THE STORY BEHIND CHURCH OF THE CITY
In all of our lives there are those “God moments” we speak about. The times and seasons where the Holy Spirit gently, but very clearly leads us or speaks to us about the plans for our lives. It’s those moments that become stepping stones to defining chapters in our life story. With most of those moments comes then an opportunity to be obedient to what He speaks to us to do. I love how God provides unique opportunities to follow Him out of the boat and onto the water. For us, 2017 and 2018 has been one of those defining chapters. If you know anything about our story, you know that in Summer of 2017 Melissa and I felt a tugging to go birth something new and fresh at a church located out in west Texas in a city called Big Spring. We knew that God was leading us there so we took all the appropriate steps to make it happen. I remember this day like none other in my life...
It was the day we were going to find our home in Big Spring, when on the way we got the most terrifying phone call. My grandmother, Pastor Beverly Earley had been experiencing some moderate stomach pain for a few weeks and went to get imaging done to find out the source of her pain. The phone call we received that day would change our lives forever. As I answered my grandfather’s call all I could hear was weeping. He began to tell me that the report showed a large cancerous tumor on her pancreas. Immediately, in desperate agony, he begged us to turn around and come home and we knew that’s what we were supposed to do. We called the Pastor where we were going to be transitioning at to let him know of the news and that it wouldn’t be possible for us to come anymore. After a month of dealing with the aggressive cancer, my grandmother passed away into her heavenly home. Despite everything, we made the decision to stay in Fort Worth to help continue the church and legacy of my grandmother.
Now skip forward to August 2018, one year from the time we were moving to Big Spring. The tugging to do something different hit harder than before. We made the biggest decision of our lives to take a step away from what we knew to embark on a journey of being led by God and following the voice of the Holy Spirit. After soaking the past three months at a powerful new church in Fort Worth, we knew it was time to do what God called us to do when we stepped out in August... PLANT A CITY-SHAKING CHURCH!
Over the past month God began to reveal His plan about COTC in Hurst, Texas. There began to be many late nights and times of prayer and worship in my car where all I could think about and hear from God was about COTC. I began to seek Godly counsel from mentors and men of God in our lives that confirmed this was from God and encouraged us in embarking into this exciting journey. God spoke clearly about what COTC was supposed to be about and pointed us directly to Isaiah 58:11-14. The MSG Version says this... “I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again. If you watch your step on the Sabbath and don’t use my holy day for personal advantage, If you treat the Sabbath as a day of joy, God’s holy day as a celebration, If you honor it by refusing ‘business as usual,’ making money, running here and there—Then you’ll be free to enjoy God! Oh, I’ll make you ride high and soar above it all. I’ll make you feast on the inheritance of your ancestor Jacob. Yes! God says so!”
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