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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.  Want to make a financial gift to Trusting the Promise?  Tap our app’s “Give” icon, text GIVE to 615-433-5152, or use this link

Trusting the Promise update from our Executive Minister


MARCH 2020

As most of you know, I have never had a job in accounting or finance. My background as a minister is that I was a student minister for 11 years and a preaching minister for nearly 19. However, at WellSpring, one of my responsibilities is overseeing an amazing team of accountants and financial people who love the Lord and faithfully steward the church’s financial resources. So, because of my background, when crazy times like these come, my natural instinct is to respond on a pastoral level – not a financial one.

The effects of the coronavirus have left a lot of people unsettled. The not-too-distant future looks murky. However, God is not nervous or worried. He isn’t in heaven wearing out His rug pacing back and forth.

When our kids were little, we taught all of them Psalm 56:3: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” Fear, anxiety, and worry may be part of the human experience, but over and over again, God’s Word asks us to place our hope in Him.

Deuteronomy 31:8: “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me.”

John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

On a pastoral level, we want you to be encouraged – and we want to know if you have any personal needs. If you do, please reach out to us. You can use the WellSpring app and tap the pastoral care icon. It will take you to a form where you can leave us a message. Another way you can reach us is by texting the word “urgent” to 615-433-5152. And finally, you can reach us by emailing us at

I do also want to say “thank you” for your generosity. Even though we have only held online services for the last couple of weeks, many of you have continued to give online, through the app, or by text. And while things are temporarily different, our mission hasn’t changed. When you give, it still goes to help people follow Jesus.

As we have pivoted from meeting together on our physical campus to meeting online, our ministry staff has been working hard to facilitate online meetings among LifeGroups and students. We are producing new materials for families with children. Our Prime ministry is working on new and better ways for our “seasoned” WellSpringers to stay connected and be ministered to.

Over the past couple of days, the decision has been made to direct additional financial resources to The Well Food Pantry and the feeding of hungry children. We are shifting resources to areas where we can meet more needs. And while we may not be able to meet every need, we are committed to doing all that we can.

We will also continue to see construction on the new facility. Thank you for continuing to support our Trusting the Promise initiative. We are currently working on the lobby roof, brick work, traffic flow, and plumbing. We know that it might seem unusual to continue to work on a building we can’t use, but we know that these days won’t last forever. One day, we will be able to worship again on our physical campus and we will need the new space to help more and more people in Spring Hill and Columbia follow Jesus.

WellSpringers, thank you again for your generosity. Blessings to you for your love for Jesus and His church. And finally, peace to you my brothers and sisters during these crazy days.




JUNE 2019

Construction has begun.

On June 19th, when construction began, I had “a moment.”

We have been talking and planning and working toward construction for over a year and a half. We have had to rework plans a number of times to accommodate a complicated site. And once it all started, I was a little overcome by emotion and gratitude.

We are building something so big that if God isn’t in it, it’s going to fail. And my promise to Him in prayer is that He will get the glory for the new construction, renovation, all of it! When construction started we didn’t pat ourselves on the back and say, “Look at what we’ve done.” It was, “Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you God.”

We need to remember that our efforts without God will always fall short.

Jeremiah 17:5 says, “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

My continuous prayer is for God to be our Help, for God to provide wisdom, and for God to intervene as often as possible. Construction will provide twists and turns and ups and downs. But God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and during this process, we are going to trust Him and lean on Him and pray.

What’s happening now and next?

The first order of business with the site work is the construction of a retaining wall by the flood plain. Next will be for bulldozers to shape the parking lot and dig out the detention basin by Duplex Road. Footers will then be poured for the foundation and then they start building walls. A lot of things will start happening…hopefully, quickly.

You will also notice construction material around the site. The site is extremely complicated. Building on an existing site with very little extra space presents a huge challenge for storage. Needless to say, we will do the best we can with what little space we have. Any short-term mess is worth the long-term result. We hope that we will reach hundreds if not thousands more because of what God can do in the buildings that are built for His purposes.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at You can also check out the new construction camera at the top of this page

Barry Clark, Executive Minister

MARCH 2019

With the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Trusting the Promise initiative coming up on March 3rd, I want to update you on how things are going with construction and finances.

First, construction is sloooooowwwww. 

It would be great if you could decide to build a new 720-seat auditorium and then just start. But it doesn’t work that way. And unfortunately, as anyone familiar with construction knows, there are delays.

What we didn’t anticipate was that the cost of storm water detention is a lot more expensive than what was originally projected. As designed, it’s unaffordable. Well, we could build it, but we would also have to have church in it because we wouldn’t have enough money to build the new auditorium. I’m joking… kinda.

Our best course of action is to go back and value engineer the original design. We need to find a new cost-effective solution. And then we need to get Spring Hill to approve that solution. This is why we are being delayed. And what makes it worse, to me, is that we can’t be doing other things. Resolving the storm water detention issue is the first thing on the “to-do” list.

Second, God gets all the glory.

As one of our finance team members said when we found out about this dilemma: “None of this was a surprise to God.”  And, isn’t it better to have God on your side than to have all the money you need and not need God at all?

When things like this happen, I often remind myself we are doing something so big and difficult that, if God isn’t in it, it’s going to fail. And when the work is all over with, we aren’t going to be able to point to anything and say, “Look what we did!” We will point to the new auditorium and renovated spaces for kids and students and say, “God did that!”

Third, speaking of money…

All the money that has been given or will be given designated to “Trusting the Promise” will be used only for “Trusting the Promise” initiatives. We aren’t going to use those gifts to pay the light bill, or increase salaries, or for any general budget expenses. It’s accumulating and will be used only for construction costs and the costs associated with planting a satellite campus in Columbia next year. The elders, finance team, and staff are dedicated to being good stewards of what has been entrusted to us.

And finally, have you noticed the renderings?

By the front entrance we recently added two framed renderings. The one on the right is what the inside of the new auditorium will look like. The one on the left is what the front of the building will look like from Duplex Road. If you didn’t look closely, you might have thought they were actual pictures.  

If you have any questions, you can contact me at Or if you really geek out on construction things like underground detention, PIVs, and sprinkler systems, we can talk about those too.

Barry Clark, Executive Minister



A Year-End Update on Generosity and Trusting the Promise…

As Executive Minister, one of my responsibilities is to serve alongside the elders, finance team, and staff to ensure that we are being good stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us. On behalf of all those groups, I want to thank you for your generosity in 2018.

As a church, we continue to grow and your generosity allows us to meet the needs of a growing church. And your generosity allows us to do some really cool things that impact our community and our world. Here are three…

1) Our growing children ministries and student ministries have required us to spend money renovating our existing facilities to accommodate more and more kids.

2) Through our JetPack program, we are able to provide hundreds of weekend meals for hungry kids in Williamson and Maury counties.

3) We are ministry partners with Stadia. Stadia is a church planting ministry that helped plant WellSpring fifteen years ago. Their motto is “A church for every child.” Currently they are in the middle of a push to plant 150 new churches.

All of those things, and more, are possible only through your generosity.

Also, earlier this year, we began a new initiative called “Trusting the Promise.” The main purpose of “Trusting the Promise” is that we want to help more people in Spring Hill and Columbia follow Jesus.

We are going to do that by expanding our campus here in Spring Hill, we’ve started several new ministries to the people of Maury County, and in the next couple of years we want to plant a new WellSpring Campus in Columbia.

None of that is possible without your generosity. So it was exciting that you pledged, through 2020, $1.274M toward these efforts.

We would also ask your prayers for a key vote by the city of Spring Hill on Monday, December 10th that would allow us to break ground and begin building.

As a church, what we want to do is leverage the resources God has entrusted to us to help more and more people follow Jesus.

As the end of the year approaches, if you haven’t ever given, we would love to have you consider giving and support the ministry of the church. Also, if you are already giving to WellSpring, we want to say “thanks.” The last Sunday of the year is in four weeks – December 30. In order for contributions to be deductible for 2018, we must receive them by that day.

If you have any questions at all, you can contact me by email at or by calling our church office at 615-302-0721.

Remember, thanks to your generosity, WellSpring is able to function at a high capacity. And we want to finish the 2018 year financially strong because we are very excited about what God is going to do in 2019.

Barry Clark, Executive Minister



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.


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 Clark

Executive Minister


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.

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, 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”


Building renderings


Informational materials


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