In October of 2009, a church plant launch team started forming and meeting in a downtown Shelbyville retail store owned by BJ Andriot. We focused on the teachings of Jesus and the scriptures, building relationships, sharing meals, serving others, and praying (Acts 2:42.) As we continued into mid 2010, the team decided on a name: Christ Community Church (CCC.) We would continue to engage and intersect people with the good news of Jesus through our mission of loving God, loving people, and loving/serving our community. It’s been an exciting and challenging journey, but we have much to be thankful over.
7-2010: Christ Community Church incorporates & affirms a budget goal to give 50% of all we receive to local/state/international missions.
8-2010: CCC launches our church covenant at the Webb House. This includes worship & prayer, Baptisms, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and affirming our Pastor/Elder Council. Financial and Hospitality Teams are organized & CCC hires Katie Gaither as Administrative Assistant. CCC begins to financially support and serve on a monthly basis its designated partners: Operation Care, Open Door of Hope (Men’s Homeless Shelter), ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Austin Willard – a missionary sent to the University of Kentucky Campus & the International Mission Board through SBC & KBC.
9-2010: Social media is established featuring an interactive blog/website at www.loveshelbyville.com, and a presence on Facebook & Twitter. CCC meets at Southside Elementary to pray and prepare.
10-10-10: CCC and the launch team hold their first open gathering at Southside Elementary which includes set up for CommunityKIDS (birth through 5th grade), worship & celebration area, hospitality stations, and a full coffee bar.
10/11-2010: Community Groups begin meeting in three homes & another group is added in November. Over 30 folks serve at the Southside Elementary Fall Festival through various activities, a Sunday morning/church wide service project at Operation Care is held and many contribute. CCC starts to build awareness with loveshelbyville.com stickers & t-shirts at the downtown Shelbyville Celebration of Lights event. We also celebrated baptisms this month.
12-2010: CCC buys toys for over 80 children at Southside in need of holiday assistance, celebrates the birth of Christ throughout December, and hosts a special Christmas Eve Gathering.