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Trusting the Promise


 

Trusting the Promise is an initiative of prayer and sacrificial giving that will last from now until the end of 2020. Through it, we’ll create more room on our current campus while planting a WellSpring campus in Columbia. Both efforts will allow us to more effectively carry out our mission of helping people follow Jesus.

Trusting the Promise update

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Eight months ago, as a church, we began a journey together called “Trusting the Promise.” The purpose of this initiative is to help more people in Spring Hill and Columbia follow Jesus. Many WellSpringers accepted the challenge to give, serve, and pray for the success of this initiative. Here’s an update on how things are progressing. I’m calling this…THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

First, the building is coming—it just takes time.

Since the first of the year, we have been navigating through several pre-construction stages:

-There was the “Trusting the Promise” initiative itself where we communicated the vision for the future with a new WellSpring campus in Columbia, a new worship center here in Spring Hill, and a renovated auditorium that will create significantly more space for our children and student ministries.

-After our financial commitments were made, we worked our way through the loan process. We are pleased to be partners on this project with Christian Financial Resources. Our partnership with CFR began back in 2013, when they loaned us money for our current campus and facilities.

-Then there is the architectural design work. Plans shown earlier in the year were largely conceptual. Since then, we have been working on the details so the end result is a building that is functional and looks good. Design work also includes updating the master site plan. Because of the creek on our property, we are limited in how and where we can put parking lots and the new building. This is the stage where we are now. Fortunately, we are about ready to move on to the last stage…

-Getting approval from the city of Spring Hill and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. We love Spring Hill. It’s a great place to live and raise a family. But a lot of people love Spring Hill and are looking to build homes and establish businesses here. And because of the all the development we see in Spring Hill, sometimes more time is spent on the approval stage than we would like.

That’s why, even though we began the “Trusting the Promise” initiative in the spring, we are looking at breaking ground before the holidays.

The building is coming, it just takes time.

Second, WellSpring is having an impact on Columbia.

Our purpose is to help people in Spring Hill and Columbia follow Jesus. In 2020, we will be planting a WellSpring campus in Columbia, but until then, and while we are waiting to break ground here in Spring Hill, we are also having a significant impact in Maury County. Here are five unique impact points…

In the schools:  Before the school year began, dozens of WellSpringers served at E.A. Cox Middle School by doing things like painting classrooms, cleaning lockers, and tidying up teachers’ lounges. And a number of WellSpring women took time to show Christ’s love to middle schoolers at E.A. Cox’s Mother’s Lunch.

In the lives of those with food insecurity:  We help students at E.A. Cox with food insecurity through our JetPack ministry. Through our involvement with Meals on Wheels, WellSpringers deliver food to people in Maury County who are limited by transportation and financial resources.

In the lives of abused women:  Center of Hope is a safe place for mothers and their children fleeing abusive and untenable situations. WellSpringers have been providing basic necessities and clothes to help women being served by Center of Hope.

In the lives of the elderly:  Twice a month, WellSpring leads a worship service for the residents at the NHC nursing home.

In the lives of those needing help around the house:  WellSpring also has a number of handymen who are “at the ready,” willing to help people with limitations with a project they can’t do for themselves and may not have the money to pay someone else to do.

We are doing all these things now, so that when we are ready to plant WellSpring’s second campus in Columbia in 2020, we have already established we are a church who cares about people and their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.

And third, we are a little behind on our pledged giving. 

Andy and I have talked about how it can be a challenge to give when you aren’t seeing a building coming up out of the ground. Maybe, as a result, our pledge giving for the Trusting the Promise initiative has been a little behind.

Fortunately, many WellSpringers are rising up to the challenge. For the month of August, 99% of what was pledged was given! We need all our months to be like August.

I’ve never known a great church that wasn’t a generous church. And here’s where we need another perspective: While we may be a little behind on “Trusting the Promise” giving, our 2018 weekly giving is up 25% over the same period for 2017! We’ve wondered if some who pledged to “Trusting the Promise” are just including it in their weekly offering.

Whatever the reason or results, as a church, we are committed to being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Finally…

If you ever have any questions about Trusting the Promise, or if you would like to learn more about it so that you can join us on this journey, don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is barry@wellspringchristian.org.

Barry Clark

Executive Minister

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“TRUSTING THE PROMISE” UPDATE

MAY 2018

Because of you, the “Trusting the Promise” initiative has gotten off to a great start. Nearly $1,275,000 was pledged and already $186,197 has come in. That’s tremendous!

But “Trusting the Promise” isn’t really about money as much as it is about people. “Trusting the Promise” is really about helping more people in Spring Hill and Columbia follow Jesus. It’s about expanding and renovating our existing campus so that we have more room for more people to become part of the WellSpring church family. As more and more people move to the Nashville area, “Trusting the Promise” is about establishing a new WellSpring location in Columbia to meet a growing need.

And one of the most exciting things about “Trusting the Promise” is going to be seen over the next few months as we begin serving in Columbia. Before we establish a WellSpring location there, we want to lead with love. We are already helping feed children dealing with food insecurity. And now we have a group of WellSpringers, led by Arica Robinson, who are looking for other ways for us to serve.

The Bible calls us to help widows and orphans, so one of the ways we are going to serve Columbia is to lead a monthly worship service in a nursing home. When our Backyard Vacation Bible School begins in Spring Hill on July 17, we are also going to offer Backyard VBS in Columbia. And then on Sunday, July 22, we are going to have a blood drive on our campus to benefit Maury County Regional Hospital.

“Trusting the Promise” is just getting started. Through the end of 2020, we are going to see a lot of changes and improvements. We are also going to have lots of opportunities to make an impact in our community.

We are glad that you’re a part of it. And if you’re not yet part of it, we hope you will join us on this journey.

His,
Barry Clark
Executive Minister

Learn more or get involved

 

-Need a Trusting the Promise commitment card? Take 10 seconds to fill out this form, and we’ll mail one to you.

-Made a Trusting the Promise commitment?  Interested in setting up an automatic, recurring gift to fulfill your pledge?  Get started here (or, if you prefer giving through The Current, use this page instead).

-Want to join the team of WellSpringers that’s already beginning to serve Columbia? E-mail Arica@KevinRobinsonDesign.com, or join this group in The Current.

-Stream audio and video of Trusting the Promise sermons here.

-View all of our Trusting the Promise videos here, or check out this playlist:

An Introduction to “Trusting the Promise”

 


Informational materials

 


Commitment card (right click / tap & hold here to download)