every decision we make. This mission will continue in Spring Hill. We encourage everyone to be in prayer for our new sister congregation!
Posted on Thu, January 24, 2019
by Brigitte Laslo filed under