Join us for worship this Sunday—online at 9:35am, or in our auditorium at 8:15, 9:35, or 11:05am!

Who we are

Our story

In 2003, a small group of people felt led by God to start a new church in Spring Hill, Tennessee.  With support from Stadia (an organization dedicated to starting new churches) and Franklin Christian Church (a local church just north of Spring Hill), this group began to meet, pray, study the Bible, strengthen their friendships, and share their hopes about what God might have planned for the future.  They decided to name this new congregation “WellSpring Christian Church,” to symbolize Jesus’ offer to give water which would quench one’s thirst forever.  On October 19, 2003, WellSpring opened its doors to Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, and Columbia-area residents for its first Sunday morning worship service at Spring Hill Elementary School.

Since that time, WellSpring has stayed committed to helping people follow Jesus, encouraging all people to quench their spiritual thirst forever through repentance and acceptance of God’s love and forgiveness.  We meet every Sunday to worship together—online at 9:35am, and in person at 8:15am, 9:35am and 11:05am (learn about service-specific mask requirements and children’s + student ministry programming here). We also gather through the week as smaller LifeGroups.  We’ve launched The Well (our city’s food pantry) and The JetPack Project.  And we now have a ministry facility of our own at 1001 Chapman’s Crossing (just off Duplex Road, near the I-65 overpass).

While the overall story of WellSpring is exciting, we think that the personal stories are even more amazing and important.  Those personal stories – written each time someone decides to follow Jesus or even allow God to come one step closer – are the ones that change families, communities, and the world.

Our purpose

The mission that Jesus left for his followers is to “Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded…” (Matthew 28:19).   As a church, our purpose is to carry out that mission by “Helping people follow Jesus.”

It’s a simple purpose with limitless potential, and it looks a bit different for each person in our family. We may help long-time followers of Jesus continue on their path by providing encouragement and outreach opportunities. At the same time, we might fulfill our purpose by simply giving a skeptic a safe place to ask tough questions—and by providing candid answers from our life experiences and the Bible.

In short, we truly believe that our success or failure as a church hinges on whether we have fulfilled our purpose of helping people follow Jesus. Any other measures of worth or achievement are secondary to this core purpose.

Our beliefs

“Doctrinal statements” generally fall into two categories.  Either they are so long and broad that no one really reads them, or they are designed to highlight the differences between one church (who follows Jesus) and other churches (who also follow Jesus).  The first category is worthless, and the second is completely foreign to Jesus’ prayer in John 17.  Only in a free, first-world country would we have the luxury of fighting with each other as if we’re not serving the same Lord!

We’ve chosen a different approach for WellSpring.  We have chosen to outline four foundational truths that must be starting points for our life.  We’ve followed those with four attitudes that will guide us in our disagreements on the finer details.

We can all agree that:

1) Jesus is Lord.

If Jesus is my King and Jesus is your King, we’re family! All the other points of doctrine really do matter – but they are all subject to this one. As one Christian leader said to another, “We disagree on everything but Jesus”…

“No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:3b

“My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!” – 1 John 4:1-3 (MSG)

2) God is Love.

The ultimate goal of doctrine is to know God. Our study, then, should lead us to become more and more like God. Because God is love, we must also become more and more loving! Ironically, churches who are rightly concerned about doctrine are often among the most un-loving!

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him… we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John 4:7-9, 16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17

3) Jesus came “full of grace and truth.”

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” – John 1:14, 17

Jesus was “full” of grace and “full” of Truth. Churches generally gravitate to one or the other. We seek to display outrageous amounts of grace to our broken world and irrational levels of devotion to the Truth of the Bible. Jesus wasn’t half-way graceful and half-way truthful – He was 100% of each!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

4) The Bible is right.

Although we can disagree about our interpretation of Scripture, it is essential that we start with a foundation of Scripture’s authority.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:13, 15-16

We all should approach doctrinal discussions with:

1) Unity

Again and again, Scripture tells us that God longs for a unified church… the watching world will be won by a unified church… community thrives within a unified church. Most of the doctrinal divides in the American church are over issues that are spelled out less clearly than Jesus’ plea for unity. May it be true of us that we can disagree in an agreeable, unified way.

“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” – John 17:23

2) Humility

Any doctrinally correct reading of Scripture points extensively to mankind’s need for more humility. Ephesians 4, which begs the Church to be unified, starts off like this…

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called.” – Ephesians 4:2-4

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” – 1 Corinthians 8:1

3) Freedom

Much of the doctrinal disagreements within churches lie in areas where Scripture is silent. Well intentioned believers, over the years, have “filled in the gaps” with phrases and stances that clarify and summarize God’s intent from multiple Scriptures. Churches then disagree, split, and even fight about phrases not found in Scripture. We will choose to speak clearly where the Bible speaks clearly and remain silent where Scripture is silent. In essentials, we will strive for unity; in non-essentials, we will allow for liberty.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1

4) Finite understanding

It’s also important to remember that while God, in Scripture, is always right – my understanding of God may not be 100% accurate. We are to be forever learning and growing – becoming more and more like Jesus. Inherently then, our understanding of Scriptures will deepen and grow and change over time as well. Truth is not “wishy-washy” nor is it left entirely up to “what’s right for me.” But it’s essential to approach Scripture from the perspective of finite, fallen humans trying to comprehend an infinite, eternal God.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9