1 + 1 = 3 How Two Churches Can Combine To Better Serve Their Community

James Nugent

James has served as Transitional Pastor and Upstate Strategist for the SC Baptist Convention. In addition to serving churches, he also manages Ends of the Earth Apiary as a beekeeper and selling local honey to support local college students desiring to serve God through international mission projects.

After 166 years of ministry in the community, Oak Grove Baptist has new life for future generations through an adoption style merger withHub City Church. The two churches separated only by Interstate 26 were both pursuing similar visions to “be the church” in the community through relational discipleship and partnerships.

Oak Grove was several months into implementing their vision for revitalization formed during the Intentional Church Multiplication Process (ICMP) under the direction of a transitional pastor, and Hub City was just beginning to cast a new vision through the same process when God cast a larger vision of uniting two congregations into one with greater potential to accomplish their vision. Through a process much like a dating relationship, the leadership began meeting, praying and casting a vision for a united church in the current Oak Grove Baptist facilities. After many meetings, both congregations affirmed the merger and will hold their first united worship service in the Oak Grove Baptist facilities on September 18th at 10:30am.

img_20160918_103121092The new congregation will worship and serve under the name Hub City Church and be led by the current pastoral leadership from Hub City Church. In an effort to unify the church and provide equal representation, the pastors will be guided by a combined leadership community from both previous memberships. With the vast resources of the Oak Grove facilities, this team will have multiple opportunities mobilize the congregation to “be the church” to their neighbors and beyond.

img_20160918_103352456God is truly doing a new work in the community. Combining the rich history of an established church and the vision of a young church, this new united congregation will continue to bear witness for generations to come to the mission of God to reach all with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

To learn more about his newly united congregation, Hub City Church, visit  http://www.hubcitychurch.com/ , our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/HubCityChurch/. You can also contact Jonathan Everette (jonathaneverette@charter.net) or James Nugent (jnugent1212@gmail.com) with any questions or requests for more information.

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