March 2014 Update

As I sit and write this, I am looking out the window to seeing quarter sized snow flakes falling. I’m not talking about three or four either; it is really coming down. To put it in perspective, I can’t see across the pond that is just a few hundred yards long. Is it just me or is this absolutely crazy?!

We were blessed as a family to have been able to be with one of our partner churches, Gilliam Springs Baptist Church, for their annual missions conference in February. While it is always a joy to see so many familiar faces and catch up with those we haven’t seen in years, I am so thankful for the love and care that this church family shows our family. What an incredible weekend for hundreds of people from Gilliam Springs and surrounding churches to come together around the call that we all have to be missionaries. There were missionaries from all over the world, those working in human trafficking, and a few church planters from around the United States. I was reminded while we are there the importance of a strong prayer team to intercede for our ministry and for the work of all those representing the King around the globe. Thank you for praying for our family and for our work here in Franklin! Join me in praying for those in our lives who scattered to the ends of the earth for the sake of the gospel!

“Where does your church meet?” This is probably the most common question I hear when talking to others about Covenant. For the time being we are meeting in our house and look to move to the community center in our neighborhood in the months to come. However, the space available in the community center is not ideal long term, especially once we begin our public worship gatherings. With this in mind, and the fact that our heart has been to gather in our local elementary school for some time, I went to meet with the principal of Pearre Creek Elementary School a couple of weeks ago. We discussed how Covenant is partnering with them and a few ways we could serve the staff, students, and families of the school over the next six months. I also took this chance to ask her about the possibility of us meeting in the school, once we get to that point. We are so blessed by her response and thankful that the Lord has opened a door for us to gather for worship in our community, specifically in Pearre Creek Elementary! While many school districts and principals are closing their facilities to churches and religious group, the Lord has moved and made a way for us to gather here. Join us in praising him for this blessing!

Do you ever feel like you have really done something well, just to find out that you missed something right in front of your face? Oh, it’s just me? No, I didn’t think so. When we first felt the Lord leading us to this neighborhood, I spent a great deal of time researching and studying the area and connecting with churches that were serving the community. Before deciding to name our church Covenant Community Church, we searched online for churches using the same or similar names, even to the point of searching the businesses registered with the State of Tennessee. This search did not reveal any information that would cause any hesitation in naming the church Covenant Community. However, we recently discovered a church in our community with a very similar name, but very different than Covenant, and believe that it could be confusing to those in the community who may not be familiar with Covenant. With this in mind, through much prayer, wise counsel, and conversations with our leadership team, we have decided to rename Covenant Community Church. Please be in prayer for us this week as we have set Friday as a deadline for renaming the church!

I will update you soon with the new name for our church and about a couple of upcoming events we are going to be doing in our community. In the meantime, please be in prayer for three families, the Fowlers, Lawrences, and WIlsons, as we leave Wednesday for the Verge Conference in Austin, TX. This is a gathering for missional leaders and focuses around practical ways to engage in mission in every area of your life. We will be driving, so pray for safe travels as we drive there on Wednesday and Thursday, and return on Sunday.

In His Grace,

Chris