A year ago today Christ Community Church had their first “official”covenant launch. in the basement of Lee and Rachel Webb’s home. It is amazing to look back on the past year and see what the Lord has done; and we know this is just the beginning. Have you heard “our” story? If you do not know how God began His work at CCC then take a minute to read this blog post. Better yet, come visit on a Sunday morning. The next four weeks, Pastor Lee Webb, will be focusing on the book of Nehemiah and the vision that he had. This will be an awesome series and while digging into the book of Nehemiah it will also allow you to hear the story of CCC. Here is some of “our story” that we hope will become a part of yours:
We don’t fit the traditional mold for church planters. We didn’t go to
seminary and couldn’t imagine being involved in starting a new church. But, that
all changed when Lee and Rachel Webb read a simple passage of scripture.
“And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy
through his own blood. Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore” Hebrews 13:12-13
The couple decided to explore the idea of joining Jesus outside of their comfort and deeper into the city of Shelbyville – They asked each other, “What really goes on with the people of our city and in these buildings?”
Loaded down with uncertainty and a ton of curiosity, Lee and some friends started connecting with some of the non-profits and ministries who were meeting the needs of people while sharing the story of Jesus. Once the Webbs ventured “outside,” God continued the movement in their hearts.
Soon after, a video was developed and shown at a created event named Make a Difference. A large room full of diverse folks joined together to learn about these outreach programs, worship, and enjoy free ice cream. The immediate impact was less measured by the amount of people who attended or the program itself. Instead, the individual hearts were motivated and the entire group responded organically. A bread salesman agreed to give his left over bread to help the local hunger need, a Spanish speaking follower of Christ agreed to lend her translation skills to a ministry who needed it desperately, and a returning college student gave his refrigerator to an operation that helps fire victims replace essential needs. Something was happening.
The burden to join God didn’t leave and the opportunities kept coming. It
wasn’t long until God started to form a passionate team of folks together to
pursue this local vision and we started gathering in October of 2009. We
made time for building relationships, praying, reading scripture, sharing
meals together, and serving the community. We wondered together, what does
sincerely loving God and loving people look like? God continued to move us
forward and give us great affirmation.
Our team continued to partner with local outreach ministries, gather together, study the teachings of Jesus and grow our relationship with God and each other. While journeying together we learned how to better articulate our vision, mission and passions. Best of all we finally had a name: Christ Community Church.
Christ Community Church’s launch team officially opened our Sunday Gatherings on 10-10-10.
We’ve taken to the streets believing what Jesus said in John 20:21,”…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Along the way, we’ve celebrated Baptisms, served in many community service projects through our LoveShelbyville efforts & at Southside Elementary, Had our first Easter together, Welcomed Shea Mercke as a wonderful new Childrens Director, seen continued growth in the CCC students minstry, engaged neighborhoods through our thriving community groups, introduced our first effort in creative arts through the Everything weekend at the Community Theatre, remained faithful to our goal of giving 50% of our income to local & international missions. Whew! Still the best part remains…Hearing all the stories of Jesus changing our community and the world…one person at a time.
We have always believed and look forward to a great movement of God. It starts when Jesus changes the heart of one, which leads to transformation in our community, and ultimately the world.